1. ARE YOU LEGITIMATELY HUNGRY?
Are you not getting enough calories and/or nutrients in your "main meals" and, as a result, thinking about food the rest of the day.
If this is true, no "strategies" will make it go away except for eating more calories, or eating foods in your "main meals" that produce higher satiety (lean protein and veggies).
2. ARE YOU FEELING DEPRIVED?
Are you getting enough food but missing a few things (i.e. sugar, fat, etc.) that makes you feel emotionally satisfied or like you've had a "complete meal?"
In this case, it's less about an actual physiological hunger but more of a physiology meets psychology thing. And the goal is to EITHER find foods that help you feel that same satisfaction OR to give yourself that blessing to have some of this "junk" in small amounts, within reason, at the right times.
When you make it less about compliance/ junk, you'll find that you tend to resist less.
3. ARE YOU SEEKING COMFORT OR SOMETHING ELSE FROM FOOD?
Maybe you're not craving food at all, but a particular feeling that eating gives you (i.e. calm, happy, de-stressed, etc.)
In this case, some deeper work is to be done. Be curious. Use awareness strategies to help discover patterns in your life.
Over time, if you stay tuned in and aware of what's really happening, below the surface, there's a better opportunity to change.
We post this not as a quick fix, but as a framework for further investigation. Because not all "cravings" are the same. Not all humans are the same.