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How to Stop Eating Chocolate
For many people, the struggle is real when it comes to chocolate. If you find yourself eating a chocolate bar every day, or topping off your cereal with chocolate, don’t worry! You can kick cravings by eating fulfilling meals and foods rich in magnesium. Replace the habit of eating chocolate by taking a walk or even brushing your teeth instead. If your chocolate-eating habits seem more serious, try logging your chocolate intake to find out what your triggers are.
Reducing Chocolate Cravings
Eat fulfilling meals.Eating meals rich in fiber and protein will make you feel fuller for longer, helping you to reduce your cravings. For breakfast, eat a bowl of oatmeal or two eggs with toast and a side of fruit. Make a turkey sandwich packed with lettuce, tomatoes, and a boiled egg for lunch. When dinner comes around, eat protein-rich foods like chicken or beef with a side of vegetables and a dinner roll.
- Other foods rich in fiber are raspberries, apples, bananas, pasta, brown rice, whole wheat bread, beans, almonds, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, corn, and potatoes.
- Foods rich in protein are chicken, fish, beef, pork, tofu, yogurt, beans, eggs, and cheese.
Avoid skipping meals.Skipping meals can cause you to crave foods high in sugar, or reach for a quick fix like a chocolate bar. By eating every 3 to 4 hours, you can reduce hunger pains throughout the day.
- Eating meals every 3 to 4 hours will help keep your metabolism stable as well.
Drink water.Being thirsty is often mistaken for being hungry. The next time you are hungry and craving chocolate, drink a full glass of water. Additionally, drink water with your meals and in between meals.
- It is recommended that you drink 8 cups (1.9 l) to 13 cups (3.1 l) of water per day.
Add magnesium-rich foods to your diet.You may be craving chocolate because you have a magnesium deficiency. Because chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, your body may be craving it to boost your levels. Foods high in magnesium are almonds, bananas, cashews, tofu, milk, corn, and broccoli.
- Common symptoms of a magnesium deficiency include dizziness, shaking, an irregular heartbeat, twitching, and in extreme cases, seizures. If your magnesium deficiency is severe, contact your doctor.
Replacing the Habit
Replace milk chocolate with dark chocolate.Look for chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cocoa. The darker the chocolate the better. Not only is dark chocolate healthier than milk chocolate, it is also richer. Eating 2 to 3 squares of dark chocolate instead of your regular candy bar should do the trick.
Drink chocolate-infused tea.Chocolate-infused tea will give you the taste of chocolate without all of the added sugar and fat. Whenever you are craving chocolate, make yourself a mug of chocolate tea.
- You can purchase chocolate-infused teas online or from your local health food store.
- Alternatively, drink any type of herbal tea instead of eating chocolate, like English breakfast or dandelion.
Take a 15-minute walk outside.Stress could be causing you to indulge in chocolate. Instead of eating chocolate after a test or before an important meeting, go walk outside for at least 15 minutes. The fresh air and increased blood circulation should reduce your stress levels.
Brush your teeth whenever you feel like eating chocolate.Brushing your teeth will distract you from your urge to eat chocolate. Additionally, since the taste of toothpaste does not mix well with chocolate, brushing your teeth may prevent you from wanting to eat it afterward.
Logging Your Chocolate Intake
Keep a chocolate log for one week.Record the time of day, what you ate, and how much of it you ate. Write down what you were doing and feeling 30 minutes before eating the chocolate. Also write down how the chocolate made you feel afterward.
- For example, write down if it made you feel safe, confident, loved, understood, happy, or less stressed or anxious.
Review your log after one week to identify your triggers.Look at what you did before you ate the chocolate and how it made you feel immediately afterward. Try to make a connection between the activities, your feelings, and the chocolate to see what triggers you to eat it.
- You may discover that feelings of stress are triggering you to eat chocolate.
- If you tend to eat chocolate to help you feel more confident or happy, then you may be suffering from insecurity issues or depression.
Exercise to relieve stress and anxiety.If you are eating chocolate due to stress or anxiety, then try exercising for at least 30 minutes, 3 days a week. Exercise by walking, biking, running, or by joining an intramural sports team at school or your local gym.
Write a reassuring note to yourself.Feelings of inadequacy or a low self-esteem may be causing you to find comfort in chocolate. If this is you, try boosting your confidence by writing a note to yourself. Alternatively, set a realistic goal to boost your self-confidence.
- For example, if speaking in public is causing your anxiety and chocolate cravings, set a goal to improve your public speaking skills by taking a class.
- Write, for example, “It is ok to struggle with your self-confidence. Everyone does at one point or another in their lives. But remember that you have friends and family who support you and want the best for you. So you should want the best for yourself, too. You deserve the best.”
Talk to a school counselor or a therapist.If your issues don't seem to be getting better despite your efforts, then you may need to find more serious help. Ask your primary care physician for a therapist referral, or call your local psychological association to find therapists in your area.
- You can also find therapists by contacting your community mental health center, or by asking a local religious institution, like a church or synagogue, for help.
QuestionI'm on a diet, but I keep craving chocolate. When I decide I will eat just a bite, I end up eating the whole chocolate bar. What should I do?
Registered DietitianRegistered DietitianExpert AnswerIf you are unable to control how much chocolate you eat, avoid it altogether. Take all of the chocolate out of your home and do not purchase any more. Or, try purchasing individually wrapped pieces of chocolate, such as fun size candy bars. Limit yourself to 1 per day.Thanks!
QuestionI consume 5-7 bars a day. How can I stop myself if these methods don't work?
Registered DietitianRegistered DietitianExpert AnswerYou may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Ask for a referral to see a registered dietitian.Thanks!
QuestionAre there other steps to try?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhen you have a craving for chocolate, brush your tounge with toothpaste. It will stop the craving for a while.Thanks!
QuestionI am a teen student. I think I am eating too many sweets each day. How can I stop this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTemptation exists when you allow it to, so the first thing is to avoid buying and stockpiling sweets. If others in your house eat sweets, ask them to keep their supply out of sight from you. Next, work on finding suitable replacements such as chewing gum, water, slices of fruit, a small bowl of seeds, a few nuts and some fresh vegetable sticks with a healthy dip such as hummus. Drink water regularly and if you like herbal teas, enjoy plentiful drinks of tea as well. Also be sure to move around a lot, even if it's just walking around your house or doing stretches to music in between studying and being online.Thanks!
QuestionIs it okay to have sweet cravings and eat lots before my period? It happens the same every single month.Top AnswererIt's totally normal. It's OK to give in once in a while. If you want to cut down on the consumption, follow the article's tips.Thanks!
QuestionI really like eating chocolate, all types. Even after I eat big meals, I still tempted to eat it. It's like I have another stomach for it. What do I then?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThis is a common problem, and it's not just about chocolate but other sweet foods too. It can arise for various reasons, such as eating insufficient protein, too many simple carbohydrates, eating too quickly, not having sufficient water to drink, eating a meal that was very salty or umami. Try keeping a notebook of what you've eaten for a week and notice when the chocolate craving is triggered. You should see a pattern of meal type to chocolate trigger but if you can't see this for yourself, take your notes to your doctor to discuss it further.Thanks!
QuestionWhat are the effects of drinking chocolate drinks?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerChocolate drinks contain caffeine, so they can keep you awake if you're sensitive to this. They can be fattening, depending on what you put in them. On the positive side, they can be warming or cooling (depending on whether you make a hot chocolate or an iced one), they are usually delicious and they can be easier to digest than coffee, which is why children are often given hot chocolates when the adults have coffee.Thanks!
QuestionWhich kind of chocolate is least harmful?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDark chocolate with 70% cocoa is the healthiest form of chocolate. It provides enough flavonoids to help prevent chronic diseases.Thanks!
QuestionI always try to eat Fererro Rocher chocolate. I want to stop it. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStop purchasing it and buy other brands instead. Realize that there are higher quality chocolates available, and while they cost more, a little goes a long way. Also, up your fruit intake and have orange slices, strawberries and bananas, etc., more often.Thanks!
QuestionI love eating chocolate, but I'm afraid it's making my acne worse. If I stop eating it, I only want it more! What do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerChocolate doesn't cause pimples, this is a myth. If you really want to stop eating it, stop buying it and/or tell your parents to stop buying it or to lock it up somewhere you can't get to it.Thanks!
To stop eating chocolate, brush your teeth or chew a piece of gum whenever you're craving it, which will make the chocolate taste bad if you eat it. You can also try drinking more water during the day so you're less hungry for chocolate. Craving chocolate can be a sign that you have a magnesium deficiency, so try eating foods that are high in magnesium, like bananas, cashews, and broccoli. If you're really desperate for chocolate, drink chocolate-infused tea, which doesn't have all of the added sugar and fat that regular chocolate has.
- Remember that it's okay to eat chocolate in moderation.
- If it only takes a little chocolate to satisfy your cravings, try eating just a Hershey's Kiss.
- Look for healthy options that contain chocolate, such as Ovaltine or Carnation Instant Breakfast, which contain other nutrients. You can have these with 1% milk for breakfast, which could help reduce your cravings later in the day.
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