Erin Lanahan Method

Signature method to get fit from the inside out!

Nutrition Tuesday- “Be Aware” September 22, 2009

When we are kids we learn to eat for comfort, celebration, happiness, as a reward, or something to sooth our pain.

Do you struggle with cravings? Do you ever find yourself over eating? Or maybe you stick to a certain diet for a good while, but then find it impossible to keep going and remain fulfilled longer than 3 or 4 months. Well, there is a reason for these things. I wanted to bring this to your attention because I am hoping to bring you some awareness about why you do what you do.

You see, if you are suffering from major cravings you cannot seem to curb, or over eating, or get burnt out nutritionally from any one specific diet you’re on too long, then you are most likely entering a transformative place in your life. There are our primary foods, and our secondary foods. Primary food includes, career, relationships, spirituality, and exercise. Secondary food is actual food. However, if we are not fed first and foremost by our primary food, we may feel hungry for something all the time, until such time we get that void filled. A lot of people confuse the hunger for a primary food or foods for being a craving for a secondary food. This is a big problem, because secondary food cannot and will not EVER fill the needs we have for primary food.

Therefore I encourage you to start asking yourself questions. When you feel hungry, try drinking some water. If you are craving sugar, try eating a piece of fruit. If these things don’t help, most likely you are emotionally hungry and should really begin the search for what primary food your soul is craving. Otherwise you may over eat or jump from diet to diet. Also, when you feel like eating something unhealthy, pause first. Maybe go and meditate for 5 minutes, and then re-assess. It’s important to differentiate where your hunger is coming from so you can be aware of it and know a better approach to satisfying what’s really going on in your body.

Please let me know if this resonates with you. This is really just a glimpse into cravings and hunger and why our minds get to thinking we are hungry for the wrong things. I welcome any questions or comments you have for me here on the blog. Here’s To Your Health!!!

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