Food cravings? Fight back
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
If you crave unhealthy food, don’t gorge yourself. Instead, distract yourself with something healthy.
Go outside and take a walk. Do some push-ups. Do some jumping jacks. Do something.
That happened to Dr. William Witmer, an Aurora BayCare interventional cardiologist. Here’s his story.
“After dinner, I had an enormous craving for chocolate ice cream. I would have eaten an entire carton of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream had it been in my freezer – but thank goodness it wasn’t.
“The craving was so great that I almost got in my truck and drove to Copps to get some. I struggled with this for some time and finally decided to just do a little exercise. I did some push-ups and then some dips.
“After that, I realized two things.
“No. 1, I realized how much more exercise I’d have to do to get back what I would’ve lost if I ate the ice cream, and No. 2, my craving was abating as it often does after I do a few exercises.”
Yours may, too. Next time you’re craving something you shouldn’t eat, try this strategy.
William Witmer, MD, is a Board Certified fellowship trained interventional cardiologist. He has completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology from the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, and has special interests in coronary artery disease and nuclear cardiology. Learn more here.