Today I want to share how to stop food cravings when not hungry.
This is for you if you’re one of those people who thinks about food all the time and who finds yourself eating all the time.
Whether you have developed health issues, gained weight, or feel miserable with guilt and shame, I can help on how to stop food cravings when not hungry.
You can finally become the person you want to be when you feel confident and in control and can enjoy what you love most, whether that is playing with your kids, grandkids, or being more active and productive.
Most people want to stop thinking about food and being obsessed with cravings so they can finally be happy and focus on what matters in their lives rather than feeling guilty.
Reasons why you struggle to know how to stop food cravings when not hungry
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Firstly it is important to understand what makes cravings stronger before we can find ways to stop cravings.
I always try to determine the root cause of my client’s issues, since dealing with the root causes is more effective long-term than applying a band-aid to a problem.
People with cravings usually have a combination of underlying issues. On one hand, long-term limiting beliefs or trauma contribute to perfectionism, self-sabotage, and procrastination. On the other hand, years of eating the wrong things have affected some systems, including gut health, neurotransmitters, and hormones, causing cravings to worsen.
Other obstacles to curb your food cravings can be:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Depleted brain chemistry (low neurotransmitters)
- Low-calorie dieting
- Unresolved trauma
- Blood sugar instability
- Low thyroid function
- An imbalance of hormones
- Parasites or yeast overgrowth (parasites can be triggered by antibiotics, travel, or pets)
- Fatty acid deficiency
Let’s focus on quick and immediate tips that make it easier for you to know how to stop food cravings when not hungry.
Consider it like a helping hand pushing the rock up the mountain and making it easier for you to overcome your cravings.
For permanent change, however, remember to address the deeper-lying causes.
10 effective ways on how to stop food cravings when not hungry
Balance your blood sugar
Have 3 regular meals and if need be a healthy snack in between to keep your blood sugar stable.
Eat adequate nutrients
Ensure your macros are balanced and include an adequate amount of protein, fiber and healthy fats while limiting starchy carbs.
Often the body mistakes thirst for hunger. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. This is definitely one of the best ways on how to stop food cravings when not hungry
Do something else
If you snack out of boredom, find something else to do such as taking up a hobby, going for a walk or calling a friend.
Manage your stress
If snacking is related to stress, try relaxing breathing exercises. Breath in for 4 and out for 8. Do 10 rounds.
Make sure you sleep 7- 9 hours and go to bed at the same time.
Find your purpose
Often we try to fill a missing purpose with food. Find what’s missing in your life.
Make sure you have fulfilling social connections. Meet up regularly with friends.
Eliminate the trigger
Remove triggers that lead to snacking or find other healthy coping mechanisms.
Create the right environment
Have ALWAYS something healthy to snack available and keep your house (unhealthy) snack free.
In conclusion, the above tips are quick and immediate things you can learn on how to stop food cravings when not hungry.
Know that often within 90 seconds to 3 minutes a craving can disappear. So aim for doing something else for a short time and you will notice that often the craving will disappear.
A great idea is to journal whenever you have a craving and reflect on the origins of the craving. Often it can be linked to childhood events or trauma.
Become aware of what is going on in your mind when you have that craving.
It can be helpful to avoid triggers or to develop alternative habits if you learn how to identify them.
If you want to go deeper and get more foods or tools that help to overcome food cravings and get emotional tactics that I found to be very effective working with hundreds of my clients, I have the right thing for you!
Know that you can go from craving unhealthy foods to craving vegetables!
Yes, it’s true!
I know what you think. I hear that all the time:
“This might work with other people but it doesn’t work for me.”
You might laugh right now but believe me, I hear this over and over and it is always me who has the last laugh when after a few weeks of working with me, my client tells me that they are craving veggies instead of the cookie.
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