You just gotta have that chocolate donut.
The feeling is so intense you’d cut your right arm off for one taste of that gooey-chocolatey goodness.
Pick your poison:
- tortilla chips with queso dip
- sourdough pretzels
- chocolate lave cake
- sea salt caramels
You get it, right? It’s like every cell in your body is screaming to eat that _______. Insert craving here.
Don’t worry. I gotcha covered, sister!
When that next food craving hits, ask yourself:
Is this craving coming from my mind or body?
Mind = Emotional Craving
- you feel emotionally charged; stressed, bored, depressed etc.
- you’re trying to change that emotion by using food
- you’re not physically hungry
Body = Physical Craving
- your blood sugar is low sending you a signal to eat
- you’re physically hungry
Dealing with Emotional Cravings
If your craving is emotional, tell yourself you can eat whatever you want —but not until you’re hungry.
Your mind hates restriction. So the minute you tell it you can’t eat something, the craving gets worse.
Don’t torture yourself like that!
Then, find a way to deal with your emotional craving in an emotional way, rather than using food which is physical.
For example, if you’re stressed do a stress relieving meditation. (Even 5-10 minutes will work! Try the Insight Timer App.)
Nine times out of ten this strategy works!
But…if you find yourself hungry with emotions fully addressed, go ahead and have the treat!
Likely, you won’t need it.
Dealing with Physical Cravings
If your craving is physical (meaning you’re truly hungry and need to eat) most likely your blood sugar has gotten too low.
Your body now crave’s high-sugar, high-fat, high calorie foods. Darn those natural instincts!
These foods give us a big bang for their buck because they replenish glycogen stores quickly which is why we gravitate towards them.
Instead of giving into the craving, eat a healthy meal. If you’re pressed for time, eat something simple like a banana (simple carb) paired with a couple hard boiled eggs (protein and fat) for a complete meal.
If you still have that craving after 30 minutes, yep you guessed it. Enjoy it sister!
Remember, nine times out of ten, this strategy works. So on the rare occasion it doesn’t—you earned it!
There are lots of ways to deal with cravings, so I want to know yours. What do you do to diminish intense cravings?