Why is it so hard to tame your cravings? Why do we want to tame them? Most of us view cravings as a sign of weakness or flawed willpower, but in reality they are vital messages the body sends us in order to start a dialogue with ourselves. We should not ignore these messages!
We have a complicated body and it usually does not make mistakes. No matter how involved we are in the all day business of our lives, our hearts still beat 24/7 and our lungs still bring air in and out as long as we are alive. So it should be simple to conclude that cravings are the body’s way of showing us some imbalances and food then becomes the healing medicine to regulate our state of being at the time.
We really don’t slow down enough to listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us. So when you are overcome with a strong craving, take three conscious breaths to quiet yourself and ask your body, “What is it that I really want?
Here are some causes for cravings that are primary:
- Dehydration — this often looks like real hunger or the need to eat but you body does not typically send the message that you are thirsty until you are on the verge of dehydration! So, the next time you have that strong craving, try having a full 8-10 oz. glass of water and wait for 10 minutes. See if that craving dissipates.
- Lifestyle — Sometimes we eat because we are craving entertainment or socializing with others. If you are feeling bored or lonely, in the need for love or attention from your partner, or lack of a partner, etc, or just some emotional stress from your day, stop and ask yourself, “What will eating that food really do for me? Once you have eaten that food, especially in excess, the most you will feel is mad at yourself for continuing on a pattern of overweight increase or sluggishness later. Really let yourself experience the actual emotion you are feeling rather than mask it with food. Even though it may be uncomfortable to have those feelings, by giving into them, they will heal and go away and you will feel triumphant that you not only did not eat that food, but you also took steps toward growing in your emotional maturity toward wellness.
- Hormonal fluctuations — whether pregnancy or menstruation changes as well as menopause, those up and down levels of testosterone, progesterone and estrogen cause cravings. I usually recommend having just a small serving of the one food that you crave the most and then walking away for 20 minutes. You will find that 90% of the time if you distracted yourself for that time after eating a small portion, you will be OK and not have the overwhelming need to eat it some more.
- Self-Sabotage — Often we experience this when things are going well with our dieting goals. Try journaling in a few paragraphs what it will mean to you to be successful in your hopes and goals. If hose ideas bring any thoughts of fear, negativity or not-deserving it, then spend time on what that is all about. Its amazing how many people have set themselves up for failure due to the unconscious notions that deep down they really don’t deserve to look great, feel great or be successful.
- Counseling will help you get to core root of that, but by yourself you can get started with tapping into those notions. Not until you are totally ready and confident that you deserve every happiness, will you be successful in weight loss.
What are you craving and why? I want to hear from you about your inner thought connections between food and your true inner feelings. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and share your story.
Courtesy of Natural Nutrition Advisor.