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People who suffer from frequent cravings for unhealthy foods might benefit from tapping into the power of the mind. A review of studies published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review concluded that practicing mindfulness can effectively quell a hankering for “vice foods” like candies and ice cream, making it easier to achieve health and weight loss goals.

Mindfulness exercises encourage us to tune into our thoughts, emotions and physical sensations when the urge to eat arises. Research suggests that various mindfulness strategies may stymie cravings by occupying a part of our mind that contributes to the development of food urges. Mindfulness can also reduce the likelihood that we will react destructively to cravings when they do arise, studies suggest.

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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