Here’s What People Say To Me..
I totally know WHAT I’m supposed to eat. But it is impossible to make myself follow through. All because of my cravings.”
And When Someone Says This To Me, It Is Usually Followed By This …
“The first few days of a new diet are easy peasy. I know exactly what I’m supposed to eat and I really embrace the discipline.
But then I’ll give into temptation. And just when things are going so well. It must be because I’m a weak person. Or maybe I’m just trying to self-sabotage. Or perhaps I’m chemically addicted to food.
And I’ll feel bad. OK, I won’t feel bad at first. Actually, I’ll feel pretty damn good. Better than I’ve felt in a while. But the aftermath is always horribly icky.”
There’s Such Shame From Giving Into Cravings and Emotional Eating.
“I’ll feel frustrated for letting myself down. And I’ll feel a deep sense of shame and failure.
But I’ll also start craving more food. I’ll want to eat the “bad” foods more than ever. Because it felt really good eating before it felt bad. And I’m beginning to think the secret to feeling good is eating bad foods.
And the longer this goes on, the worse I’ll feel in my body. I’m stuck in this horrible pattern until I get back into a place of diet and discipline. But once I get there, this pattern starts all over again.
And I’m just exhausted from trying”
And This Is What I’ll Say In Response
You aren’t hopeless. You aren’t unlovable. And this doesn’t have to be exhausting.
The diet industry is eager to tell you how to eat. What they really don’t mention is what it takes to heal your relationship with food.
You Must Heal Both Emotionally AND Physically
There are both physical and emotional factors that contribute to your cravings. But how do you heal? This isn’t an episode of Bewitched where you can just wiggle your nose and POOF! Your cravings are gone!
Steps To Take To Reduce Cravings
- Eat special foods that will help appease your cravings
- Do a specific exercise right before you binge
- Create a special game-plan before going to the grocery story
- Allow yourself to feel this one feeling (The exact feeling you’re blocking may surprise you.)
- Explore your cravings with a simple challenge
Free Online Workshop/Webinar!
And because this isn’t a simple topic that I can wrap up with a bow in a couple of paragraphs. I’ve decided to hold a free online workshop on the subject.
I’m holding it on October 26th at 5pm PT/ 8pm ET and it will last about an hour.
In this workshop, I’ll take you through a 10-step process to radically change how you think and how you interact with food.
EAT EMPOWERED: THE SECRET TO BANISHING CRAVINGS AND HEALING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD.
10/26/16 at 5pm PT/ 8pm ET
(Remember the name and email you use to register as you will need this to log-in to the workshop!)
By the end of the hour, you’ll have concrete steps to;
- Master your cravings and emotional eating
- Eat foods to make your brain happy without destroying your waistline
- Get the support you need to keep you moving towards your goals
- Stop feeling hungry all the time
- Stay on your diet without making yourself want to pull your hair out
So if you feel that your relationship with food could use some healing, I hope you’ll join me. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m really excited to share it with you!
Sabrina Quairoli says
I noticed that if I eat beans regularly they fill me up enough, I can easily stay on track with my diet. Sounds like a good webinar. We all need it. Good luck with it.
That is great Sabrina that you found a food that really helps your diet. Little realizations like that can make such a difference.
There is always a reason why people overeat or under eat. These need to be addressed before one can move on to a consistent healthy eating regime.
I have a liking for sweet foods which I am trying to curb. The less I eat, the less I crave them.
It is so true that sweet foods make you crave more sweets. Refined carbohydrates do that too!
Doreen Pendgracs says
Hi Erica. As someone who is deeply immersed in the world of artisanal chocolate, I can truly say (and have written in my book) that if I have a chocolate craving, absolutely NOTHING will satisfy it except chocolate. I’ve tried diverting the craving with what is perceived as healthier snack foods such as almonds, vegetable pieces or fruit, but I always end up eating the chocolate as well. So, If I want chocolate, I will have a tiny piece of pure dark chocolate and that –and nothing else — will satisfy the craving.
First of all, a bite or so of anything daily (assuming the diet is otherwise healthy) is unlikely to do damage. Not everyone is able to eat something they crave in moderation. But if you can, a bite or two should be just fine. Having said that, I can see why nuts and fruit don’t fulfill your need for chocolate. They won’t satisfy the pleasure center in the brain in the same way that chocolate does. A person who is having cravings for chocolate that are getting in the way of their diet would need to substitute something sweet, and something that probably has some element of chocolate flavor. What you substitute is dependent on what you crave.
Marquita Herald says
Congratulations on the workshop – I’m sure it will be wonderful and I’ll be happy to spread the word. I tend to believe that no matter how compelling the message or effective the tips until someone is ready to change, they aren’t going to follow through (saying it and doing it are two different realities for most), so I’m glad to see exploring the cravings will be part of the program.
Yes, as I’m sure your well aware, a person will never change until they are ready. There has to be personal motivation before all else!
RoseMary Griffith says
Drat that I have an obligation on the 26th that conflicts with your webinar. Like you said to Doreen, if I’m really, really craving something, I’ve found that if I give into that with a little bite, I’m good to go.
It’s a trick to teach your taste buds that a carrot is better than a cracker (I love crackers) and that a grape is better than a glass of wine (oh, I love my wine). 🙂
Good luck with the webinar. That also happens to be my 40th (!!!) birthday, so I’m going to be out on the town. I don’t have to many issues with cravings, mostly because I will keep certain foods around that I tend to want and then don’t overindulge. For example, I always have a chocolate bar in my pantry and a square or two every other day seems to be me satisfied. My weird craving is salt. I will actually eat it plain at times. That really makes some people go, ewww.
It’s really difficult to control yourself when you are craving for specifics. Would like to wish you Good Luck for your webinar. Will spread the word dear!
William Rusho says
Thanks for the information about the workshop, and also about cravings. It seems we all start dieting and working out with the best intentions, but these cravings step in to destroy them.
Ken Dowell says
When I try to limit my diet in terms of avoiding bad food (much of which I love so it’s hard to call it bad) my biggest problem is making excuses to veer off my diet. It’s always “just this time” because I’m with someone I haven’t seen in a while or I’m in a new city and want to try things or it’s a special occasion. Admittedly, a lot of my consciousness about what I should and shouldn’t eat disappears wkhen I step through the door of a restaurant.
I am glad I have never allowed my temptations to ruin my diet plan. In fact I hardly have any craving for junk foods, sweet dishes or any other food that usually harms the health.
But this is a problem most of us face these days. I know a few guys who find it hard to stick to a strict fitness plan even for a few weeks. This workshop can be a boon for people in this list.
Best of luck
Donna Janke says
Good luck with the workshop. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend. I know my cravings get the most of me when I’m tired.