You Can't Always Get What You Want

Just because you crave something doesn't mean you have to have it. It's good to practice self control. It's hard at first to resist temptations, but over time it does get easier.  Your willpower becomes stronger the more you use it, just like your muscles.

Right now I'm hungry, and for some reason a big sub sandwich sounds SO good to me...or even better, a big, fat cheeseburger! Oh yeah. Does that mean I'm going to go get a cheeseburger? No. I'd like a cheeseburger, but I don't need a cheeseburger.
When I go to the store and walk past the cereal, or the pop tarts, or the Doritos...the thought goes through my head, "Oh man, that looks so good. I wish I could eat that."  Does that mean that I buy it just because I want it? No. I walk right on by and don't even give a second glance.

After dinner sometimes(most of the time) I want a piece of chocolate....and sometimes I have one. But sometimes I try to practice self control. I don't need to have a piece of chocolate after dinner every night, even if it won't negatively affect my health or looks. I will be just fine without it, and I will be stronger for not giving in. By doing that, the cravings have less power over me. I simply think, "Nope,  don't need it" and walk away...and guess what? The craving goes away.
People seem to think that I'm like some super human who doesn't ever have cravings. Well, I'm normal, and I do-every day. I'm a junk food junkie at heart! There are some days when I think to myself, "I can't do this anymore. I'm tired of eating like this." (Which is usually only when I'm eating broccoli, or any vegetable for that matter!)

This is not to say that I don't ever slip up or give in to a craving. Sometimes I do, but it's rare, and when it happens, I'm completely fine with it and just move on with no guilt because I know it's not a regular occurrence. Over the years, I simply have found ways and strategies to help myself NOT give in to my cravings. And the more you get into the habit of eating healthy and not giving in to cravings, the easier it will become to turn them down!


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