When you have a craving... a real, big craving... the kind that doesn't go away if you wait ten minutes or distract yourself or get busy or eat a bowl of salad... what do you do? Do you give in? Or fight it?
I want to know. Does it matter what the craving is for? Say you are craving a big bowl of Greek yogurt with berries but you're already at your calorie limit or it just isn't on your plan for the day for whatever reason. Do you eat it since it is nutritious? Do you trust that your body "needs" it for some reason? Or do you fight to the end, say Absolutely NOT, and ignore the craving? What if it's M&M's you crave? Is your strategy different?
Are all cravings 'bad'? Is it ever really your body telling you there is something it needs? Is it best to just stay the course and teach your body who's boss and just NEVER cave to cravings, even if it is for an extra banana or a piece of chicken breast?
What if you know there is a specific reason for your craving? What if you are under a lot of stress, and you know that you are craving a bowl of ice cream as stress relief? How about if you have PMS and you know that's why you're craving a salty snack or some chocolate? Do you give in and feed yourself some potato chips, or maybe try to substitute something healthier like kale chips? Do you eat a Hershey bar to quell the chocolate monster, or have a square of dark chocolate? Or do you just say NO anyway, regardless of the reason?
I've had the experience of craving something unhealthy, trying to shut the craving down by eating a bunch of healthy stuff, only to eventually cave and eat the unhealthy thing anyway. In the past, if I craved peanut butter cups, I'd fight it and eat an apple. Then some crackers. Then some cheese. Then think maybe some peanut butter would do it. After a spoon of peanut butter, maybe a few chocolate chips. And in the end I'd eat way more calories than I would have if I'd just had a Reeses cup to begin with.
I've fought cravings until they went away. Sometimes it takes hours. Sometimes I just have to go to bed. Or clean toilets or get out of the house and get my mind off it or whatever. But it that really the best course of action? What do you think? How do you handle your cravings?
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