Ensure you are managing stress
Believe me, a large bulk of your cravings is facilitated by stress. You are most likely to jump at junk food from that fast food restaurant when you are feeling emotionally or mentally exerted – with such fast food restaurant becoming your much-needed culinary haven.
So instead of going for jump food as a stress-coping mechanism, how about you adopt healthier stress management systems like exercising (the likes of running, swimming, or cycling), yoga and meditation, and sharing your problems with a trusted loved one?
Fruits can keep you off that fast food restaurant
Fruits boast a wealth of antioxidants, essential vitamins, and water. More importantly, these fruits are rich in fiber which can help you feel full, effectively managing that craving for fast food. Furthermore, fiber reduces the possibility of a sugar crash.
Fruits like strawberries, bananas, and apples contain as much as 4 grams of fiber. Raspberries step it even further, containing 8 grams of fiber in each cup serving, while guava has as much as 9 grams.
By integrating these fruits into your meals, you would progressively fall out of love with manufactured sugar. This would eventually keep you out of those fast-food restaurants.
Sleep may help
I know it may not sound like the soundest advice, but healthy sleeping habits can significantly reduce your patronage of those fast-food restaurants. Let me explain.
People with poor sleeping habits suffer sharp drops in their energy levels in addition to experiencing emotional rollercoasters. What does this result in?
You energetically crave fast food. A visit to the nearest junk food depot – otherwise your fast food restaurant – would naturally follow.
Interestingly, a study revealed people who sleep less are more susceptible to strange hunger pangs and an obsession for delicious (but not necessarily healthy) snacks.
So one of the fastest courts to process your divorce papers with that fast food restaurant could be your bed, sleeping soundly. Ensure to sleep early when you can. Also, avoid eating too close to bedtime.
Lastly, integrate more protein into your meals
Just like the fiber-heavy fruits I mentioned, proteins can help you manage your cravings by making you feel full. You can consider combining healthy proteins with your meals like fish, beans, and nuts. The more full you feel, the less appealing the thought of a fast-food restaurant would be.
Keep being healthy!