Simple Trick to Curb Junk Food Cravings

September 20, 2018

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Junk food is everywhere! If you walk down to the vending machine at work it's full of candy bars, cookies, and honey buns. How many healthy options are in there? And if you've been the grocery store lately, you've probably noticed that junky food is always on sale. It's rarely the healthy cereal you'll find a BOGO deal on. It's always the sugar-coated, calories filled junk. 

Tomorrow, July 21st, is actually National Junk Food Day! I am not kidding. It's a day that encourages people to indulge in their favorite junk food and post photos on social media! 

I try to make healthy choices, but sometimes I get a hankering for some junk food. Sometimes my cravings are hormonal and other times they are just because.

If you struggle to say no to junk food like chips, cookies, ice cream, candy, etc I may have found a trick to help you. How can you curb those craving all day long?

Why am I sharing a weird video of some person dressed up as a dancing California raisin? Because they could be the answer to stopping your junk food cravings. 

The New York Post published an article with some research from Dr. Leslie Korn who claims that eating one single raisin slowly can make the bad cravings stop! One single raisin? How? 

"Place the raisin in your mouth and turn it around, exploring the fruit’s surface with your tongue. Then slowly chew the raisin, observing its soft center and complexity of flavor. Swallow and remain still, imagining the fruit traveling down to your stomach," she says. 

You can actually use a small bite of anything for the exercise. You just want to focus on the texture and taste. This trick will cause parasympathetic dominance and that will release more GABA and help reduce anxiety and the cravings. These increased GABA receptors stabilize your appetite. Ah-Ha! 

What's the junk food you have the hardest time resisting? I love ice cream especially in the Summer, but it's a once and a while treat. There are new, healthier ice cream options out that are low in calories, carbs, sugars, and fats.