Are you feeling deprived? Are you about to give into a craving? We fight an uphill battle every day dealing with cravings. Most of us are trying to change something in our lives to make life better. We’re trying to lose weight. We’re trying to be nicer to others. We’re trying to drink less. Whatever it might be we’re fighting cravings all day every day. You probably feel the weight of those cravings as you read these words. So, the real question is how do you fight those cravings? There are plenty of ways to fight cravings, but do they ever really work? How many times do you give into your craving? When we are trying to change for the better it seems like the universe is conspiring against us, doesn’t it?
When you’re trying to lose weight you cut out foods that are either high-calorie or unhealthy for you. There are all these rules about what you should or should not eat to lose weight. The problem is instead of focusing on the things that you can have you’re too focused on the things that you can’t have. It seems like the universe is conspiring against you but maybe it’s your own mind that’s plotting against you. Maybe it’s your mind that’s focusing on that thing you cannot have. Have you ever noticed when you buy a new car it seems like everyone else has that car now? That isn’t actually the case. What’s happening is your awareness is greater for that car because now you’re driving it. Same thing happens when you tell yourself you cannot have something. You’re focused on that thing. You crave that thing. In the end, you give in to that craving. Next time instead of thinking about the things you can’t have, think about the things you can have. Focus on the positive. If you focus on the things you can have then maybe you’ll start to crave those things.
Now, it is possible that by just reading this post your cravings are in full swing. Isn’t our mind crazy? While you’re reading this you may be telling yourself that this idea of focusing on the positive doesn’t work and is a waste of time. To be honest, there’s some truth to that. If you’re not one of those that can curb your cravings then may be the best thing for you is to focus on moderation. Don’t exclude any foods from your diet. Eat less of the foods you crave. For example, if you’re used to drinking 2-4 soda’s a day. Then you go cold turkey and have zero sodas, more than likely before you know it you’ll have already given into a soda craving. So the best way is to cut your current consumption in half. Then when you’re ready, cut the amount in half again. Before you know it the soda cravings will be gone. Then long term sustainable results will follow. Hopefully, these two techniques will help you curb your cravings and then you’ll be on your way to a healthier you!