Don’t Cave to Cravings

Posted on December 3, 2020


I’ve written about my journey to avoid obesity and carry a healthy weight, and it’s time for a refresher.

I saw a friend post on social media that they “need to eat less.”

I can relate. I just went through a week of “grief eating,” where I made a batch of Puppy Chow and ate it every day–and the week before that, I made & ate a batch of brownies. Of course, they were delicious, and I don’t regret it, but the raw agony of grief is shrinking, and I have to break out of the sugar habit again before I erase the benefits of my previous work.

On a good note, I ate all this sugar and chocolate within my 11-7 eating period, so I didn’t lose all my self-control, so there’s that…

But now I have cravings, and I’ll have them for a few days, probably, so I have come up with a list of things to do when the cravings come.

If you’re struggling to regain control, too, maybe my list will help you. Be well, friend. And don’t be too hard on yourself when you break the pattern. Just take deep breaths and try again.

10 Things To Do Instead of Caving to Cravings

10. Do a house chore. Put a load of laundry in the washer, sweep the kitchen, organize a cupboard.

9. Write a note of encouragement (physical or electronic) to someone you love.

8. Call a friend.

7. Do yard work.

6. Hula-Hoop.

5. Dance.

4. Write, either in my wellness journal to address the issue directly, or in my personal journal or other writing projects.

3. Learn a new song.

2. Play music.

1. Go outside. Walk, bike, or just BE.

The key to success for me is to be doing something active, because I want to FOCUS on something other than the craving, and movement helps ease the agitated feeling that comes when I tell my craving self “no.”

As December unfolds, the “holiday spirit” might be the Sugar Demon in disguise, because so many of our fond memories are tied to foods that remind us of gathering with loved ones, and those foods are too-often sweets. It’s hard work to re-program ourselves to celebrate and remember without engaging in self-sabotage. Everyone has to find the strategies that work for them; I hope that by sharing mine, I might help someone develop their own and regain control.

Every minute is a new opportunity to renew our commitment to self-care and a healthy relationship with food. I lost control there for a couple of weeks, but it’s a new day, and I’m getting back on track.

Be well, friends. Thanks for reading.

lisa eddy is a writer-for-hire, researcher, educator-for-hire, youth advocate,  musician, and gardener.

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