Carl Jung says that what you resist persists. My coach and friend, Brandilyn Tebo says it, too.
And if I take a look at my history with food, it also rings true.
I used to always try to suppress my cravings for foods, especially carbohydrates (I was a self-proclaimed carbophobe).
But the more I tried to resist certain foods, the more my cravings for them persisted (and intensified).
When I was in the throes of my ED and wanted pasta, I would try to satisfy the craving with something else that I didn’t think would make me gain weight.
Obviously, I would be unsatisfied, so I’d go reaching for something else… AND still, I’d be unsatisfied, so I’d reach for something else until I was knee deep in a binge.
Now when I want pasta, I just eat pasta, enjoy the food and then I move on with my life.
I'd put a METAPHORICAL PERIOD after the experience.
Craving is satisfied so carving goes away.
No binge eating.
Just a satisfied, nourished and happy body.
Now this did take time, I had to practice habituation and unconditional permission to eat, but it truly works. I no longer day dream about fetticini alfredo.
I no long resist my cravings, so they do not persist.