Deconstruction of a Craving

When I was pregnant, all I craved was hot dogs with cheese. It’s the only time in my life I’ve ever had or wanted hot dogs with cheese, but for about 7 months that was all I wanted! Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of my cravings, they just got sneakier over time.

Nowadays my cravings come in the form of sugar. We have a complicated relationship, because although I want and need the natural sugar of fruits and veggies, processed sugar throws my brain into a tailspin of depression, anxiety and desire all at once. Not only that, when I do give in, nothing else compares or satisfies. I’ve learned over the years to stay away, and mostly don’t want any form of processed sugar. On special occasions I do have a planned and eagerly-awaited piece of decadent chocolate cake from my favorite restaurant and I’m all in, with no repercussions. (It probably helps that said restaurant is 2 hours away.)

But, oh, the cheap processed sugar of a glazed donut is a different story. When that craving comes, it’s a sign that something is “off.” I know that if I give in it’ll trigger the downward spiral of a sugar binge. This week, literally all I thought about from sun-up to sun-down was glazed donuts. I didn’t give in, but it took a lot of my emotional energy because I know for me, it’s never “only” about a glazed donut.

I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I’m working from home, healthy, with everybody doing well.  But day in and day out, it was a painful battle to not drive that mile to Dunkin. Then on Thursday morning, I had the impromptu conversation with TL (True Love) about the direction of my business and future goals.

I plan on becoming a Master Health Coach and then get Board Certified, but I also want to get certified as a Life Coach. I want it all, and I want it all now; but each process is approximately a year of dedicated study. I now realize that because I couldn’t make a decision about which direction to go first, I was stuck in this limbo of wanting more but not having the nerve to make a decision.

Lo and behold, two things came from this conversation. One, I am going to start my educational process of becoming a Master Certified Health Coach (big WOOHOO!). The second, even more fascinating, is that my sugar cravings went from one hundred to zero in the course of a 10-minute conversation.

True cravings can be caused by pregnancy, hormones or poor eating habits. But by now, I know if our diets are mostly healthy to begin with, the out-of-control cravings are generally emotional. Journaling, meditation and staying in tune with your body through movement all help significantly. It also helps to have somebody to walk with you through the process. What I continue to discover is that no matter how much knowledge you may have, life can still throw you a curve ball. Safe to say, we are all living in curve-ball times; so please make sure that you are taking care of yourself, physically and emotionally. When necessary, reach out to somebody to walk and talk you through the tough times. We all need each other, now more than ever.

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