During undergrad, one course I took was called "The Psychology of Stress". Going into the course I thought it was going to be completely bogus but as it progressed, I found myself learning an awful lot. You see, I get stressed out easily. And often. The course allowed me to understand what is going on both psychologically and physiologically during those times. I'll admit I've forgotten pretty much every thing I learned in that class but one thing that has stuck with me was the section of the course that focused on stress leading to emotional eating.
I will be the first to tell you that I am an emotional eater. When I am stressed, the first thing I do is start eating crap. Well, not literally crap .. but well, you know what I mean. I get intense cravings for different types of foods at different times. I'm learning how to control and satisfy those cravings without overindulging. In the course I took, the professor gave us a list of alternative options for when you are getting an unhealthy craving. I remember some of them, but not all. Below are some of the ones I remember ...
Drink a large glass of water - salty cravings are often a result of dehydration
Eat a pickle instead of potato chips
Eat fruit with natural sugars such as apples, pears, berries
Ice Cream Cravings
Eat a frozen banana
Low-fat frozen yogurt
Eat one piece of dark, pure chocolate
I remember him also talking about different things to eat if you are craving fast food but I can't remember what they were. I should remember, though, since Fast Food is high on my craving list.
Do you have any healthier options that help you get rid of cravings?