1st step to satisfying a craving?
Determine if it is emotionally or physiologically driven
Craving something & trying to figure out how to curb it or satisfy it is not as important as knowing where it’s coming from
I want to preface this by saying I’m a big believer in satisfying our cravings & believe there’s a reason our body is asking us for things so dramatically
BUT I also am well versed in the brains role in a craving & know it isn’t as simple as “want chocolate, have chocolate”
I’ll share a personal example that I shared with a client yesterday who asked (& inspired this post)
When I was a kid, my mom would always make hot chocolate & we’d put saltine crackers in it (so good don’t judge)
This was sooo comforting to me
This is what I usually crave when there’s an emotional void in my life
But not due to any sort of deficiency in magnesium, sodium, or carbs
Usually it’s when I’m feeling the need for more love, downtime, family time, & peace
Because that’s what it brought me as a kid
So when I became aware of what I was ACTUALLY craving, I found other ways to satisfy it
On the other hand, I have physiological cravings too!
I’m not gunna pretend like I’m perfect & never deal with it
On lower carb days I get hyper focused on carbs but I KNOW (thank you psychology degree & deep passion for understanding disordered eating behaviors) that it’s coming from scarcity which leads to fixation
Just like when there’s a scarcity of money in someone’s life they fixate on how to scrape by or make more
Seeing it this way makes it feel tangible & controllable
Sometimes I realize I’ve been slacking with my vitamins or haven’t had a diet change in a bit so I might make some substitutions in my plan & make it work
Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint a craving’s origin, but most of the times you can ask is this an emotional or a physical void?
Our body & brain work together to maintain homeostasis
So when you’re in a controlled starvation like prep or you follow a strict diet, cravings are pretty much unavoidable
But when you have the MINDSET to move through them, you’ll come out on top
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY