Here is a quick review.
- Dehydration, lacking water
- Tiredness, exhaustion or boredom
- Stress, stress and more stress
- Emotional eating or as a result of emotional eating
- Too many foods or drinks with one quality, i.e. too many salty foods, too many sweet foods
- Lacking in primary foods, i.e. things that nourish us but are not exactly food like relationships, careers & spirituality AND that we are usually lacking or unsatisfied with
The foods that you crave are not as important as why you are craving them. While that may not make sense, in the long run you’ll be more successful figuring out how to handle them rather than just giving in.
Step 3: Identify if the craving is alone, or if there is a “sister” craving that goes along with it, ex. sugar & caffeine in your breakfast ritual or 3 PM work slump.
Step 4: Identify if the craving is a result of an opposite action, i.e. a heavy protein dinner will cause you to crave a sweet dessert.
Step 5: Identify if there is an emotional aspect to your craving.
Step 6: Identify the strength of the craving. Does it go away with a little bit of the item craved or does it get stronger & more willful?
Step 7: Identify any potential alternatives to your craving. Does it need to be a very specific item or can a substitution be used?
Once you have gone through steps 1-7, then you’ll have given yourself the basic framework from which you can break down your craving cycle.
The biggest step in deconstructing cravings comes in the form of breaking patterns and changing habits.
For example, if your craving always comes at 3 pm while you’re at work, perhaps you need to drink some water, get some fresh air or move around a bit instead of heading to the vending machine or starbucks.
If your cravings come after a very stressful conversation, dinner or gathering with your family and disowning them is NOT an option, then maybe you need to create some habits that will help you disperse the familial stress.
Whether its a trusted friend that you call, a 24-hr gym you attend or screaming into a pillow, find creative ways to break through the patterns you’ve created.
I know that I’m over simplifying things, but I want to give you a jumping off point because when it comes down to it, we’re all different.
We all possess a different set of circumstances and different biological needs.
We’re all going to react in different ways.
Here is just one simple set of steps that you can use to get to the bottom of your cravings.
If you’re still not sure, then drop me a line on my blog and let me know. I’ll be able to answer you from there and help you piece together your “how”, how to deconstruct your cravings.
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