Each of us at some point while dieting, have probably fallen victim to a little thing called temptation – whether it’s salty, sweet or chocolatey. With dieting, comes the restriction of certain foods which in turn only makes our cravings for those foods that much stronger.

Giving into such temptations can be all too easy sometimes but knowing when to get back on track can be the hardest part. It’s important to remember that even if you indulge,  don’t beat yourself up over it – just get right back on track.  If you continue on a course of giving into those temptations, it will only wreak havoc on the goals that you have set out for yourself. So be mindful of what it is that you have set out to do!

Being in the midst of competition dieting, I know cravings all too well. Some days I’ve had cravings for foods & combination’s of foods that I’d never imagine myself eating, well, ever. So how do you keep cravings at bay?

Here are some tips for staying on track:

Drink Water! Often times we confuse hunger with being dehydrated. Especially if it’s not meal time yet,  grab a glass of water before indulging. Then, wait 10-15 min and if you are still hungry, opt for a clean, healthy snack option – try a handful of almonds or celery & 2 tbsp. of natural PB. Greek yogurt w/ a dash of cinnamon is also a great choice!

Give your water an extra kick by adding a splash of lemon, a cucumber slice or some berries to it. I’ve also used flavored tea packets. Stay away from adding artificial sweeteners to your water – instead stick with natural sweeteners!

Always Be Prepared – Whether it’s at work, a social function or if you are just out running errands, always be prepared. You never know when unforeseen circumstances come up that may hinder you from making healthy choices. When I leave the house, I’m always mindful of what I’m doing, how long I might be gone and whether or not I may need to pack clean eats. Hey, if I can carry a lunch pale with 6 Handi Snack bags filled with chicken breast & green beans through an airport scanner, then so can you! I got a lot of weird looks when they went to investigate my bag, but in the end, I was sure glad that I had it since we ended up having to spend 15 hours WAITING in an airport!

Convenience is key for all of us especially with how busy our days can get. Here is a great solution for packing your clean meals for the day  – it’s called the 6 Pack Fitness Meal Management System & you can get it here. It even comes in pink! 😉

Keep Junk Out of Sight – Plain & simple, if you know you are going to be tempted by such foods, by all means – keep them out of sight! If these things are not available to you, then I promise you that they won’t even be missed & temptations will vanish. With that being said, when going to the grocery store, try to stick to the perimeter of the store. Stay away from the middle aisles which are filled with processed foods.

And last but not least, we’ve all done it – do not go to the grocery store hungry. You will be much more likely to give into temptation. Stay away from those Debbie Cakes!

Be sure to check back for some of my quick & easy solutions to preparing clean meals!

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