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A Better Way To Respond to Cravings



A Better Way To Respond to Cravings
When I walk past the mural painted on the side of my local FoodFare, I often experience a very specific and compelling mental image: the silky underside of a Ritter Sport dark-chocolate-with-whole-hazelnuts bar. I've spent a lot of time admiring [...]


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Cravings and Indulgence

Cravings and Indulgence

Craving is a natural reaction to things we desire, and we generally react in two ways when we crave something:

  1. Resisting the pull: We take the uncomfortable option to resist the urge and kill our craving.
  2. Indulge: We give in to the craving, which has several costs: Money, Regret, Shame, and Indigestion, to name a few.

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    Responding To Craving

    The usual reaction of resisting or relenting to cravings can be replaced by awareness about the craving and approaching it with curiosity.

    Observe the body's reaction and the mind's tingle towards the thing that is craved and see if it lasts long if just left to itself. This diverts the mind's attention by engaging it in a curious self-analysis and makes us aware of the craving, helping us make adjustments in our routine, as we get to know the cycle of these sensory events.

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    It’s your ability to resolve conflicts between your short-term desires and your long-term goals.

    For example, successful self-control means sacrificing immediate pleasure (cookies a...

    Why self-control matters

    People who have high self-control aren’t missing out on enjoyment. Not being able to resist temptation and enjoying life are not the same things.

    They tend to eat in a healthily way, exercise more, sleep better, drink less alcohol, smoke fewer cigarettes, achieve higher grades at university, have more peaceful relationships, and are more financially secure.

    Biological limits to self-control

    Research showed that self-control is ultimately limited by our biology. We can’t exercise effortful self-control indefinitely – the brain has to do regular maintenance to remain functional.

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    Food cravings

    They are an intense desire for a specific food. This desire can seem uncontrollable, and the person's hunger may not be satisfied until they get that particular food. We usually feel cr...

    What causes food cravings

    • An imbalance or changes in hormones
    • Emotional issues (eating for comfort)
    • Nutritional deficiencies
    • Dehydration 

    How to reduce cravings

    • Lower stress levels: stress promotes cravings for comfort foods.
    • Drink plenty of water: Dehydration manifests itself as hunger, so when you get a craving, drink water.
    • Get enough sleep: not getting enough sleep alters the hormonal balance.
    • Eat enough protein.
    • Avoid hunger: under-eating can make food cravings worse.

    "Healthy: Dark Chocolate

    Mars Inc. - the company that has brought us M&M's or Snickers - sponsored 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers starting from the 80s. Mars controlled the research agenda and only funded the posi...

    Not really good for your health

    The biggest health claim is that cocoa lowers blood pressure, but no study has proven that it reduces the risk of heart disease or attacks. And considering the added sugars it probably does more harm than good.