Does something in the pantry or fridge call your name so insistently that you give in, almost every day? If it’s a vegetable, great work! If it’s sugary, processed or addictive, banish those consuming thoughts with a big D!
Distract – do something that engrosses you
Delay – do something else first, the craving may pass
Drink – lots of water, you may be dehydrated
Deep breathe – reset your body and mind with four deep breaths, breathing in through your nose for four counts, holding for seven counts, and out for eight counts
Distance – go for a walk or jog
Disgust – imagine how you’ll feel after you’ve finished scoffing it down
Determine – how much, how often
Debate – the pros and cons
Different – replace it with a healthy alternative. Fruit instead of lollies. Almond bread instead of cake. Avocado cacao mousse instead of chocolate. Strawberry sorbet instead of Neapolitan icecream. Kale chips instead of potato chips. Chia bread instead of white stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth, nutritionally-void bread.
Discuss – with a supportive friend, family member – or health coach!
There are many reasons for cravings. You might be deficient in a nutrient, lacking balance elsewhere in your life, associate that food with a memory or season, be hormonal or experiencing blood sugar swings.
What are your cravings trying to tell you? Share your story by leaving a reply above.