Coping With Our Cravings
Noun 1. an intense desire for some particular thing. desire – the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state.
We all get them!
Maybe you are trying to move toward vegetarianism, but your neighbor’s barbecue smell wafts towards you house and you crave STEAK.
Maybe you are trying to follow the Paleo diet and you just want some potatoes!. My advice is to surrender–on occasion. When it comes to eating, you can do anything occasionally unless you are truly allergic. Think of the craving as a temporary priority! It will feel good to give in.
Enjoy it, savor it, then go back to your long-term goals. It’s important to know you can be flexible. NEVER beat yourself up for giving in. Everyone needs a little pleasure now and then. Another strategy is to figure out just how much you want to give in to your craving. Get a kitchen timer. When you get a craving for something you know will not align with your long-term goals, set the timer for 5 minutes and start it. If you still want to give in after 5 minutes…DO IT! Enjoy fully. Then move on and never think about it again. It was your choice.
Here at Stony Creek Wellness, when one of our patients is on our Ideal Protein diet program and needs a temporary break, we cycle them through phases so they can go on a cruise, take part of summer off, etc. That’s a longer version of the same principle!
So remember: Be consistent, but do not beat yourself up when you hit a road block or feel the need to enjoy yourself.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Dr. Emily Nolfo