How I Cured My Cravings With Psychology

Day 304/365: You CAN choose not eating that pizza slice…

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I’m in that crappy mood in which I’m not really happy with the way my body looks and especially feels. I’m having struggles sleeping well, which never happens to me, my mind is always racing, which it never did for months and months and my overall motivation is at 20% at best.

It usually stays above 70% even during a bad week.

And yes, I strongly believe it all goes back to food, what I ate in these last few months and the weight I managed to gain after the summer holiday. It’s all there, physically and mentally, and it does suck.

It sucks bad.

But in order for it to not suck, I first need to accept that I have a problem. Yes, I am overweight again and I am having really crappy problems because of it. It is hard as hell and I don’t know why I’m here all over again. But that’s a useless question now, as the important thing to do is to start to work on relieving the issues my stupidity is once again casuing me.

The Problem

One of my biggest issues when dealing with weight and the problems that derive from having too much of it is I can’t stop having cravings. I just get cravings and then I somehow go for them. I eat the pizza. I eat the chips. I drink the Pepsi. Why? Because I’m an idiot, of course.

Recently, I came up with a solution for this. Whenever I’m dealing with a craving, I simply think about it as a bad thought. Do you ever get bad thoughts? We all do, some more than others. The deal is, you can’t stop a bad thought. No matter how bad it is, you can do nothing to stop it. And then, you can’t do nothing about stopping him from coming back again. And again. And then again some more.

But you can choose how to react or respond to it.

The Solution

If you react to a bad thought, you’ll feel things like sadness, anxiety or anger. It’s normal because as soon as you engage with that thought, your mind takes over the body and makes you feel stuff you don’t want to feel. You end up feeling bad things because of a thought, a thing that can’t really hurt you.

Because it’s just a thought.

If instead, you choose to respond to your thought by simply taking it into consideration, noting it as being just what it is, a bad thought, and then moving on from there (and repeating the process if the thought comes back) you’re simply transcending the situation without any emotional involvement.

Sure, this is hard to manage at first, but with practice, you can literally choose to respond with noticing the thought and moving on with your life rather than reacting to it in unpleasant ways.

The Magical Phrase

I now simply apply this CBT technique for cravings. Who says my Psychology “studenting” is not paying off? Whenever I have a craving for sweets at night or for pizza at ungodly hours, I stop and say “this is just a craving. I don’t need food, I had a good, healthy and plentiful dinner. I’m full”

That’s it.

Applying this technique helped me reduce my calories intake a lot in the last two weeks. Combined with a little exercise, like parking the car 3 miles away from the office and walking that distance every day, this technique works for me like a charm. I’ve been able to lose almost 2 kilos in weeks, which is steady, maintainable progress.

So whenever you get a craving or a bad thought that’s stuck with you for days, notice it, let it ramble around and then let it go. It can’t do you no harm if you don’t engage with it, no matter how persistent it might be. Let it be, because that’s the only way you let yourself be.

My salad is here, so I’ll end this one now. Thanks for reading!

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