Monday, October 01, 2012

Liquid Cravings

Have you ever been going about your day and all of the sudden you need an immediate pick me up to get through the rest of  your day.  In most cases, this can be an innocent caffeine craving, simply to get more energy.  But how about those times where you NEED it, the "it" is so specific, you have to have it now, and cannot function without it. Food or drink is not the problem,  and most compulsive food cravings can be an indication that something within you is out of balance. Rather than acting on the cravings you can look into a different direction and see what your LIQUID food cravings could be trying to tell you. 

Liquid cravings, like coffee and soda, are filled with caffeine and sugar, or even artificially sweetened,  and could actually be a signal that you may feel discouraged, tired, or dissatisfied with your job.  This points to the inner lack we may feel that these beverages are drowning, but what we need is to find inspiration, take time to truly rest, hydrate with plenty of water, and rejuvenate yourself by connecting to your purpose.  

I had a client that lost her daughter and subsequently developed an addiction to Coca-Cola in the can (yes, that specific), after much inner healing we discovered that Coca-Cola reminded her of her daughter: the can was little, red and tasted sweet, which is what she felt when she was around her daughter.  Now that she was gone she unconsciously craved that feeling, therefore she drank a coke (repeatedly). Once we began to look into her association with how coca-cola made her feel, we began to see the huge (physical, mental, spiritual and emotional) gap that she had in her life. After much grieving and processing, she was  then ready for something new in her life that Coca-Cola couldn't fulfill.  So she began her conquest of figuring out this next stage of her life with herself.  She looked for things that inspired her, took relaxation courses, drank plenty of water and started to ask:  how can I give back, while I am still here?  She found her way and consequently found a more fulfilling life. 

Your purpose has to do with beginning an inner quest of connecting spiritually within. I can’t tell you what your purpose is, no one can.  It’s a complicated journey that only you have the power to fulfill.  Begin asking that question and getting quiet enough to hear the answer.  Begin to work with a Life Coach or mentor who can help you discover your purpose.   On the other hand, if you are thirstydrink water, not caffeinated dark colored beverages. If that is what you are grabbing for to quench a thirst, that’s an indication that you need to retrain yourself to drink more water, half your body weight in ounces.  

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Sweet cravings, like the desire for chocolate or donuts could be an indication that you are feeling insecure or tired.  Yes, the sugar can make you temporarily feel good, but the crash that follows shows it’s not a satisfying fix.  In this instance you may truly need to be nurtured and get true rest.  An example of feeling nurtured could be: cuddling up with a blanket, turning on some soft music and reading a book.  Or a rejuvenating solution to achieve true rest could be meditating or taking a nap.  The the goal is to begin practicing those new things when the craving surfaces instead of just impulsively acting on the craving. 

Salty cravings like chips or pretzels may be a sign that you feel tension and anxiety.  When you're in an anxious--negative emotional, mental and spiritual state you are probably going to experience a disconnection from feeling good.  It is not necessarily a physiological “lack of salt” but rather a craving for salty foods to subdue the tense and anxious feelings.  While the salty snack may seem satisfying at the moment, you’ll never truly be satisfied because the basic need may be to truly relax & feel satisfaction.  

Crunchy cravings like having a biscotti or overeating on nuts can hint to an inner frustration & irritation.  Crunchy foods help you act out your temporary emotional and mental release of frustration.  The act of chewing and cracking the food in your mouth can momentarily release the feeling of frustration, but the problem is that the second that the crunching stops—the frustration returns, which is why people go back to eat more and more.  Instead, crunchy cravings can be information that you are looking for self-fulfillment, approval, and pleasure.  Self-fulfillment could be anything that individually fills you up, I have heard people say painting a picture, doing their nails, or walking on the beach is fulfilling.  The goal is to find what fulfills you and then practice that instead of running to food. 

Creamy cravings like ice cream, puddings, custards, or even mashed potatoes have something in common besides milk.  Creamy foods are comforting because it returns us to our primal action of sucking and that makes us feel comforted and soothed. Craving these foods could possibly point to an inner discomfort with uncomfortable feelings & worrisome thoughts, which is the inner disruption going on inside (discomfort and/or worry) but not the need. The need is to comfort and sooth those thoughts and feelings by finding what soothes you.  Some examples might be to take a bath, give yourself a foot massage, or wear comfortable soft cozy clothing.

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