I’m having a craving for something with lots of cheese. I’m thinking of a double-double from in-n-out.
However, since I’m trying to get back in shape I’m not going to get myself one for the following reasons:
1. It’s already after 7pm, and I plan on going to bed by 11pm. I should eat something low in carbs, something satisfying because i am hungry, but something that won’t make my body angry at me.
2. If I’m craving a fatty greasy food, my body probably needs calcium…
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3. I recently heard an interview about habits and how to change them (here). Part of the reason I know I like getting burgers from in-n-out is because I like going out to drive and get food. To replace this habit with a healthy meal, I’ll drive to Trader Joe’s and buy myself ingredients for a tasty salad (with some broccoli, and a bit of Parmesan cheese)
sure, i like in-n-out because it provides me with some (usually fast) warm meal. However, I can spend about the same amount of money for an already-made salad at TJ’s -
4. If I don’t feel like driving to trader joe’s; I’ll make myself something with what I have at home. Usually (but not always) it’s healthier to make your own meals anyway, and you can control the quality and quantity of what you’re eating. Tonight I don’t feel like going to the store, so I will instead eat some low-sugar high fiber cereal with 1% millk (thus satisfying my body’s need for calcium) -
So, what you should remember:
Figure out why you’re craving a certain thing; does your body need nutrients it’s low on? Are you seeking a psychological comfort? - Try to think of alternative solutions that are as cheap, easy to get, and quick (let’s face it, crappy food is usually pretty darned accessible).