The piece of chocolate cake is luring me into the kitchen with whispers of forbidden delight. The potato chips are inviting me to a private crunch and munch party.
Food cravings or temptations are a real part of life.
How do we cope? What do we do?
The first thing we need to know is that a food craving generally lasts 3 to 10 minutes and then it subsides?
That is an interesting fact that can impact how we deal with a craving.
We can outlast the craving and win!
Here are some strategies to help us not cave in to the craving.
- 1. Don’t give in right away
- 2. Leave the scene. Get away from the tempting food
- 3. Go for a walk
- 4. Play a game on your phone
- 5. Chew gum
- 6. Call or text an accountability buddy
- 7. Check out Pinterest or Facebook
- 8. Read a book or watch TV
- 9. Believe you can beat this craving
- 10. Pray
Sometimes we want to give into the craving because this healthy lifestyle seems to hard.
I heard a good story that gave some insight into our struggles with cravings.
A recovering alcoholic was having a really rough night. The old craving for a drink was overwhelming.
He called a friend who knew that temptation.
He said, “I don’t know if I can do this for the rest of my life? It’s just too hard”.
His good friend said, “don’t take that drink tonight’. Don’t think about the rest of your life. Think about just right now”.
They talked and prayed together. He went to bed and slept well.
The next morning he realized he had beaten the craving!
Let’s use that same thinking when we have a craving.
“Just for today I won’t eat the cake. I can do it!”
“Just for today I won’t eat the potato chips. I can do it!”
When we pay attention to just right now we feel like this healthy lifestyle is doable.