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My clients often come to me with cravings for sugar. The cravings hit them in the afternoon or the evening (or both), and once they hit, they’re almost impossible to ignore. Does this sound familiar?
When we “give in” to cravings we often feel that we have failed because we did not have the willpower to say “no.” Are cravings due to lack of willpower or discipline? I’d like to suggest that cravings are not a problem.
They are critical pieces of information that tell you what your body needs.
The body is an amazing source of intelligence. It is always there for you, pumping blood, never skipping a heartbeat, digesting whatever food you put in it, and maintaining homeostasis. Is this reliable, intelligent bio-computer making a mistake by craving ice cream or a hamburger or chocolate?
The important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave. Perhaps your diet is too strict, devoid of essential nutrients. Perhaps you are living a lifestyle that is too boring or stressful. Your body tries to correct the imbalance by sending you a message: a craving. The key to stopping the craving is to understand what your body really needs.
The next time you have a craving, treat it as a loving message from your body instead of as a weakness. Try these steps to respond to your body:
- First have a glass of water and wait ten minutes. Eat a healthier version of what you crave. For example, if you crave sweets, try eating more fruit and sweet or root vegetables. What is out of balance in you life? What happened in your life just before you had this craving?
- When you eat the food you are craving, enjoy it, taste it, savor it; notice its affects. Then you can be more aware and free to decide if you really want it next time.
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