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What To Do The Next Time A Craving Hits by Veronica Grant – Make The World Move

Published: 3 Apr, 2015 | Article by Veronica Grant

Veronica GrantRemember how Dr. Pavlov’s dogs salivated when they heard the bell because they learned that the bell meant they were going to get food?

Well, we kinda do the same thing.

We don’t literally drool (well, maybe we do?), but we do encounter 1000s of bells a day that remind us food exists and we may want to eat it. These bells, or triggers, could be driving a certain way to work (such as going by your favorite bakery) talking to a coworker (that you always go to the break room with), seeing an ad {of something indulgent}, or even just turning on the TV (and you usually eat dinner in front of the TV).

While there are some common triggers, the key is to learn to recognize your triggers and be prepared.

So when a craving strikes, stop what you are doing, and ask yourself these 5 questions:

1. Where am I?

2. What time is it?

3. What just happened?

4. How do I feel?

5. Why do I think I want this?

Now, put it to work:

1. Fire up a Google doc and jot down the answers to the questions above next time you get a craving. Just words, phrases, and thoughts.

2. Keep track of your cravings in your Google doc.

3. Observe any patterns. Do this for a few days, and you’ll probably find that you crave similar foods at certain times or when you feel a certain way. Notice when food is filling a void. The longer you do this, the more apparent the patterns and triggers will be. (Boredom, habit, or loneliness are usual suspects.)

4. Be prepared. Are you eating food when you’re not really hungry? What can you replace the food with? Here are some ideas:

  • Sip herbal tea.
  • Fold laundry instead of snacking when you watch TV.
  • Go for a 10 minute walk around the block.
  • Chat with a coworker for a few minutes instead of snacking at your desk.

And finally, here’s the reality:

Sometimes you are hungry! The human body is more powerful than any computer, and it knows exactly what it needs and will do everything possible to get it. If you truly are hungry, don’t be afraid to eat!

Even if you want to eat something unhealthy, it’s usually better to eat that 1 cookie than to eat everything else in the house to avoid the thing you really want.

Veronica Grant is a regular contributor to Make The World Move. Sign up to our free newsletter so you never miss an article!

Veronica Grant
Veronica wants to live in a world where healthy is the guilty pleasure. As a weight loss + emotional eating expert, she empowers women to transform their relationship her food, body, and health so she can show up as her best self in work + life, 100% guilt free. When she’s not empowering, transforming, and guiding, you can find her indulging in her favorite guilty pleasure: a glass of Chardonnay + a good book. Her life’s latest work— Guilt to Guilty Pleasure Health Mentorship — hit the internet in early 2015. Discover how to indulge pleasurably + guilt free by joining the free Guilt to Guilty Pleasure 6-Day Challenge at
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