As a kid, I remember not being able to stop eating bread, pizza, pasta, and cookies.
Three baskets of rolls or garlic knots before dinner? A whole box of Deluxe Chips Ahoy? Eight slices of pizza? No problem. I didn’t even gain weight during those years.
I didn’t know it at the time, but there was a biological reason that carbs were so addictive for me. It’s simple: your body is wired to crave sugar.
Fast forward to my twenties, and more of exactly the same continued. Except now I was able to order a whole pizza whenever I wanted to, including at three o’clock in the morning, after drinking plenty of beer.
Well, one thing was different. My body couldn’t take it anymore, and I gained a lot of weight.
The more I practiced the habit of carb binging, the deeper it became a part of my personality.
You form an emotional attachment to the foods you repetitively eat thousands of times over the course of your life. In my opinion this is more difficult to resist than the biological one, and I’ll explain why.
In my thirties I did go through a nutritional reset, became gluten-free, and lost the weight.
But, even though I’ve had ten years of practice managing my carb cravings, they are still here, and they probably will never go away.
In fact, I still regularly will eat an entire pound of gluten-free pasta in one sitting.
So, what can we ‘do’ about this? How can we ‘get rid’ of our cravings?
It might be possible that you cannot, and, that that is OK.
This is a very simple statement but, let’s not pass over that too quickly.
It might be possible that you will not ever ‘get rid’ of your cravings, and that is totally OK, which means that you should not be beating yourself up about having them, not one bit.
Instead, it’s much more practical, once you have realized that you are not a bad person for craving [whatever food or drink you crave], to look for healthy ways to manage them.
After awareness, such techniques might include reasonable portionining, upgraded versions, mindful chewing, identifying triggers, change in environment, scheduling, and many other things.
There’s plenty you can do to help yourself with cravings.
Being really hard on yourself about them should not be one of them.