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Dr. Leigh’s Nook: What About Cravings?


Written by Leigh Ettinger, MD, MS, Medical Advisor to Camp Shane

Certain, all of us get cravings.  What to do when that starvation hits and you’re tempted by the very meals you swore off?  I say take into consideration the seashore.  It’s time for one more analogy…..about water.

Visualize your self sitting on probably the most idyllic seashore possible.  You’re proper on the water’s edge.  It feels so good to have the waves wash over your toes.  The water is heat and soothing and the sand tickles somewhat.  The second……is…..excellent…..however then that second is gone.  You lengthy for the following wave to scrub over your toes.  THAT is a craving.  When the craving is happy there’s a second of delight that’s gone too quickly.  There would possibly even be unhappiness or guilt after the passage of that pleasurable wave.  You would possibly transfer additional into the water to expertise the enjoyment of larger waves however these pleasures fade too shortly additionally.   Watch out about going too deep!  For instance, the particular person hooked on medication might succumb as they search to fulfill larger and larger cravings.  An individual all the time wanting that extra prestigious automobile or that larger home might go too deep into debt attempting to fulfill these ever retreating materials wishes.

DO NOT FIGHT THE CRAVING.  Struggling towards that urge for that pleasure is about as efficient as attempting to push the wave again into the ocean.  There isn’t a hope of doing that.

The important thing to coping with that craving is to rise up and stroll away from the seashore.  Know that the idyllic seashore and people excellent waves are nonetheless there and can all the time be there.  Understand that sitting on the water’s edge won’t get you to your objectives.

What does this imply virtually?  Let’s say that you’ve got sworn off of donuts.  However, day-after-day, in your option to work your commute takes you previous a donut store.  And, most days you cease for a donut to feed that craving.  Your plan to simply preserve driving move isn’t working.  On this analogy you retain going again to the seashore to take a seat within the pleasure wave of a donut fueled sugar rush and your plan to drive previous the store has been as efficient as a plan to push a wave again into the ocean.  As an alternative, plot a special path to work that doesn’t take you close to the tempting donut store.  However that may take longer!  In all probability not longer than parking and ready in line for the donut.  However I work on the donut store!  Nicely, my buddy, it’s time for a brand new job, ideally not within the donut business.

Determine what’s triggering your cravings and make the mandatory modifications in order that the set off isn’t there to tempt you within the first place.  There’s then no have to battle the craving, i.e. you will have left the seashore.  Do you crave a bowl of ice cream as you sit down to observe your favourite present within the night as a result of that’s what you will have been doing for years?  Then file the present.  Watch it or stream it at another time or place, like on the health club or at a buddy’s place or within the park or on the bus.  Go to mattress early and get up early to observe the present very first thing within the morning so that you don’t encounter a ruinous spoiler as you go about your day.  Creating new routines can break previous habits and do away with the related cravings.  Use the Camp Shane expertise as a reset in your routines.  While you return house strive to not slip again into these previous habits however reasonably consider inventive methods to make new routines that keep away from triggers.

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