If you’re reading this then I already know you know how this feels, I hear phrases like, out-of-control, the food’s controlling me, I can’t help myself, zoned out eating, comfort eating, secret eating.
But the food cravings behaviour occurs for many different reasons.
The bottom-line is that it really is a strategy and it’s been learned, either from others or created by you, as a means for not feeling something else.
Perhaps it’s that the kitchen is your domain, and another area of control, where you dictate what goes into the store-cupboards and fridge.
It can be very much about control, especially when lots of other areas in life, and people make you feel blown around by circumstances, their behaviour, kids growing up and making their own way, not needing you quite so much, work, partner, having to do everything yourself, and more!
It may be none of these, and if that’s it then just think about yours?
Want to eat less
What must be understood is that this pattern of compulsive behaviour is just that, it’s a behaviour you learned to do at some point and the good news is you can un-learn it just as easily.
I was working with a group for the day, and when we did work on Food Cravings one lady in particular stood out. Her desire to eat a shop-bought meringue nest was such that she had us all laughing. We had some fun with the wording to work through it and everyone else benefited from her need, because she was just saying what everyone else was thinking.
Two hours passed and she’d not been tempted and said her children wouldn’t believe she could have gone that long without caving in, an hour later she threw it in the bin. She was surprised at both how hard it was to resist eating it at the beginning, that she’d turned it down after such a strong urge, how quickly it changed and all the things that lay behind it, among which was that ‘someone had taken the time to make it’.
This actually harked back to her mum making them in the kitchen when she was a kid. Does some of this already sound familiar?
Chase away your food cravings
Working on Food Cravings is about realigning with yourself, so you stop getting those pangs of having to reach for unwanted items when you’re not even hungry.
This gives you have a chance to bring along all the things you’d like to start resisting more, your poisons of choice.
If you’re someone who just overeats everything at certain times of the day or month, in other words anything will do, then choose what would be your absolute favourites if you were to make a list.
Then we work through the items and reduce the craving one-by-one.
- Food cravings
- Addressing self-sabotage around your own unyielding high expectations
- Exploring your personal demons
- Learning how to work by yourself
- How to break the hamster-wheel habit
- Eat what you love and still lose weight
- Get yourself off the yo-yo dieting roundabout
Food addiction help
This releases the emotional torment that keeps you dancing around food cravings, which is a way to break out of the prison of compulsions and addiction. It subsequently helps the body to get off the yo-yo dieting roundabout and instead helps address all your basic triggers around certain foods and their associations, in order to become impartial towards it which gives you back the control.