Are you being controlled by intense hunger? Would you like to reset it so you can lose or manage your weight? Then this guest post by Jocelyn Anne will certainly help! Check out her ingenious, simple approach to getting your cravings and portions under control.
While you will never, never, never (it’s sometimes okay to say never!) find me complaining about the variety and selection that we have for food at our fingertips in this day and age, I will say that sometimes it can be our downfall.
I love food just as much (or more) than the next person. I struggle with portions; I get excited about planning my dinner somewhere around 10:00 in the morning and I find great satisfaction and enjoyment perusing the market and finding new vegetables, new grains and new treats that I’m sure to fall in love with. BUT.
I have also been in the place when I’m too excited about food. Too anxious to try too many new things. It’s so easy to do – especially following any type of caloric deprivation. Our mind and body suddenly become obsessed with taking in all that possibly can before we cut off the supply again.
If you’re in this spot or this sounds at all familiar to you (I know how frustrating it can be), I have a new approach for you.
We all know how powerful the mind is, and how easily it can get carried away. It can think we need variety, it can think we need more in terms of quantity, and when it gets freedom in either one of those, sometimes it’s pretty tough to rein it back in.
My favorite way to curb this intense desire for more and more and for different, bigger and better is to revert back to just one “safe” base food. Pick one food that’s rich in nutrients, covers your basic needs, including carbs, fats and protein and then limit yourself to eating just that and that only for a few days.
You will be amazed at how quickly your intense desire for too much food is curbed and how quickly it becomes very unimportant that you eat your latest craving or newest favorite food at every meal and in between too. You will find your thoughts towards food greatly diminishing and that intense excitement-shaking-I-can’t-wait-to-eat feeling drastically diminished, if not wiped out all together.
You may be worried that you’ll just be reinstating the same pattern that the food deprivation caused, but lack of food versus lack of variety in food are two very different things. When you are not feeling the pangs of starvation, which you shouldn’t be with this approach, switching over to a more balanced diet has never proven to be an issue for me. I’m not saying that this works for everyone, but it has always worked without fail for me.
When there’s only one thing coming and your body knows that you will feed it until it’s satisfied (and you’re unlikely to over eat because it’s not all that exciting), your mind will relax. It will stop thinking food 24-7, your stomach will adjust to normal amounts of food coming in again, and your metabolism will gently bring itself back into its normal state.
I love to ease myself back into normal eating after a diet or detox with this method, just as much as I love it when I find myself constantly hungry or constantly obsessed with food for no logical reason. It happens, we all have those periods where suddenly we feel intense hunger all the time. And, rather than wait it out miserably, feeling hungry, or worse still, eating and indulging when our body doesn’t need it and feeling pangs of guilt or regret afterwards, this method is there to kick in and calms the mind.
Need somewhere to start?
Pick a food you like but that doesn’t make you dream about it all day and night and one that, of course, has the nutrients and building blocks to sustain you. By “food” I don’t necessarily mean that it can only be one ingredient, but do make it basic. It could be poached eggs & whole wheat bread (cut the butter – fat triggers cravings).
My very favorite option? I love to make wholegrain flaxseed pancakes with protein powder and eat strictly those. They’re high in fiber, protein and have carbs for energy too; plus, they freeze very well so they’re easy to make ahead and take with me wherever I go.
Other good options might be Greek yogurt, a protein smoothie or perhaps even a vegetable soup.
About the Author
Author Jocelyn Anne is a freelance writer dedicated to promoting healthier living and eating. She frequently writes about eco-friendly options and is currently writing about using an eco-friendly portable air conditioner to stay cooler at night and promote calorie burning.
Wow, what a great idea, Jocelyn! I can’t wait to try this out. If you were to try this method, what’s YOUR “base food”?