Even though grocery shopping has a new normal about it, we are still ourselves and have certain food preferences.
So, what’s your top food craving – something salty? Sweet? Or something completely different? And is it more or less during this time of COVID?
I don’t know anyone who DOESN’T get cravings from time to time (and sometimes, things like stress or anxiety may potentially drive those cravings up as well).
But I have another question for you. Do you view food cravings as the enemy, something you should do battle with? Or maybe they feel more like a sign of weakness?
So many people feel that way about cravings – but cravings are actually totally normal.
One of the reasons I’ve been talking about intuitive eating earlier this month, is that it can empower you so you are no longer controlled by your cravings.
Because the fact is, you actually have a choice in the matter!
Should You Eat That Slice Of Pizza?
Let’s say you are going about your business on a normal day … and all of a sudden you start craving pizza.
With a ‘diet “all or nothing”’ mindset, you’re left to white-knuckle your way through the craving if you think you shouldn’t have pizza.
You might wonder WHY that craving has come to tempt you from being “good” – because pizza is “bad.”
And thinking that it’s bad or off-limits can actually drive your craving to intensify!
With an intuitive eating mindset, you can give up that tug-of-war feeling.
How To Deal With Cravings, Using Intuitive Eating Techniques
First, you take a few minutes to pay attention to your body’s cues and figure out if your craving is just a passing mood, a sign you’re truly hungry, or even whether you are going to have a slice for dinner and then move on with your life.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- Are you physically hungry?
- Is this a habit – do you normally have cravings this time of day?
- Am I being driven by emotion? Do you feel angry, stressed, lonely, bored, or sad?
- Can you shift your mindset for a few minutes so the craving goes away?
So many times, if we simply shift our attention, our craving will completely DISAPPEAR!
Whatever decision you do end up making, it will be one that was thoughtfully made. And that’s what it’s all about.
When YOU make the decision, you are no longer controlled by your cravings. You are now in control.
“Training your mind to be present in the moment is the #1 key to making healthier choices.” – Susan Albers
Make your day an amazing day (even with the outside factors going on)
CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist @ the Other Pain Clinic Inc.™
PS: If you’d like a little more help in this area, be sure to check out my free Self-Care Immune Boosting Checklist and be sure to follow the Other Pain Clinic Inc for more ways to help yourself and those you care about during this time.