Every new client that comes for weight-loss has a “craving problem.” But I don’t see it as a problem at all. I see it as a solution. Cravings are over-rated. They are hodge-podge and we don’t have to be controlled by them. We don’t have to feel temped by ice cream, cookies or 20-ounce prime ribs. Instead, we can be tempted by watermelon, pineapple, oranges, apples and chocolate; foods like that. Think that sounds crazy? Well it isn’t and you’ll see why.
When I review the "Tell SHARKStrong about YOU" submissions sent by a client about their eating habits, I gather everything I need to know about exactly what they eat and how they eat. The culprit to their weight problem always boils down to snacking, picking, eating foods that are unhealthy or just plain over-eating. Then I’ll ask them what fruits and vegetables they like. I’m yet to come across someone who hates fruit or hates every vegetable under the sun. Finally I’ll ask them how often they eat fruits or vegetables and it’s always a lot less often than the unhealthy stuff.
After I’ve gathered my arsenal of information, we do our thing. By giving `PERMISSION TO EAT WHAT YOU CRAVE WILL REDUCE YOUR CRAVINGS OVER TIME. Next thing you know the items desired are reduced by quantity and portion. Change your thoughts and you’ll change what you crave. Simple.
Let’s look at this from another perspective. Let’s say pineapple is your favorite fruit. Now, if you were sitting with me right now and I gave you a juicy chunk of it, you would enjoy it thoroughly. And you’d want more, right? Of course. Now, let’s say I reached into my refrigerator, whipped-out a piece of chocolate cake and said, “choose one.” Most likely you would opt for the pineapple because you just had a teaser-piece, which would make your mind want more. The fact of the matter is this: you enjoy your favorite fruits just as much as you enjoy your favorite junk foods, you just believe otherwise.
Again, cravings are over-rated. The mere mention of that devilish word always seems to conjures-up images of high calorie, high fat foods only because these are the foods you are most exposed to in our media driven world. Your subconscious gets accustomed to this and just doesn't know any better. Change your minds images and you’ll change your cravings. Give yourself the OK to have a small portion DAILY. If chocolate is your thing HAVE IT. Just ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FITNESS GOAL. If a bar of chocolate has 200+ calories and half are fat you probably shouldn't have the whole bar. ONLY a couple of squares. You goal is to eat the amount of calories necessary for your NEW BODY. Not the calories necessary to maintain your current body. EAT NUTRITIONAL FOR THE SIZE BODY YOU WANT.