In the last few weeks I’ve realized the difference between craving food and actually being hungry. and I’ve also noticed just how drastically different those feelings are.
With cravings, the pull toward food is soooo much stronger than my willpower. It seems almost impossible to be strong enough to overcome it. “Cheese? Get it in my mouth.” “Chips and dip? I might even go to the store to buy some.” “Chocolate? Simply. Must. Have. Immediately.” I’ve literally thought and felt each of those at one time or another.
A few times I’ve even packed a healthy lunch for myself to eat at work but my craving for, say, Mexican food was so strong that I’d leave my food in the fridge and instead go get some. True story, bro.
Sure, I was officially “dieting” during that time if anyone asked, but really only watched what i ate when it was convenient. I was driven by my cravings. It’s funny how infrequently I told myself “no”. Well, it’s not really funny, seeing as I gained quite a bit of weight. It’s actually really sad.
Obviously making the decision to treat yourself better by nourishing your body with healthy foods and exercise is NOT an easy one. It’s logical, of course, but never easy. Even when shoveling another chip into my mouth id frequently think “Enjoy it, M. This is the last time we do this kind of snacking.” But it wasn’t.
However, it was only once I connected with my desire to have a healthy beautiful body few weeks ago that I really noticed how often I would normally give into my cravings.
The first week of not giving into my cravings was challenging. Not impossibly hard but still tough. I just kept telling myself “Summer. Bikini. Birthday. Wedding in the next couple years. Be strong.” And that worked, at first. But it was really the decision to go Paleo that helped me have the continued strength to day “no thanks” as the days wore on.
By going Paleo, my cravings were severely reduced. To be specific: I have almost completely stopped having them at all. I don’t know the science behind exactly why this happened, but after only about a week of being strong with myself and saying “no thanks” to snacks, it suddenly got easier. I wasn’t craving the foods I was used to craving. Like… Ever.
Without the distraction of my cravings driving my food intake, I’ve really been able to pay attention to hunger in my body: when I’m hungry, how much food I require to feel satiated, etc. It’s been a real eye opening experience, to be honest, and I’m extremely happy with the results in my body so far.
Onward and upward (but not on the scale)!