Food Cravings and 'White Knuckling' - My Solution
Saturday, June 08, 2013
While reading and responding to the article in a fellow sparker's post, I was put in mind of many of the statements I have read in blogs and on chat threads in SparkPeople teams. . .the difficulty of avoiding unhealthy foods, resisting cravings, the well-meaning friends and family who push food at us, etc.
I have a methodology which usually works for me and thought I'd share - maybe it will help you to create a methodology that will work for you.
The article refers to 'white knuckling' - the 'grit your teeth and stay strong' approach - and correctly states that this is neither an optimal nor long term solution to controlling your food cravings / consumption and subsequent weight gain.
I do, however, practice a less severe form of 'white knuckling' which has worked for me:
I just don't let the stuff in the house. Now, I only have to deal with it when I'm out and about.
And my response when I encounter the 'bad' stuff out and about? I remind myself that the function of food is specifically for sustaining life, enjoyment is merely a side effect.
I literally ask out loud "will that food help me sustain a healthy life? what else can I have that WILL sustain a healthy life?"
While I've gotten a few odd looks, saying this out loud always stops peeps from encouraging me to have 'bad' stuff and they usually come back from the kitchen with, or find on the menu, a good alternative - for me AND for them.
Those who spend time with me now no longer push food (of any kind) at me and have made healthy changes in their own eating habits - less pressure! It's becoming a way of life.
Not to say I don't ever eat the 'bad' stuff - but it's much less often and a deliberate choice so I don't have to waste my enjoyment feeling guilty.
Just a thought. . .what will YOU do today for your health and wellbeing?
Ur Spark Neighbor, Dolly