How to deal with cravings

If you are struggling with cravings, lacking in willpower and being controlled by your relationships with food, then you’ll want to read this post.

It’s fair to say that cravings and battles with your willpower can be an aggravating ordeal, throwing you into an inner turmoil between what you want now, and what you want most.

Often testing your resolve, and on the times you do give in, causing you to be filled with guilt, despair and self-doubt.

Cravings are often caused by emotions, where in the moment you are seeking a form of comfort or relief to deal with anything from stress, to loneliness, depression, anxiety or a host of other states.

The reason why this happens is life as we know it is for the most part out of our control, but the one thing we can control is what we eat, which is why a common behaviour is to turn to food when everything else feels helpless.

The problem with this is that relief is momentary, more often than not leaving us feeling even worse than we did before.

From a weight loss, mental and emotional health point of view, it is absolutely essential we change how we respond, which is why I want to share with you my favourite strategy to start getting this under control.

The next time you are hit with a sudden bout of cravings, what I want you to do is say to yourself you can have whatever it is you are craving, but you firstly have to have a glass of water and wait 15 minutes.

That’s it.

The reason why I love this strategy is because of how simple it is, and here’s why it works:

  • It’s really easy to confuse feelings of thirst with hunger, so by having the water first you can ensure you aren’t just dehydrated
  • Cravings are often linked to acting on impulse, so by breaking the trigger you remove the mindset of instant gratification, putting yourself in control of the decision.

During this time, you can gather your thoughts and chances are after 15 minutes the cravings will have passed, as they may have just been caused by something that happened in that moment, e.g. as a response to stress.

On the times that you still want the item after the 15 minutes, you can then have it guilt free, knowing you waited and truly wanted it.

This will have the knock-on effect of improving your relationships with food and how you feel about yourself.

This is just an example of how small changes can have a huge impact on how you think and feel, as implementing this can give you the confidence boost to show yourself that you can change, along with cutting down on the number of times you indulge.

Not only that, but water is also essential for pretty much every function in your body, so this has the added bonus of helping increase your intake.

It really is a win win all round!

Next time you find yourself in this situation give it a go!

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