Why we Have Cravings and How to Prevent Them

November 15, 2015

 The body is an amazing source of intelligence.

It is always there for you, pumping blood, never skipping a heartbeat, digesting whatever food you put in it and maintaining homeostasis. Is this reliable, intelligent bio-computer making a mistake by craving ice cream or a hamburger or chocolate? Are cravings due to lack of will-power or discipline? I’d like to suggest that cravings are not a problem. They are critical pieces of information that tell you what your body needs.

The important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave.

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Perhaps your diet is too restrictive or devoid of essential nutrients. Perhaps you are living a lifestyle that is too boring or stressful. Your body tries to correct the imbalance by sending you a message: a craving. A craving for something sweet could mean you need more protein, more exercise, more water or more love in your life. The key to stopping the sugar craving is to understand and deliver what your body really needs.

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself – Cicero

No book or theory can tell you what to eat. Only awareness of your body and its needs can tell you. Of all the relationships in our lives, the one with our body is the most essential. It takes communication, love and time to cultivate a relationship with your body. As you learn to decipher and respond to your body’s cravings, you will create a deep and lasting level of health and balance. The next time you have a craving, treat it as a loving message from your body instead of a weakness.

5 Tips to Preventing Cravings:

· Have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes.
· Get up and take a walk. If you’re in an office setting, try to get up and stretch your legs, and take a lap around the office or a walk downstairs for a few minutes.
· Eat a healthier version of what you crave. For example, if you crave sweets, try eating more fruit or sweet root vegetables to satisfy that craving.
· Ask what is out of balance in your life? Is there something you need to express, or is something being repressed? What happened in your life just before you had this craving?
· When you do eat the food you are craving, enjoy it, taste it, savour it; notice its effect. Then you will become more aware and free to decide if you really want it next time.

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