Food Cravings are very common, so common in fact, that many of us think they're normal and we just have to put up with them. A food craving becomes a problem when it bothers us, and when we're not in control.
For example, I crave tea, but it doesn't bother me, as I drink it once a day, enjoy it, and am easily able to stop at one cup. I have had patients that craved tea and would drink it all day long. They felt wired, and it was a real problem for them before they came to see me. See the difference?
Ask yourself, 'Am I in charge of my eating, or is the food I crave more in charge? How is this affecting my peace of mind or body?'
Here are some common signs of food cravings. If you answer YES to any of these, you may be able to find more peace with food than you're currently experiencing:
- Do you think about specific foods you'd like to eat when you are not truly hungry?
- Do you have specific cravings, that bother you, like sweets, chocolate or starches?
- If you eat the craved food, are you left feeling less than happy with yourself?
- If you avoid the craved food, do you still think about it or have to distract yourself?
- Do you have little or no control over your behavior when you have a craving for a specific food?
Being in charge of your eating is such a good feeling. Once you feel that feeling, you'll wonder how you tolerated food cravings.
How would it feel to be in charge of your eating? And remember, you don't have to give up your craved food, just the craving!