Picture this. It’s 8pm and you stuck to your diet today like a pro. But that craving monster is starting to rear its ugly head. It screams, “eat that chocolate bar”. What chocolate bar you ask? Oh, you know. The one you hid in the bottom of the pantry. The one you hoped you’d forget about. But your brain knows it’s there and wants it now! So how do you distract yourself before binging and let that candy bar live to see another day?
Well, you could have someone lock you in a room and keep the key until the craving passes. Or you can use one of these 15 ways to distract yourself before binging turns a day of healthy eating into a day of diet terror.
15 ways to distract yourself before binging
Drink a some carbonated water flavored with fresh fruit
Cut up some fresh fruit and add it to sparkling water. This should give you the hint of indulging without the calorie punch of a full-blown binge. Plus dehydration will send cravings into overdrive, meaning proper hydration will be an amazing craving deterrent.
Eat a small amount of fat with a small amount of protein
Protein and fat are amazing for helping you feel full and stay full. That carb rich, sugary treat will seem less, “I need this now” the more full you feel.
Take a walk
A great way to distract yourself before binging is to get moving. It will stop the momentum of a craving from making you spiral out of control. Walking is great for clearing your head,clearing emotional hurdles, and releasing endorphins. This can make you feel so good, your desire to eat disappears like in a magic trick.
Call a friend
A friend can often be the accountability you need to stop yourself from your own self-destructive behavior. Have a few friends on speed dial who care about you and your health goals. And make sure to reach out before you engage in behavior you know you’ll regret in the morning.
Chew some gum
Sometimes you just don’t really feel hungry. You just really want to chew. And a piece of gum can be exactly what you need to fulfill that chewing urge without eating all those brownies you made for your 6-year-old’s bake sale. Because you know how awkward it’s gonna be to explain your binge to the bake sale committee.
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OK, maybe cleaning doesn’t seem like the most glamorous option. So why is this a recommendation? Because once you get started being productive, you’ll be filled with feel good hormones. And you might not want to ruin that feeling by making a mess of your diet.
Watch a comedy show
Laughing is like a workout for your soul. And in relieving stress, it can help curb emotional cravings. And the less emotional cravings, the more likely you are to leave that chocolate bar and move on to more healthy behavior.
Write in a journal
Many times we rush into fulfilling cravings without much awareness as to why. Take a few moments to put your state of mind to paper. This may give you a hint of the emotional cravings that are pushing your brain to bully you into a self-sabotaging binge.
Play with a pet or a small child
Animals and small children tend to see the best in you. And they love your for the simple things. Playing can bring you back to a time of innocence. And can help you let go of the problems that are pushing you to self-soothe with food.
Make a food compromise
A great way to distract yourself from a binge is to give yourself a treat that isn’t nearly as disastrous as that chocolate bar. Craving some salty nachos? Have some salty kale chips. Want to take a swim in a sea of ice cream? Pop some frozen grapes in your mouth. Doing these before binging might keep you cool and in control.
Focus more on what you chew
Many times you feel unfulfilled after eating because you don’t eat very mindfully. So you scarfed down your dinner and now you’re desperate for dessert. Try to slow down and focus on the taste of your food. This will help you get more out of what you eat which will stop you from mindlessly munching through the evening.
Engage in mentally challenging behavior
Think of doing puzzle, a crossword puzzle or maybe sodoku.. Just get your brain working. Think of your brain as a small child who needs entertainment and distraction. You can’t beat a craving if you are continually thinking hungry thoughts. As you focus more and more, your mind won’t have as much energy to crave.
Take a nap
You’ll often hear internal screams for sugar or salty refined carbohydrates when you’re sleepy.So a nagging need for either of these types of foods can be a flashing neon sign that you need some sleep. Take a 20 minute nap. Or if it’s evening, consider (gasp) turning in earlier than usual.
If cleaning the clutter out of your home doesn’t work, what about cleaning the clutter out of your brain? There can be so much chatter going on that you can’t clearly hear your true voice. Clearing out all the gunk is a great way to distract yourself before binging. And meditation can bring you closer to your true voice, and help you find other forms of happiness besides food.
So many of us are shallow breathers. And how the heck are you supposed to make good decisions when you’re not even taking in enough oxygen? So put your hand on your diaphram (right below your rib cage) and slowly take 10 deep inhales and exhales. You’ll be amazed at how different you feel once you’re getting proper oxygen in your body!
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So there you have it!
Lots of ways to distract yourself before binging. It’s possible to stop the destructive consequences of eating out of control. But it just takes some awareness and some effort. Don’t just tell yourself not to eat a certain food. Do something that will actually help you distract yourself. When you divert your attention, you give your craving less power. And before you know it, you’ll be fully engaged in something else besides destroying your full day of healthy, beautiful eating.