How do you resist a craving? That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? Because cravings will hit. And when they hit, they hit hard.
But you don’t need to be a slave to your cravings. Your success will depend on how you take back control. You need a plan to get through the temptation. And you need in now.
Look, I’m not saying you should never indulge. There’s a time and a place for everything. But you want to be in control of when you do. It should be a choice, not a reaction.
So whenever temptation feels out of control for me, I use this 4 step process. It helps me resist a craving and stay on my intended path. And that way, I can save my indulgence for the things I choose.
Stop and breath. Focus on the air entering and leaving your body. Center yourself in the here and now.
It’s easy to get carried away with emotional mental chatter about a trigger food. Focus back on the breath and the current moment. This action gives you a chance to calm and settle yourself before you move forward with impulse.
Remember your “why”. Why have you committed to a healthy eating plan? Your reasoning must be meaty and full of depth to have power.
It’s a great idea to write down your “why” before temptation hits. So take a free moment to sit down and reflect on your healthy changes. Write down why it’s so imperative to make these changes now. It’s a great idea to do these at the start of any big diet change while you’re still emotionally charged.
Place this in your phone or write it someplace where you’ll have it in case temptation hits. Don’t just think your why. Read it to yourself in your own words so that it has more power.
Tell yourself that you can have the desired food later. Not now doesn’t mean not ever.
Telling yourself ‘no’ can bring up feelings of resentment. Your voice of desire doesn’t like to be told no. But telling that desire ‘not now’ is different. You’re attacking the current moment only. You’re free to make a different decision in the future.
Does your subconscious likes to rebel against restriction? It will like this so much more.
You won’t be on this restrictive diet forever. Later will eventually come. Just not today.
It’s time to celebrate. You did an amazing job. It was hard to resist a craving. but you did it. And you need to acknowledge this moment.
So give yourself a mental high five. Or maybe a gold star. Really take in the success. Light a candle, take a soothing bath, or spend a few minutes rocking out to your favorite jams. Celebrate is a way only you can.
This is your victory. Sure, there will be other challenges, more cravings to resist. But that’s a challenge for another day. You’re living moment by moment with those pesky cravings. And right now you scored a win. You – one/ Cravings – nada!
So that’s my favorite way to resist a craving. What do you do when your favorite food is calling your name?
RoseMary Griffith says
Well, heck! Erica, I never thought about writing down why I want to be healthy and resist eclairs. What a marvelous idea. I already started my list. The #1 reason is to stay off meds (except for my Synthroid–but I’d dump it if I could). I had to have a colonoscopy/endoscopy this year. The nurse asked 3 times what meds I was on because she couldn’t believe a 60 year-old only take Synthroid. How sad is that?
Thanks for making me think about this. Gotta share your post with my friends!