I know you’re probably thinking, “My cravings are why I am NOT losing any weight!” Right?
Hunger is not the enemy.
Hunger is a natural response to life. It’s when the hunger feels out of control that it feels scary. Or when you know you shouldn’t be hungry, but you do.
Our bodies get these urges to wolf down an obscene amount of chocolate, ice cream, or wine and we think something’s wrong with us. When we want seconds of fried rice we think we shouldn’t because everyone’s watching us.
Your cravings and hungers are simply your body’s super-intelligent way of communicating to you.
Think about it: you crave something sweet. You may crave something crunchy or just to chew on something. Maybe something to quench your thirst.
Your body wants something sensuous, not-boring, fulfilling, and fun.
To be satisfied.
It’s just not necessarily in your mouth!
Your body, or animal, is trying to help you every day by giving you feeling and cravings. These messages are NOT the enemy, but your body’s way of trying to help you meet your needs. Your needs for
- food and
- water, etc.
First things first: when you get a craving, stop for a minute and check in with your body.
Really focus on listening and not projecting thoughts. Is she telling you that you’re hungry? Is she just craving sensation of some type? Take a few deep breaths and let her tell you.
If you’re genuinely hungry, eat. You can even check in with your body and ask her what she’s hungry for. If she doesn’t know yet, wait until she tells you. You can’t rush these things.
If she’s not hungry, find out the missing sensation.
- Fun? My dad always said “everyone needs a hobby.” What do you enjoy doing? Do you make the time to do it? If not, why? Is someone or some old, worn-out idea getting in the way?
- Pleasure? How often do you treat yourself to body-work like massages, acupuncture, relaxing baths, or aromatherapy? Do you “treat” your body from time to time or do you treat your body like a work-horse, punishing and pushing without breaks? How is your sex life?
- Relaxation? When was the last time you took a vacation? How often do you focus just on deep breathing? What are your go-to ways of relaxation? If they only involve food (or alcohol), it’s time to find some new ones!
Your body naturally knows how to take care of you. That’s his or her job, actually. She knows how to stay slim and healthy, but only if we listen to the messages.
Your challenge, dear readers, is to identify your cravings. What was the last thing you craved? Was is true hunger or do you have a greater need that either was met or not?