What should you do to try and reduce your cravings?
Today, I want to talk about a question I received through email: you mentioned eating suggestions to reduce cravings in a previous video. Can you elaborate on that a bit more?
First, let’s talk about cravings a little bit.
Cravings are more psychological rather than physical.
It’s more to do with the things you’ve left out in life or the things that have gone from your life.
You quit drinking and now you’re living sort of a big hole in your life that the alcohol used to fill, and it’s those holes that cause the cravings.
We’re sort of automatic beings.
We like to go through habitual behaviours, to do these things as automatically as possible.
That’s where all our habits come from.
It’s to get through the day as efficiently as possible.
So, you do this one thing and then another thing follows, and another thing follows and you don’t have to put too much time into thinking about it.
When you take something out of your life and try and change a behaviour, you’re having to consciously bring the habit up into the surface.
You’re having to extract that behaviour out of your life and you’re leaving a big gap that used to be filled by the habit.
You’ve then got to start thinking about how to fill that gap, what you will do with the time, your mind, your consciousness.
All these things take a toll because you can no longer do it subconsciously.
Your mind doesn’t like that.
Your mind feels discomfort with that.
The basis of cravings come from that.
Now, a lot of this refilling the holes, because you have to do a lot more thinking about this, you have to feed your brain better.
And, for me, for the human mind, the one thing it runs the best on is carbohydrates.
They are the body’s fuel.
So, you need to get good, clean, healthy carbohydrates into yourself.
Try and get whole foods like brown rice, brown pasta, beans, lentils, anything like that.
Another thing about cravings is that this is not like a diet.
When you go on a diet, you’re denying yourself a certain part of your food.
You’re restricting calories or doing something which has got to continue and you don’t really get used to it.
Once you lose the weight, a lot of people start eating the same foods as they were before.
The point I’m trying to make here is that the cravings is something your body is forever going to crave.
When you’re reducing calories, your body won’t get used to that.
Your stomach might shrink a little bit.
You will get used to it to a certain degree but in the long run, you still require food and a lot of the time, your body will go back to where it was before, the default feelings inside yourself.
With alcohol, it’s different because you don’t need alcohol to survive.
You need air to survive, you need water and food.
You don’t need alcohol.
Your body will gradually, as you go over time, that craving for alcohol will dissipate.
All you’re left with then are memories of what you used to do.
Old times when you were drinking or places.
I’ve done a video about this recently.
The cravings will disappear.
It depends on how long you’re into this.
If you’re into this 4 months and still getting cravings, there’s something wrong.
You’re still thinking about the old life.
You can’t be craving the alcohol anymore, it’s something in your life you’re craving.
You have to get a grip on that.
There’s no food that is going to stop that.
It’s all in your head.
Most of the stuff is going to be from the head.
That’s where you have to deal with them.
You have ask where the cravings are coming from and what you can do about them.
Like I say, you have to get the determination from yourself and why you’re not drinking anymore. Use those as the bases for every sort of thought.
Go back to the basics.
Why do you want to quit alcohol?
Make a video about yourself and go and look at the video.
Look at it after, whenever you’re feeling strong cravings.
It’s all going to be dealt with inside your brain.
That’s it for today.
IF YOU CORRECT YOUR MIND, THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WILL FALL INTO PLACE.
Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!