The way the brain and body work together is such a complicated process. There are so many things involved in the choices you make whether healthy or unhealthy. How you agree to believe, the way you began to cope and see life early on, your genetics, hormones, neurotransmitters, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and environments are some of the things that help you to make health choices on a daily basis. What you crave in moments of stress, sadness, anger, and reward are much more than just a simple mental choice. If it were that easy we all would be able to make the right one and we would have a healthy planet. Your body, brain, emotions, conditioning, and autopilot coping skills go into the choice. They all work together to create the cravings you experience and the choices you make with your health. For many of us who continue to make choices we wish to change there is hope. There are many example of people who experienced change despite years of struggle. I have witnessed hundreds of people over the years change everything from hardcore food and drug addictions to unhealthy cravings of love. Here is what I have learned from both the people I have witnessed and the research I have conducted on eliminating unhealthy cravings in your life. This includes food, drugs and alcohol, sex, shopping, and more.
Managing The Cravings
- Take responsibility for everything. If you are an adult it is so important to be responsible. Many of us experienced trauma, loss, and other severe negative events as youth. I understand sadness and self-pity believe me. I am so sorry if you experienced abuse or trauma in your youth but to continue to give energy to self-pity will only help you to crave unhealthy things. Get professional help if you need. Take responsibility for your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and the way that you respond to life TODAY. Stay present, see the good in your life more than the bad, and be willing to go through the discomfort of growth for your overall better health. Today is all that matters. Be responsible.
- Be prepared. If you know that you crave things that are not the best for your health, preparation is a key to managing the craving. Having healthy food and water available, a place where you can take a break for five to ten minutes, strong support, intentional distractions, positive affirmations, and other methods in place when you have unhealthy cravings will help you. The key is to recognize the unhealthy craving as soon as possible. Replace the unhealthy craving immediately with healthy food, water, exercise, positive emotion (something that makes you smile, thankful, or peaceful), contact your support if necessary, and distract yourself with work, projects at home, pleasurable activities etc. Be prepared and stay connected with yourself to change.
- Give Up Guilt. Many of us were taught by religion, parents, teachers, and others to feel guilty about the choices we make. As I have stated, making a choice is very complicated, especially for those who struggle. While the need to address your unhealthy choices should take priority immediately, it is more important to learn from your “mistakes” than to feel guilty about them. If you feel guilty about the choice you will create the multiple layer process of the unhealthy craving. Learn and make the healthier choice next time.
- Keep fighting but fight for the right cause. Fighting against the craving will only lead you to give into the craving. Willpower is a limited resource. When you have an unhealthy craving immediately give thought, energy, and focus to what your health goal is for the day. The quicker you can change the mindset to being successful versus fighting against the craving the quicker you will be able to manage the craving. Stay focused on only today and fight for your success!
So much goes into why we crave unhealthy things and make the choices we make. Please begin to move toward making healthier choices for yourself, your future, and for those who care about you. Please know that you can overcome anything that you have struggled with like many have. Begin today! BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!
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