It’s mid-morning or mid-afternoon and your solid breakfast/lunch has officially worn off, but there is something lingering. It’s a sugar craving and you the culprit is – your sweet tooth! To avoid giving in, follow these simple steps.

1. Identify what kind of craving sends you to your knees

Do you have a sweet spot? Well, of course you do, I mean your stomach! Or are you a salty nut? Whichever one is your weakness, make yourself very aware of it. By calling it out, there will be no way of denying it when you meet your craving face to face.

2. Find a healthier alternative

After you have identified it, find a healthier alternative. If you can’t resist a the sweetness of candy, polish off those cravings with something like gum or a crystal light. When it comes to salt, the best alternatives are air-popped popcorn, rice cakes, or even jerky.

3. Be armed and ready!

When it comes to beating down cravings, you must armed and ready. Have those healthier choices in convenient spots. You can never be too sure when they are going to hit so have them in places you will be often. Like your desk, the car, or your bag. This will help you resist the temptation to stop at a convenient store and scour the shelves for something that is sure to throw you off track.

Keep these little things in mind and you will have a much easier time winning the battle over your cravings.