When you get a food craving that just won't quit, do you chalk it up to Miss Sabotage defeating Miss Discipline in the game of life? I know I've been there, it's been quite a familiar space to me... If this feels like you too, I think you may like this mini blog series.
This is my invitation for you to consider that your problem eating may be something entirely opposite, and not a problem at all. Take a breath, close your eyes and imagine food cravings as valuable and insightful code, not saboteurs... Did I see an eye roll? Well it's my hope that sharing one of my recent experiences will create at least a little stir of curiosity.
In the last few weeks leading up to Autumn, I had food cravings that were playing me like a broken record. I wanted to eat all things soft, sweet, plushy, gummy, smooth and creamy, all beyond physical hunger. And I ate them! In the past, I used to feel very uncomfortable after "giving in" but I would try to placate myself because… I heard self-love and acceptance could be useful in stopping the cycle. Onwards and upwards, right? You may be thinking "good for you" <<insert your skeptical eyes here>>. Yet when I was really honest with myself, I knew I secretly wished for the power and discipline to renounce my food cravings and not ever feel overpowered by them.
Perhaps you noticed my intention for acceptance had an air of duplicity? It had the right spirit but was missing the true essence of acceptance because I was still hoping to control the outcome. It was a little kinder than beating myself up for "giving in" but nonetheless it didn't feel like progress in my books, how about you?
Fast forward deep into my own personal journey of Intuitive Eating and understanding my own symbolic hunger. My initial reaction to a food craving is still resistance but now I'm able to shift pretty quickly into feelings of curiosity in it's place. I now know food cravings can act as metaphorical windows into an unmet need. ~ They are invitations for internal inquiry. ~
Rather than wishing them away, you can learn to step closer and approach your food cravings with kindness. They don't show up to ruin your plans, they're simply trying to get your attention to express an unmet need. Perhaps it’s not a chess match between discipline and sabotage after all. When you stop seeing it as a fight to be fought, you may be able to crack the code to your hidden need that's simply asking to be heard. Once you know your true need, you are already more than half way to getting said need met.
I would love to know… Has this sparked your curiosity enough to consider how your food cravings may indeed be clever code, ready to be uncovered?
If you're interested in knowing how to change your relationship with food cravings and how I personally handled my recent experience, stay tuned for PART 2 & 3 of this mini blog series. I get super personal. If you don’t want to miss the rest of this series, and other valuable Intuitive Eating trainings, take a moment to Join my Circle. Just wait for the blue banner to pop up:
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