Everybody’s got cravings. It’s a way of life. Anyone who tries to give you “5 steps to eliminate your cravings” is lying to you. That’s right…I said it…they’re a liar! But no worries, that’s exactly why want to share with you a different approach to cravings. I want to give you permission to accept your cravings, know how to interpret them and deal with them…I want for you to be kind to your cravings.
You see that up there (wish I had an arrow pointing upwards). That’s an ice cream cone of Cookie Butter Ice Cream from Trader Joes. Guyyys…. This. Ice. Cream. Little side note…I LOVED doing this photo shoot for this post because it involved licking all the melted ice cream drips as the sun shone on this little cone until, little by little, well…bye bye ice cream!
Let me just start this post by giving you a little glimpse into former me. Former me would never have bought this ice cream. First of all, this is good ole, real, old fashioned, cream and sugar ice cream. Old me would have stuck to fro-yo and never strayed. But man oh man, I see the light! Real ice cream is, well, REAL!
Former me would have been afraid of indulgences. I would have feared allowing myself this treat, and would have rather settled for ice cream’s wanna be instead, which promised less calories, less fat, and therefore being able to eat more. I know, I know, crazy thought!
And former me would have tried to use exercise as a way to justify eating this ice cream. Either I would have HAD to exercise pre- ice cream indulgence or I would have HAD to exercise like crazy the day after. Not the healthiest mindset to say the least.
I don’t know about you, but when I crave real, cream and butter stuff, my body wants that and only that! It says, “Don’t you try to trick me with the counterfeit healthy stuff!” I know what I want, and that’s what I’m gonna get, by golly!
Lol, I think I’m getting a little carried away. You can blame the ice cream I ate before writing this post for the sugar high I have right now. Just kidding. Maybe. Ok, probably. It’s called stream of consciousness, guys!
But let’s be serious. Cravings are a real deal! And our bodies are amazing beings that we, far too often, don’t give credit. They have the ability to sense a deficit. They know a need and do all that they can to get that need met.
Hence, your cravings.
Well, most of the time at least.
So many people diss cravings and give us the false impression that cravings are unhealthy. But I beg to differ! Cravings, my friend, are the essence of being healthy. But, being able to decipher what your cravings mean is essential!
That’s what being kind to your cravings is all about! Knowing what your body needs when you need it, and responding to that need in a way that is healthy and whole.
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