It is the mind that controls your body. Your mind can help you and can fail you to get what you want. Remember that 98% of your success happens in your mind.

Do you often hear that small voice in your head?

“It won’t hurt if I ate this cake…”
“It’s ok to eat popcorns at the cinema, everybody else does…”
“Missing my workout two days in a row can’t be that bad, my body hurts, I’ll take a second day off…”
“It’s Christmas so I can eat whatever I want…”

It is really hard to deal with the little devil inside. I’m giving you five strategies to trick your mind and get over your cravings without having to cheat.

Simple mind trick #1 – Associations

It is very easy and still it works. Whenever you find yourself craving for a certain food just play a game inside your head.

Take the first letter of the food and think of as many non-food related things as you can come up with. Let’s take biscuit for example. Take the “B” and think of any B-word – ball, bird, baby, basket, bills, boy, bath, bed…

Thinking of associations you are giving your mind a chance to switch the focus on something different from food. After minutes you’ll find yourself doing something B-related and the craving disappears.

Simple mind trick #2 – If only…

It is quite often to find yourself in unexpected situations when food is offered and you can’t resist it.

Remember the last time you walked into the kitchen office to get yourself a cup of coffee and saw the cookies on the table. And suddenly you forgot about the coffee, you had eyes and mind only for those cookies.

What do you do? Close your eyes, take a deep breath and say slowly and firmly “I only want a cookie because I’m seeing it right now. If only I hadn’t walked in the kitchen I would never have seen the cookies and would never have wanted them. I will just get the coffee and close the door as if I’d never seen anything on the table.”

Two steps to remember here – close your eyes and move on.

Simple mind trick #3 – Pretend

You are finally on a diet losing weight. Everything goes well. Except the fact that you are not supposed to eat the food “X” that you happen to love most.

The solution: When eating your “Y” try to feel the taste of “X”. Close your eyes if you think it would help and imagine eating “X”. Try to experience the same pleasure that “Y” once gave you.

This one is not easy for most of us. But things get better with practice so keep on trying.

Simple mind trick #4 – Talk about it

Sometimes it would help to get over a craving if you just talk about it. If you don’t have a friend to talk to, try to write down what you’re feeling. It helps a lot to lay down your cravings, your fights and fears.

Simple mind trick #5 – H.A.L.T.

You should have this one printed out and stick it on your refrigerator.

What does this abbreviation mean?
H – Hungry
A – Angry
L – Lonely
T – Tired

Whenever you reach for food or you just think of food ask yourself these four questions.

Am I hungry? Am I angry? Am I lonely? Am I tired?

Find the real reason that urges you to put things in your mouth and deal with it. Remember
“If hunger is not the problem food is not the solution”.

If you find yourself hungry then know that you must eat your food slowly, while sitting down and enjoy every single bite. This helps you actually see and realize what you are eating so you can control yourself more strictly.

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