5 Steps to Conquering Cravings
Do you ever get a food craving that totally takes over you? It’s like someone else jumps in your body and finishes that entire bag of chips or polishes off an entire pint of mint chocolate chip ice-cream. That voice of reason in your head calls it quits because it knows that a craving has taken over. Whatever food is in front of you becomes the object of your attention. Nothing else matters.
I had one recently where I was so hungry (or so I made myself believe I was) that I just had to eat immediately. Once I got my eyes on some Tostitos chips and spinach dip, every part of my being was engrossed by it. It’s as if the food had some super power over my life. Having worked with cravings in the past I was able to recognize what was happening in the moment and slow down. However, not knowing how to manage this I could have easily finished the bag, completely in a trance until my body eventually snapped out to realize what happened.
Experience that before?
In these moments, I get that it’s hard to stop, but it’s possible. If you don’t want cravings to run your life though, it takes some self-discovery and broadening your lens by looking back in your day to make sure you’re mentally and physically set up for success when that moment arises.
To give you a quick back story on my latest craving, the reason I was hungry was because earlier in the day, my office catered Chic-fil-a. As kind as that is, there are some detrimental side effects to offering high caloric and high in sugar foods. Even though I had salad and those delicious nuggets, I also had half of a chocolate chip cookie. Seriously, they are the best I’ve ever had. Because of this, as the day went on, I started to feel groggy. A few hours later I was hit with an immediate need for food. Literally anything that was in my line of sight I thought I needed it desperately. Ya know why? My blood sugar dropped and my willpower went bye-bye.
Have you had a similar situation in the past? If you haven’t, please tell me more!
But I have some amazing news for you: you can change the narrative for those future cravings.
Here are 5 steps to get you standing your ground to those pesky cravings:
Recognize the next time you have one
What does it feel like? How does your body feel? What are you doing? Get up close and personal with that craving. Once you spot it, ride with it until the end. - Yes I’m giving you permission to actually follow through on that craving.
Journal how you felt afterwards
Check in with your emotions, body, and mind. Lay it out in front of you.
Greet that moment with self-compassion
Don’t be hard on yourself. That negative talk only blocks you from making choices that align with your heart in the future. Simply acknowledge it happened and let it go. Say “I had a craving, I’m human, and I can learn from this experience.” Or whatever you need to give yourself love and forgiveness.
After, think about what you ate earlier that day
Were those foods loaded with sugar? Did you ignore any signs of hunger until it was too late? Start to understand what happens leading up to a craving.
Be prepared! (To the tune of The Lion King)
Prepare your day with foods high in protein, good fat, and healthy complex carbs. Have a bag of nuts on you - so you don’t go nuts! (I love me some corny jokes!) If you’re allergic to nuts, grab some veggies or fruit (blueberries are an easy go to).
You don’t have to be controlled by your cravings. You have it within you to break free from them while still enjoying your life!
If you are ready to crush those cravings, or make another healthy change in your life, know that it’s possible. If you need a champion to guide you towards the life you want to live, let’s make that happen together! I offer 1:1 coaching programs that will get you on your way to making self-care nonnegotiable in your life. Schedule your complimentary 15-minute discovery call today!