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Food cravings? Fight back

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

By: Jeff Ash


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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.

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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.

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