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How to Honor Your Cravings Without Feeling Guilty

How to Honor Your Cravings Without Feeling Guilty

If you struggle with your eating habits, the holidays can be challenging to get through. Here are tips on how to understand your body and giving yourself permission for your cravings.

 eating disordersAccording to an article at honouringappetite.wordpress.com, “Its OK to Give Yourself Permission to Have a Brownie”

“So what does “unconditional permission to eat” look like?

It looks like eating whatever your body craves. With Intuitive Eating it’s important to realize that it’s not just about honoring your hunger; it’s also about honoring your cravings. Your body knows what it needs. The diet mentality has tried to convince us otherwise. The truth is, though, we can trust our bodies. Like I keep saying over and over: your body’s only goal is self-preservation. It’s instinct. We know how to feed ourselves.

So where do cravings come in? Well my definition of a “craving” is something we desire for physical, psychological, or emotional reasons (or a combination of all the above).  But wait – where have we seen this list before? Oh, right, when we talk about holistic health. Get ready, because I’m about to blow every definition you’ve heard about “healthy eating” out of the water:

Healthy eating takes on the same principles as holistic health.

When we talk about what “is” or “isn’t” healthy in regards to food, we must be taking into consideration not only what is healthy for our physical selves, but for our psychological and emotional selves as well (spiritual is also often part of holistic health, but doesn’t apply as easily to food and eating).

Let me break it down for you – sometimes a salad is the healthiest thing for me to eat, and other times it is the least healthy. No one can deny vegetables are good for you. And I would be foolish to imply that. But sometimes “eating my greens” isn’t healthy. When you ask? Well when I’m eating them because I think I “should” while ignoring my true cravings. Or when I’m eating them in relation to body image issues or because I am trying to “make right” for some form of “diet crime” I feel I’ve committed.

The same goes for brownies. Sometimes eating a brownie is the healthiest thing for me because it means I have let go of the food police and my restrictive eating behaviors and am honoring my cravings. But when I’m having a bad day, I’m stressed, or feeling emotional, and I grab that bag of two-bite brownies and keep shoving them down until they’re gone and I’ve passed out into a chocolate coma? Well then they stop being such a “healthy” decision.

You see what I’m getting at? Two very different food types: salad and brownies – both healthy at times, and both unhealthy at times; it’s all about the why behind the eating, not so much the what.” To read the entire article click here.

For more information on eating disorders treatment and intuitive eating, contact Barbara Cox at 775-329-0505 or visit ABCNutritionServices.com.

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