Craving chocolate … 🍫
We all have cravings for certain foods or drinks at certain times. It may be for chocolate, biscuits, cheese, toast, wine – etc, whatever it is it’s usually perceived as a “bad” food.
If you’re trying to lose fat/weight then when a chocolate craving hits you may avoid it at all costs. Why? because it’s “bad”. It’s not a snack packed with protein or fats, or vitamins or all those things we know we should be eating. It’s full of sugar (omg!) so it is definitely evil and must be avoided at all costs…..So you avoid it and have some fruit and a yoghurt (because they’re ‘good’)… but that doesn’t really cut it…. So then you have a nakd bar (fruit and nuts so that’s ‘good’ too!)… but you’re still craving chocolate… so you end up eating the chocolate anyway. None of those snacks are an issue and in fact they’re all delicious but you didn’t want them – you wanted chocolate… and now you’ve ended up eating almost 600 calories.
Instead, if you are craving chocolate then just have it! You don’t need to earn it. You don’t need to justify it. Not every item of food you eat needs to be packed with vitamins, protein etc. If you have a balanced diet overall then it’s absolutely fine to have some foods in your diet that aren’t nutritionally great but that give you pleasure!
Funnily enough, the more you label foods as ‘bad’ and try to avoid these foods, the more power and the more the craving you’ll have for them. When you enjoy the foods you crave or want to eat without guilt, they begin to lose their power over you and your urge to overeat them diminishes. Over time, you’re able to eat anything, without eating everything.
Chances are that in most cases if you enjoy that chocolate for your snack, factor it into your day’s calories, then you won’t feel the need to inhale a giant bar later that day or eat loads of other things you didn’t actually want. So rather than creating rules about foods that are good or bad, try to view all foods as things you can have – in moderation.