It’s 2:30 in the afternoon. I’ve already had a full day, and yet I still have a million other little things to do. One child is begging me to play a game, another keeps handing me books to read him, and the third . . . well, she should be napping. Yet somehow, with all the things I have to do, everything competing for my attention, the place my brain keeps going is to the kitchen. Specifically, to that box of crackers that I’d love to reach into but don’t want to share with my kids.
It’s bad enough knowing the things I crave are generally on the wrong end of the “health food” spectrum, but the fact that they’re keeping me from doing my job – taking care of my kids, making our house a nice place to be, helping us be mindful and healthy – makes it even worse. And then there’s the regret I feel when I do succumb.
But the good news is that cravings are generally a mental problem, which means you can overcome them if you know the right tactics to use. After all, if I were really just hungry, I’d be satisfied with anything, right?
Keep this list handy so that next time the mid-afternoon munchies strike, you’ll be able to strike back – while keeping your calorie intake, and your guilt levels, low.