What are cravings and how can you overcome them?

Cravings.  I believe we’ve all had them, and most of us have no idea where they come from or what to do when they come up.  Do you feel like your decision making process has been stolen and you are a prisoner to those immediate desires?  If so, you’re not alone.  Cravings are one of the most common yet misunderstood issues that come up with my clients.  In order to overcome our cravings, we must first understand them.  When your next craving pops up, follow my simple four step S.B.A.T. Model to create more awareness.

  1. When you first experiencing the craving, STOP and notice it.
  2. Know that you don’t have to give in to it…  and just BREATHE into this space.
  3. Focus on the craving in your body and ASK yourself what you are truly feeling in this moment.  True hunger?  Sadness? Anxiety?  Boredom?
  4. TRACE the feeling to its source.  Why am I feeling this way?

Food cravings are often just disguised emotions.  Once we know what we are truly feeling and why, we can apply compassion and reason in order to work ourselves out of that space.  Sometimes, you might still choose to eat the cookie, but now you’ll be doing so from a place of presence and awareness!

Love and Light!
xoxo!
Margaret

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