Health Tip: Tame Your Food Cravings

(HealthDay News) -- Food cravings can pull you off course when you're trying to diet and eat in a healthful way.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions to help you curb food cravings:

  • Cravings often are short-lived. Try to wait at least 20 minutes before you act on a craving.

  • Opt for a healthier alternative to what you crave. Choose fat-free chips instead of potato chips, or bake an apple for a sweet treat.

  • Buy your favorite treats in single-serving sizes. For example, buy a single cookie, rather than a whole box.

  • Have regularly scheduled snack times and enjoy a healthy snack that you've already stocked.

  • Indulge in a social treat -- rather than food -- by calling a friend.

  • Keep a log of your cravings. Record what you were doing when you craved, how long you felt the craving and how you handled it.

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