For a long time, cravings were literally, the biggest pain in my ass.
I love nourishing, whole food, but I also have a MAJOR sweet-tooth, so the urge to eat my body weight in chocolate with a big-ass cup of tea and an internet binge of cute puppy videos does pop-up on occasion.
Fun in the short-term, not so great when the sugar-crash and bloat kicks in.
Cravings essentially encourage you to live reactively, grabbing whatever you fancy on a whim, rather than consciously making decisions on what you want to eat.
If I give into a craving, I feel I am not in charge of me (<<< yes, I am a bit of a control freak!), and the food which I grab is often low-quality junk which definitely doesn’t fit with my overall goals.
In short, cravings need to take a hike!
However, I have found some super simple techniques which have been awesome for keeping the cravings monster at bay…
The key point to combat cravings is to be able to identify whether you are actually hungry or just want that particular food.
Often people assume that wanting food = hunger, so will automatically eat what they crave.
The best way to check if you are actually hungry is to ask yourself –
If the most boring food you can imagine was put in front of you, would you want to eat it?
If the answer is yes, then you are hungry, if no then it is just a craving.
I can have that anytime is the key message you want to give yourself about all food. Scarcity = want. Abundance eliminates the need to have something right now.
Adopt an abundance mentality
I can have that anytime is the key message you want to give yourself about all food.
Scarcity = want. Abundance eliminates the need to have something right now.
See what happens if you don’t react to a craving. You will generally find that they pass pretty damn quick.
However, don’t have the mindset that ignoring cravings = restriction.
Focus on what you will gain.
You aren’t missing out on a cookie, you’re increasing your self-knowledge. Learning that resisting an impulse is not the end of the world, and actually, after about an hour you will probably have forgotten what you were craving.
People speak as if the craving is them; they identify a feeling with their entire being. BUT you are not the craving; the craving is just a feeling you have. Instead of thinking
I am craving chocolate
A part of me is craving chocolate OR I am feeling a craving for chocolate.
By separating yourself from what you feel, you will recognise that the craving is not a core part of you and, like all feelings; you can let it go and move on.
Recognise who is in control
Cravings often become an internal battle.
I have argued with myself so many times, telling myself that I really shouldn’t give in, that I will regret it if I grab whatever chocolate/cookie/sweet treat takes my fancy.
HANG ON A SEC, who is in the driving seat?
You Are In Charge Of You.
There is no need to fight to make a decision; if you don’t want to indulge in a craving you don’t have to.