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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

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