Dear Our Lady of Weight Loss ~ I was sitting at my desk, feeling just fine, minding my own business, thinking about work, all the things that I needed to do, and then out of nowhere. I swear, out of NO-Where, a craving came rolling through that literally knocked me off my “tush,” and landed me straight in front of a vending machine.
Quarters, dimes and nickels in my hand (again, where did they come from), I inserted my change into the machine, hit buttons and out came a candy bar to my liking. Next thing you know, I am back at my desk chomping through the bar, and finally licking the packaging that it had been wrapped in, hoping for another quick jolt of “heaven.”
Can you explain this to me? Where did the craving come from? How did I manage to have the right amount of change in my hand for the vending machine? It’s not like I planned any of it. It just happened. ~ T.W.
Dear T.W. ~ A craving, a.k.a. an intense desire that leaves you longing for a certain kind of food, can be triggered from a variety of places. Situations can trigger food cravings, conversations, commercials on the radio or television, pretty much anything. It’s different for each of us.
I know that it feels like the craving is in control and that you are powerless, having an out of body experience. Still, there are ways to get a grip And NOT succumb to the craving.
The KEY!!! Cravings are Thoughts. Instead of experiencing cravings as cravings, see them for what they really are. They are just thoughts.
Cravings are just one of the many thousands of thoughts that we have each day. They are not “concrete” in nature. They are like the clouds rolling in and out. They are simply suggestions. A thought is a suggestion, which means that not every thought needs to be acted upon.
Wave hello to the “craving thought,” and say, “Hi Craving … Nice to see you. Here’s your hat. What’s your hurry?!” Send the craving thought on its way!
Make “I do not have to act on my thoughts. I have a choice!” your mantra.
I know that there are some people who are reading this and thinking that seeing cravings as thoughts and making a conscious choice won’t work, or maybe it’ll work for other people, but their cravings are too strong, etc. More thoughts, more suggestions are being produced by your very clever minds.
How resistant are you to trying something that works? Remember that thoughts are suggestions and that you do not have to follow them.
I hope that helps, TW, and all who have had or will have cravings (every single one of us). ~ OLofWL
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