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Hack Your Brain to Use Cravings To Your Advantage

Hack Your Brain to Use Cravings To Your Advantage
Interesting article, though it probably could be summed up by saying, "Remind yourself of better things to crave, and you might end up craving them instead." What I've found for food-related cravings is that if I deprive myself (intentionally or not) of food and become really really hungry..... then find something to eat, it doesn't matter if I normally dislike the food, I'm so grateful to alleviate my hunger that it tastes awesome. So I guess for bad food cravings try keeping some healthier foods nearby, and resist eating *anything* until you're so hungry you decide to eat the healthy snack..... usually for me, it suddenly tastes WAY better than how I imagined it would. Then you feel better in two ways: your hunger goes away, and you feel the pride/satisfaction of eating something healthy. Also, I know myself well enough that I know usually my cravings are just for something new or variety, often more than the food itself.

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