About Controlling Cravings & Mind Over Matter
If it's forbidden, you usually want more. Evidently cravings are all in our minds...with the exception of iron, the one nutrient deficiency that is clearly associated with cravings. The strange thing is that instead of longing for iron-rich liver or spinach, people with severe iron deficiency tend to crave things like ice cubes, clay or even cement. This rare condition is called 'Pica'.
Dr. Marcia Pelchat, a researcher at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia explains, "Human food cravings tend to be more about satisfying emotional needs. Cravings tend to occur when your diet is restricted or boring, or when you know that you can't have something." Surprise, suprise! What about our cravings for attention, love, sex, drugs and rock-n-roll?
When we eat junk food to satisfy our cravings, we are taking that doomed path of least resistance, and then we are sabotoging the possibility of a happy, healthy, rich, rewarding existence. The key to controlling our selves is in getting past the need for instant gratification. It is indeed about mind over matter.
Mark Twain wrote, "The power which a man's imagination has over his body to heal it or make it sick is a force which none of us is born without. The first man had it; the last one will possess it." Our brains are amazingly capable of creating reality from suggestive thoughts. Mind over matter is the idea that the mind is more powerful than the body. Phantom pregnancies are a perfect example: In 300 B.C. Hippocrates recorded 12 cases of this phenomena, clinically termed pseudicyesis. A healthy example of our brain's amazing capabilities is in the Power of Positive Thinking.
Living a truly healthy life with balance, free of sickness, disease and the burden of excess weight, is within every person's grasp. To accomplish this we first need to understand and believe that we are what we eat. Eating a diet of fresh fruits and veggies will naturally lead us to optimal health and well-being, and our ideal body weight...period. When we crave sweets, reach out for a piece of fruit. When we crave fat, reach out for an avocado or a banana...something more substantial.
Notice how you feel, both mentally and physically, when you eat processed, unnatural, unhealthy food. Satisfying cravings with junk may provide very short-lived good feelings but it inevitably leads to feelings of unease and dissatisfaction. Eating junk only makes you feel worse in the long run. We are all capable of turning our lives around by making healthy, good choices ~ each time we reach out to satisfy a craving. It just has to start NOW.
If you have a problem controlling your cravings, here is a good article to help you start using your brain to change this bad habit: How to Avoid Comfort Eating and Beat Food Cravings.
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