Weight and Learn

A stay-at-home mom learning how to be happy and healthy.

Posted by Tammy On October - 16 - 2009

Dr. Oz Show LogoI was watching Dr. Oz yesterday and he spoke quickly about the four cravings our brains feel. Sleep, sex, water and food. He said that cravings can last up to 15 minutes and there are two ways to deal with them. Either distract yourself and the craving will pass or give your body a little of what it craves in an alternate form. For example, if your craving salt, eat popcorn instead of chips. If your craving chocolate, have a fat-free chocolate pudding cup instead of a chocolate bar. The biggest mistake that people make when they have a craving is to give in right away. Dr. Oz suggested focusing on what you were feeling prior to the craving and you might figure out what caused the trigger.

Last night after the kids were asleep, I was watching The Vampire Diaries and craving peanut butter toast. I wasn’t hungry but all I could think about was running to the kitchen to toast an english muffin and slathering it with peanut butter. Instead of giving in I decided to wait and see if the craving would pass like Dr. Oz said. I realized that I was feeling alone because my husband wasn’t home and usually we would be watching TV together on a Thursday night, although it wouldn’t be The Vampire Diaries. The next thing I knew almost an hour had passed and the craving had past too. I went to bed feeling proud of myself for ending a not so great food day on a good note.

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