easy ways to curb unhealthy craving in 15 minutes or less

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There are a number of things that contribute to food cravings. Stress and eating too little are the most common, but it’s also worth keeping in mind that certain types of junk food can be addictive and are designed to keep you coming back for more. With that in mind, here are five things you can do to keep those pesky cravings at bay.

#1 Brush your teeth
We’re less inclined to eat something just after we’ve brushed our teeth. Whether it’s laziness or just the minty freshness that neutralises the craving is not certain, but it certainly does wonders in getting the job done.

#2 Do something that makes you happy
If stress is contributing to your craving, work towards relieving yourself of that stress. This can be anything from watching your favourite TV show to listening to mood-boosting music or taking a nice long aromatic bath. Treat yo’ self!

#3 Go for a walk
 A small study found that walking for 15 minutes can help someone resist reaching for a sugary snack. I’ve also found that making the effort to go for a walk or exercising in general can strengthen your resolve to be happy. If you’re putting in all that effort only to consume even more unhealthy calories, you’re making life more difficult for yourself. 

#4 Drink water or tea
Cravings could mean you’re dehydrated, so a glass of water might just be the thing to take that craving away. On the other hand, if you’re craving something sweet or sour, it can help to flavour the water with fruits to satisfy your tastebuds while keeping things healthy and low-calorie. Just avoid any artificial sweeteners that can amplify your cravings.

#5 Remember what it’s like eating the food you crave
This one’s an odd one, but suppressing your cravings mentally might just cause them to come back even stronger. Instead, try imagining yourself consuming that sweet treat or cheese-loaded meal; picturing the satisfaction that comes from fulfilling your craving might be a better way to curb a craving in the long run.