Fighting Food Addicition: Dealing with Cravings

One of the hardest parts of dealing with food addiction is cravings; they can consume you, they are all you focus on and your body starts to physically react to not having what ever it wants – like a spoilt child throwing a temper tantrum.

For me when I get a craving I can’t think straight, there is no chance of me focusing on anything. My tummy starts grumbling and hurting like I haven’t eaten in days and I start to get hunger headaches – but I’m not hungry, normally I will have just eaten, it’s just my mind making my body play tricks on me.

They say it takes about 20 minutes for a craving to pass, but those 20 minutes are the longest you will ever experience. So how do you pass the time?

I’ve seen a number of recommendations:

  • Colouring / drawing
  • Writing down how you’re feeling
  • Reading
  • Going for a walk
  • Drinking water
  • Cleaning / organising
  • Doing a puzzle / crossword

Different things work for different people, and for different cravings, but when you’re suffering with Ed in your life you can’t substitute other food stuff in. For example:

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But with Ed you can’t give in, even if it’s something healthy, the above reasons are not why you are craving anything. It may have something to do with it but the chances are it’s just Ed trying to have his way.

Trying to be strict on cravings is one of the hardest things to do, but you just have to remember and accept that you’re going to feel worse before you get better. The cravings will pass, your body cannot keep fighting you forever.

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