Living Lightly Tip No.05 – Crush the Cravings & Urges

Do you get cravings or an urge to snack like when sitting and watching TV?

When an urge to overeat takes over like a moth to light, here’s what you can do to circumvent the unwanted indulgence.

A strategy I’d heard years ago was that an urge lasts 2 minutes.

I can easily manage two minutes I thought, and it worked! I quit smoking years ago and it also keeps the urges at bay.

When giving into an urge or craving is a well practiced habit, you want to interrupt the unwanted habit by moving your body and changing your state of mind by doing something different.

I knew I could easily go do something simple for 2 minutes until the urge passed, like get up and go brush my teeth. Or have a glass of water. Or do a few sit-ups.

Practice interrupting your cravings and rewire your brain with a better behaviour.

So which action will you choose to manage your next craving or urge?

 

Choice Points

Each decision you make about food is a choice point; are you gliding closer toward or consistently backing away from your naturally slim goal?

For example, you’ve worked a few hours and need a break.  You feel that urge to eat a carb or sweet. Do you?

You’ve brought lunch to work but a fast food out would be so much more satisfying right now.

Or you’re done dinner for the evening and about to take a break in front of the TV, but you feel that urge to nibble. More carbs?

And are you even really hungry?

I’ve noticed when I’d take a short break from work outside of lunch hour, it was to fill in the time during the break and reward myself.

Or in the evening in front of the TV it was either for comfort or a treat after a long day.

Each choice is moving away from what you want, or it moves you closer to living lighter.

So ask yourself, “Do I want the snack now?” Stop.

Or do I want to wear shorts this summer? What’s the bigger picture, your bigger why?

But summer is awhile yet. So I’ll just have this snack now. This time.

If you stop at snack now, it’s likely an old habit that you’ve got well wired in. I mean if you’re really hungry and you already feel good in shorts, no biggie.

But if you do want to lose that excess weight and the old habitual habit is firing, it’s time to update the old fat thinking. You can rewire it by gliding past the food choice towards your real goal!

When you get the food-thought, actually replace the picture of the food-thought.

Imagine instead seeing yourself in shorts with greater confidence this summer, loudly declaring with a good fist pump to the sky, “Hell Yeah!”

To make a strong slim thinking connection, practice this each time you think of the old snack urge. Cancel it by replacing it with the new slim thought! Make it a big bright fun thought!

So where’s your “hell yeah”? On the beach? With friends?

Doesn’t that feel so much lighter now? Hell yeah!