This healthy “thing” is hard. It seems like everywhere I turn there is something delicious that I want, but can’t or shouldn’t have. From ice cream to heavy meals (Cuban is my fave), restrictions on my favorite foods has made for one cranky lady.
One thing I’ve started trying to do is swap my favorite junk foods for something similar, but healthier. For example, I live for Edy’s ice cream, but low-fat or not, too much ice cream is going to shoot my fitness goals to hell. So when I’m having a buy one, get one free craving for Edy’s, I buy their fruit bars instead. I get the same sweet relief, but from fruit and it does the trick … sometimes. Hey, I’m human.
Another thing I’m doing is swapping my juice. Yes, I know that juice can be a sugary devil, but instead of my normal faux iced tea mix (haven’t had any in 6 months!), which is packed with sugar, I drink apple juice instead. This way I get my juice craving quenched, but without all the extra sugar … and pounds.
Of course steps like these are small, but they definitely help me to curb cravings and pay closer attention to what I’m putting in my body.
Maybe one day I can live a faux iced tea and Edy’s free existence, but today is not that day so these will do just fine.
What are your food swaps? Do the swaps help with your cravings?