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How do you handle chocolate cravings?
Q I love eating chocolate biscuits but once I start, I just can’t stop. I don’t want to never eat chocolate again — any tips? Jem G, via Facebook
Chocolate is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and the research is clear: the more you deny yourself eating foods you crave, the more you’ll want them. But we also know pleasure reduces with each bite, and polishing off a whole packet can affect your self-esteem. Try these mindful tips to melt your cravings and feel on top of choc. 1 PRESS PAUSE When a craving strikes, ask yourself: “Am I really hungry, or am I acting on a whim or sudden impulse?” This will help you to hit the brakes. If you’re still hungry, make sure you choose an individually wrapped treat and savour it slowly. Make it last three minutes so that you enjoy the full, satisfying taste. 2 SURF THE URGE Urges pass quickly, so ask yourself: “Can I wait?” Then do something else, like visualising your own happy place, sip water, chew gum, or even try a 30–second burst of rapid, high-intensity exercise (stair sprint, anyone?). 3 FIND YOUR WHY Pinpoint why you want to eat. Is it to reward a hard day? Or to unwind? Researchers found 90 per cent of people overlook the emotional aspect, so ask yourself: “Do I really want chocolate, or am I eating to change how I feel?” Then consider your next move.
Karissa Woolfe Healthy Food Guide Accredited Practising Dietitian