Day 4 of #30tipsin30days - Keeping the cravings at bay

(Brigida Mack | WBTV)
(Brigida Mack | WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - How to keep the cravings at bay - it's #30daytipsin30days, Day 4! This can be especially difficult during the first 7 days of #TeamNOSugar, particularly for first-timers.

It's about mind OVER matter. Your body will do what your mind tells it do, not the other way around. Most of this is really just powering through when temptation strikes or the cravings hit.

For me, the hardest habit to break was needing something sweet after dinner. EVERY night. Seriously. I had to re-train my mind to trick my body into thinking it'd been satisfied without my beloved chocolate or a Krispy Kreme donut I'd nuked in the microwave for a few secs! So instead of the bad sugar - replace it with GOOD sugar.

An orange, some strawberries or even frozen grapes. For real - TRY it. And thank me later! (Ladies, this was particularly helpful whenever you-know-who was in town!)

Blueberry tea with a packet of Stevia was also super helpful! Once I'd gotten used to that - I eventually was able to go without even nature's candy (aka fruit) after dinner.

And yet, there are still those times when even those little tricks won't work. That's when you have to call a friend/family member - one who can talk you OUT of caving of course!

Or go for a walk. Sometimes just getting up and MOVING does the trick.

And sometimes- you just might have to talk YOURSELF down off the ledge. "You don't really want it - you just think you do because you SEE it" or "it's just 30days - Krispy Kreme is going out of business; it will be there when the challenge is over!"

Ultimately, you have to remember your WHY.

Whether it's to d rop the L-Bs, get your blood sugar or high blood pressure under control, or if you'd like to get back into your beloved skinny jeans.

WHATEVER the reason - remember it.

Especially, when you're tested!

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*Editor's Note: Please consult your doctor before starting any new health and wellness plan.

- Brigida Mack

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