Craving something sweet? Do this.
I was talking to a Lose Weight for the Last Time subscriber yesterday and she said that all our emails about cravings had her looking at her own eating habits.
She said she doesn’t really experience cravings in the traditional sense, like needing to have a cookie now, or not feeling satisfied until she’s eaten a bag of potato chips.
But she did notice that after lunch or dinner she automatically goes looking for something sweet.
And she noticed that most of the time she doesn’t even really want a sweet but it’s she’s on auto pilot looking for a little dessert.
This is not a craving.
This is simply a habit…
A shortcut her mind created so it doesn’t have to work thinking about what it wants and doesn’t want. Her brain is like, “Well, I usually eat sweets after dinner, so I’m just gonna assume I want a sweet now since I just finished dinner.”
In terms of eating better - this is low-hanging fruit.
And soooo easy to change.
Jason and I preach not resisting cravings - those super strong urges to eat something that you will obsess over until you have it anyway - because torturing yourself by trying not to give in to these is counter-productive, and will make you eat more in the long run.
But habits are another story.
By all means, if you notice yourself going for food you don’t really want “just ‘cause”, stop, and go do something else you enjoy.
It is very easy to train your brain to automatically go for something else.
And there is huge upside to this because most people waaaaaay underestimate the amount of food they consume, especially out of habit.
This alone can make a dramatic difference in your body and how you feel - without any struggle.
This is also great practice for changing other habits, because your brain and body start to catch on pretty quickly that you can easily make sustainable change to your eating habits.
And once you know this, it has a snowball effect, and you can change anything.
Kate (& Jason)