5 Ways to Conquer Your Junk Food Cravings

It’s no secret that many people reach for junk food when they’re stressed out. Here are 5 ways to combat those urges.

When you’re stressed out, a rush of sugar or carbs satisfies a momentary craving by curbing cortisol, the hormone released when you’re feeling pressure. The problem is that this can train you to seek out sugary treats whenever you’re stressed. Instead of noshing on unhealthy snacks, try these five stress busters instead:

  1. Take a walk
    If you have the urge to snack when you’re stressed, hit the pavement or the trails and take a 15-minute walk. You’ll get an endorphin boost, which can help you relax.

  2. Peel an orange
    When you peel a citrus fruit, you need to drop what you’re doing and use both hands. The smell of citrus has also been proven to be calming. Peel slowly, breathing deeply to inhale the scent.

  3. Distract yourself
    Instead of peeling an orange, you could go the other way and try to preoccupy yourself with a short, fun activity. Try texting a friend, or playing a quick game on your phone.

  4. Keep healthy snacks on hand
    If you have healthy snacks close by, you’re probably less likely to indulge in that donut or piece of cake. Aim for satisfying snacks that are packed with protein, like nuts or yogurt, to help you control cravings.

  5. Try some cinnamon tea
    Research has found that cinnamon can help keep insulin levels in check, which can help you feel less hungry.

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