Here’s a story I just heard recently about surprise cravings. A man began by telling his story about walking in the park …
“I just walked parked and had no sweet tooth. Yet then I saw an image of a “Philly Cheesesteak!”
“The weird thing is … I don’t even want the Philly Cheesesteak, but Cheesesteak sounds like Cheesecake and all I want is Cheesecake now!!!!”
If you are experiencing surprise cravings then please read on. This article covers:
- How to tell the difference between cravings and hunger
- Simple trick of thinking “head” hunger versus “belly” hunger
- Why listening to your hunger is like becoming a music conductor
In case you are short on time, I will condense the biggest lessons here:
1 – You Are Not Eating Enough Nutrient Dense Food – the biggest culprit of sugar cravings is pretty simple to understand. You’re not eating enough nutrient dense food and are vulnerable to sugar marketing messages because you’re either hungry or craving nutrients
2 – Sugar Is Temporarily Covering Up Your Nutritional And Emotional Needs – it’s easy to get sugar attacks if you are in a habit of using sugar to cope with stress. Sugar gives you a temporarily relief from having to take responsibility to meet your needs
3 – Sugar Is Giving You Rewards, But You Don’t Know What Those Rewards Are – if you are getting sugar attacks out of the blue, it’s because you do not understand the benefits that sugar is giving you. Sugar is giving you tremendous benefits – like stress relief, giving your mind a break, excitement if you’re bored, etc. Until you get clear on the benefits that sugar is giving you, you won’t understand why the sugar attacks happen.
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There are many reasons you are cravings sweets all of a sudden.
But the key is to realize “suddenly”.
Cravings can arise almost instantaneously. When cravings arise instantaneously, cravings can feel like hunger.
Many people get confused. They feel a craving and think they are hungry.
Many times this confusion leads to feeling bloated, uncomfortably full, and guilty.
So how do you tell the difference between Real Hunger versus Cravings (or False Hunger)?
Well, one key indicator is thinking about how quickly you got ‘hungry’.
If you got hungry instantly, this is a sign you’re experiencing false hunger, or a craving.
You might have seen a billboard with the image of a twinkie and now you just want to binge a twinkie.
Maybe you are like my friend, who saw an image of something, but then got triggered into wanting something else.
Whatever the case is …
A really important sign is noticing how quickly you became hungry.
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The simple advice I gave was …
Where is your hunger coming from? Your head or your belly?
The man who was craving Cheesecake put his hands up to his head.
“All around here,” he said, “I am seeing images of cheesecake and I can even smell and taste the cheesecake. It’s all I can think of right now!”
I told him this is a classic example of “head” hunger.
This is where you are experiencing the feelings, sensations, images, etc of “hunger” in your head.
It feels like hunger.
Tis’ false hunger. You are feeling a craving disguised as hunger. It’s not real.
If you ‘follow’ this sign of hunger you’ll regret it. You’ll end up feeling guilty or eating too much.
Especially if this ‘head hunger’ came on instantly.
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I asked him to feel his belly hunger, to see if there was any.
He said he couldn’t tell.
He wasn’t sure if he was hungry, full, or in between.
So I said, that’s okay.
You are learning to listen to your belly. Eventually you will be able to discern different ‘sounds of hunger.’
Like a music conductor.
A music conductor can hear all the instruments playing. The clarinets, even the soft flutes.
The analogy to hunger is that you will be able to hear the ‘gentle’ sounds of hunger.
Not just the loud sounds of ‘bloated’ or ‘starving’.
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If you’re curious about getting over cravings and getting back in control of food, be sure to check out my 3 month program to stop binge eating.
The program is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
CBT is considered the first line treatment option for Binge Eating Disorder.
Perhaps the best part about CBT is simplicity! You basically just keep an Awareness Journal around food.
Not a calorie journal or weight diary, but where you record your thoughts and emotions around food.
Have you ever recorded your thoughts around food?
While most people have logged food, calories or weight … usually recording thoughts is a new and refreshing change of pace where you actually get results too!
I’d encourage you to quickly google Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for yourself because CBT is simple and really works!
For example, you can see this woman here who binged for 40 years and then stopped in a few months with CBT strategies.
Get more details here if you’d like to learn more about the 3 month binge eating treatment program.