When it comes to cravings, putting yourself on a diet is a bit like trying to tame a toddler. Except that you are the toddler! You are endlessly trying to reason with what your body needs and what it wants.
Toddler you: “I wan’t a doughnut!!!”
Mature adult you that really, really wants to wear a size 10 again, or at least a 12: “No you don’t need a doughnut, you just had your lunch!!”
Toddler you: “Yes I do!!! I’m still hungry!!”
Mature adult you has a good idea, distract Toddler you and she might forget: “Why don’t we go for a walk?”
“No, I wan’t a doughnut!!! NOW!!!!”
“But you can’t, you are on a diet remember? Besides it’s not even time to eat yet. Busy yourself.”
“OK, eat a piece of fruit.”
You can feel yourself falling into the bottomless pit of cravings. The toddler is winning. You have started bargaining with yourself; maybe you could do more exercise to get the doughnut or maybe your could cut out half of your next meal? …. Your slipping …. Your falling …. Your driving to get a doughnut!
Diets are tough, we need to realise that we are not only losing weight, we are reprogramming our eating habits and our lives. Our inner toddler has a point, she hasn’t had a doughnut for a while and your body is not happy! But the focus of The Friendly Diet is to eat well and if you need to, its ok to include some cheats so your inner toddler feels she is being listened to too. For instance, I have found that if I have a container of chocolate treats that are already portioned out to go to, ie so a block of chocolate is broken up into 2 pieces lots then I have a little chocolate often, so a couple of pieces a day or a splurge might be 4 pieces and then factor the chocolate into the days eating, so you make room for small cheats and I have found that life or at least your diet will be easier. I think that after 1 week a diet gets tough but I am telling myself to hang in there and don’t sweat the mistakes.. as the slogan goes, carry on! T xx