How to stop Craving naughty foods

1/13/16 ~~

Do you wake up each morning with every intention of eating “healthy” ?

You’ll skip the drive thru line on your way to work. You’ll refuse to get fast food with co-workers at lunch. You’ll boycott the vending machine in the mid-afternoon. And you won’t even think about having dessert after dinner. 

But then your cravings kick in… 

Your friend drops by with a big fluffy muffin and a latte for breakfast.  Cake is passed around at the mid-afternoon staff meeting. And after dinner your honey surprises you with a bowl of your favorite ice cream. 

You tell yourself that tomorrow will be different. 

Tomorrow you won’t give in to food cravings. 

But then tomorrow comes with its own special circumstances, and cravings get the best of you once again. 

Why Do Food Cravings Always Win? 

We live in a world where food temptations are everywhere…which leads to cravings, which leads to eating things that you shouldn’t, which leads to pounds gained. Again. And again. And again. Until you’re so fed up with your health and body that you don’t even know where to begin to get yourself back on track. 

Stores display the most tantalizing junk food items right where you could easily reach them. Sugary snack items have full-page, glossy pictures in your favorite magazines. 

Even more diificult is that you’ve been conditioned since childhood to have a positive association with the act of indulging in your cravings. You use food as a reward. You use food as a source of emotional comfort. You use food as a way to relieve stress. And quickly these associations and uses of food become habit. A habit that’s not easily broken. 

New Technique to End Food Cravings

Food cravings don’t need to have the upper hand on you anymore. Here’s how you can fight back using your most powerful asset: your brain. 

Remember that your mind is an amazing thing. Once your mind is made up about something it’s nearly impossible to change it. 

Try This Powerful Mind Exercise: Imagine that you are peacefully floating down a river on a raft. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and you are having a fun, relaxing time. You feel wonderful about the river because it’s making you feel happy. 

Now change perspectives for a moment. You’re now in a plane flying over the river and the raft. Instantly our eye is drawn to an enormous rocky waterfall. Then you look back to the person floating on the raft, having a wonderful time, headed straight for the treacherous falls. 

With this new perspective of the river, do you think that you’d agree to get on a raft and take your chances floating toward the falls? No way, right? You’ve seen the hidden danger of the river. You know it leads to pain and suffering. 

Now your negative association (watery death) with the river has replaced your initial positive association (relaxing fun). 

This is the key to overcoming food temptations and putting an end to food cravings: building negative associations in place of existing positive ones. I’ll break this process down for you in two steps: 

Step One: Create a STRONG Negative Association with Unhealthy Food 

You may not have realized it, but up until this point you’ve placed unhealthy, fattening foods on a pedestal in your mind. As long as the wrong foods are on that pedestal you’ll continue to give into your cravings.

Take the wrong food off that pedestal by listing off everything negative about them…

  • These foods make you unhealthy.
  • These foods cause weight gain.
  • These foods drain your energy.
  • These foods kill your confidence.
  • These foods lessen your quality of life.
  • These foods damage your love life.

Every time that you feel tempted to eat an unhealthy food, focus on your list of negatives. Kick the junk off the pedestal and put something healthy in its place. 

Step Two: Create a STRONG Positive Association with Wholesome Foods 

Now that your mental food pedestal has been cleared, put truly wholesome food items on it. Juicy fresh fruit, crispy vegetables and savory lean meats are the place to start. 

List off the things that you love about healthy food…

  • These foods make you healthy.
  • These foods promote fat loss.
  • These foods boost your energy.
  • These foods build your confidence.
  • These foods improve your quality of life.
  • These foods enhance your love life.
I encourage you to immerse yourself into the world of healthy, wholesome foods. Browse the aisles of your local natural foods store. Stroll through a farmer’s market. Pack healthy snacks to bring to work. Clear your kitchen of processed and packaged foods. Think about the 4 P’s I always talk about – eat protein and produce and avoid packaged and processed foods.

Use the technique above consistently and you will soon find that healthy, wholesome foods are your favorite. And craving the wrong foods will be a thing of your past. 

Another great tactic is to replace sweets with wholesome sweets like the recipe below made with all natural ingredients.  I allow for sweet treats like this once a week – Sweet Sundays!  🙂  

Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe from The Healing Gourmet

Yield: 12
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1 pastured egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut sugar*
  • 6 Tbsp. non-GMO erythritol*
  • 2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp. Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels or 85% dark chocolate bar, chopped
  • Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon) for sprinkling (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and egg yolk together. In a medium bowl, add the almond butter, coconut sugar, erythritol, baking soda, vanilla and salt. Pour in the whisked egg and stir well to combine. Fold in the chocolate and stir to incorporate.
  3. Using a tablespoon or a cookie scoop, drop 1 Tbsp. balls onto the lined cookie sheet. Leave 2 inches of space as they will spread quite a bit.
  4. Transfer to oven and bake 9-11 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Remove from oven, let cookies cool on pan for 5 minutes, and sprinkle with Maldon, if using.
  5. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
Nutrition Information Per Serving 
169 calories, 14 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 8 g monounsaturated fat, 3 g polyunsaturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 16 g carbohydrate, 5 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein