If you’ve ever experienced the power of addictive foods you’ll know how overpowering and physical food cravings can be. What’s more, these cravings are usually accompanied by unquenchable hunger feelings, which just won’t go away until we’ve caved in and reached for that bite. Compounding this are the relentless obsessions around the food you’re craving. Should I eat it or not? When can I get it? Where can I buy it? If I eat it I won’t be allowed dinner. I’ll have to go to the gym. No, I won’t eat it. Stuff it, I’ll have it just one more time and tomorrow I’ll start a new diet. And so on…
For those moments when the cravings, the hunger and the food thoughts are just not letting up, it’s important to be prepared with a plan of action. Here are the top 5 things you can do to overcome food cravings:
Yes, it’s scientifically proven that prayer works wonders. You don’t have to be religious to pray. All you need to be is open and willing to ask for help. Prayer is just like setting an intention and reflects an open and willing attitude to ask for help and be given a solution not of our own making. Try it. When you’re in a tricky situation, maybe at a party, excuse yourself and go to the bathroom for a little moment of prayer.
Connect to another person and ask for support. Text a friend, call somebody and share what you’re struggling with. Addictive eating thrives in isolation, and the antidote to isolation is connection. Especially when you feel like isolating, take contrary action and call someone. NOW.
Take time out. Pause. Don’t make any rash decisions. Sit down somewhere and breathe deeply. Have you ever wondered what smokers get from cigarettes? Well, nicotine yes, but above all, they’re relaxing because they’re inhaling deeply. You can do that too, and you don’t need a cigarette for it.
Focus your attention on helping somebody else. Call a friend and ask them how they are. Focus on them. Offer your help to somebody on the street. Again, this is not an activity to plan, just direct your attention to where you can be of service right this moment.
Count your blessings. When our minds are racing we’re operating from a state of fear. Fear cannot coexist with a state of appreciation. So, writing down, or thinking about, 10 things in your life that you can be grateful for, your attitude shifts from fear to love. It calms you down and refocuses your mind.
These techniques will help you in discovering life beyond food.