If you're reading this post, chances are you know what I'm talking about!!! Being obese, I had lots of not-so-good-for-you cravings. I'd succumb to my desire for a cupcake, a bag of chips, a second piece of cake, a really good hot dog. But why did I never have cravings for things like kale, a ripe tomato, fresh corn or a just picked peach?
Now I didn't do any "official" research, but I'm starting to make some connections between living a healthier lifestyle and cravings. As soon as I committed to myself that I was taking a new path, I started eating better: lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, less meat, more water, etc. Yes I did still have cravings along the way. But here's the interesting part. The further along I got in my journey, the easier it was to stave off those crazy cravings. When I'd be passing by the cupcake place, I didn't feel the need to stop. I passed up the second piece of cake or pie. I didn't get up in the middle of the night and raid the fridge.
In fact, I actually did start to crave foods that are good for me. I was more excited about eating that ripe tomato than a bag of chips. It was certainly more satisfying.
And when I did slip back into old habits and started eating foods that I knew weren't the greatest choices, my cravings returned. That's when I had to remind myself of my commitment, get off my detour and get back on my path. Is it easy? No, not at first. But it does get easier if I just stay with it.
My husband had a friend in from France a while back. We of course wanted to take him to some great restaurants to show off the Portland food scene. I ate too much of couse and I did so for several days straight. I noticed that my cravings started to sneak back in. And now I'm leaving my detour and rejoing my path. A week later, and those cravings have pretty much subsided.
I read a very interesting article in the Wall Strret Journal about cravings, and I thought I would share it with you. I really like their idea of setting a 30 minute timer. Just click the link above to read more.
Does anyone out there have a way they deal with cravings? I'd be curious to hear what you do when they strike!