This is a weird time for the world. We all feel it.  We have concerns regarding our health, finances, kids education, charitable causes, and more.  We are in a new normal. I debated whether to send out my emails but because I often receive so many “thank you’s” for the information, decided that now is absolutely not the time to stop.  Now is the time to practice healthy habits and feel good about what  we can control – how we chose to act and think each and every day.

I had my emails planned for the month and think they are still important because as we are stuck at home, we may find ourselves caving into cravings that are caused by stress, boredom, anxiety, etc….not actual hunger.  Being intentional with our choices, paying attention to what’s driving our desire to eat, is going to help stay the healthy course!

Think about cravings…What’s your top food craving – something salty? Sweet? Or something completely different?

I don’t know anyone who DOESN’T get cravings from time to time.

But I have another question for you. Do you view food cravings as the enemy, something you should do battle with?

Or maybe they feel more like a sign of weakness.

So many people feel that way about cravings –  but cravings are actually totally normal.

One of the reasons I’ve been talking about intuitive eating this month is that it can empower you so you are no longer controlled by your cravings.

Because the fact is, you actually have a choice in the matter!

Let’s say you are going about your day, and all of a sudden you find yourself about to open that bag of chips.  You really want those chips. They are calling your name….

but you are going to white knuckle it because chips are “bad”. 

And you wonder, why do I always have to crave something “bad”, why can’t it be something “good”?

And thinking that it’s bad or off-limits can actually drive your craving to intensify!

With an intuitive eating mindset, you can give up that tug-of-war feeling.

First, you take a few minutes to pay attention to your body’s cues and figure out if your craving is just a passing mood, a sign you’re truly hungry, or even whether you are going to have a few chips now and then move on with your life.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you physically hungry?
  • Is this a habit – do you normally have cravings this time of day?
  • Am I being driven by emotion? Do you feel angry, stressed, lonely, bored, or sad?
  • Can you shift your mindset for a few minutes so the craving goes away? 

So many times, if we simply shift our attention, our craving will completely DISAPPEAR!

Whatever decision you do end up making, it will be one that was thoughtfully made. And that’s what it’s all about.

When YOU make the decision, you are no longer controlled by your cravings. You are now in control.

“Training your mind to be present in the moment is the #1 key to making healthier choices.”

Susan Albers

I know it’s strange to see the grocery store shelves empty and it’s worrisome to wonder, will I be able to eat? Feed my family?

  1. Here are two resources that may be helpful:
    Download my FREE  Healthy Meals with Non-Perishable Foods Recipe guide.  Having staples on hand so, no matter what, you can make a healthy meal at home, is going to relieve a lot of stress and anxiety.
  2. Order from Healthy Gourmet Your Way.  They are committed to helping families get through this – no subscription necessary, same-day and free shipping on orders that qualify.

REFERENCES:
www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/snack-attack-coping-with-cravings#1
www.health.com/nutrition/craving-meaning-health

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