Say it with me. “I am bigger than my cravings.” Do you believe it? Or every time you see your favorite dessert, you just HAVE TO have a bite? (You can taste it right?)
Did you know that fatty and sugary foods overall are proven to be just as addictive as cocaine and nicotine combined (if not more)? That’s insane and sadly true.
Yes, for years we have let our unhealthy “cravings” get the best of us; leading to obesity, illnesses, low self-esteem and the list goes on. So when will it end? I suppose when we want it to end.
At this moment in my Health Coaching program I am learning about over 70 different dietary theories (Yes, I said seven-TY)! In addition, we are learning a lot about how no diet is perfect for everyone–some people are vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian…and so on.
At the end of the day, each of us have our own weaknesses when it comes to food and the bottom line is to not let cravings completely ruin your other healthy eating habits. In the past, I have talked about substituting certain foods that are a healthier choice, but still satisfy your taste buds–well let’s try something different.
Instead of swapping out certain foods and completely
cutting others from you diet all together, let’s make a list of foods that WE KNOW are healthy and good for us that we like, but don’t find ourselves eating often. Also, make a list of healthy foods you’ve never had, but wouldn’t mind trying in the future. The ultimate goal is to increase the consumption of these healthy foods in our normal daily meals. By eating healthier foods that we are not normally consuming, our taste buds begin to change and these foods become the ones that we soon begin to crave instead. Sounds pretty amazing right?!
How often have you wished there would come a day when you only ate healthy food ad loved it as much as that highly processed fast food and sweets that many of us crave on a normal basis? With this, it’s definitely possible (without the feeling of deprivation).
Now my disclaimer: it’s okay to “treat yourself” once in a while and honestly many foods that are good for you have natural sugars that are wonderful for your overall health, but the over consumption of processed, high in sugar and fatty types of food on a normal basis is just not good for you (we all know it) and only creates more unhealthy cravings for you to continue eating them.
Remember that it’s not going to happen over night, but with time, you can become much “bigger than your cravings.”