Cravings

Cravings? I’ve got ’em. I crave a bite of something sweet and creamy while I cook. I crave chocolate and nuts. I crave sugar and butter and cream. Late at night I crave a sandwich.

Freud would say I have an oral fixation.

I used to smoke. I smoked cigarettes for 18 years.

And, can I just take a moment to marvel that I can say that I did something for 18 years!  And I haven’t even done it for almost a decade. That’s a weird circumstance to find oneself in.

OK, so, I’m not getting any younger and I used to smoke for a really long time. While I didn’t have trouble quitting – I quit once, made the decision to do it and did and never looked back – I do still have the physical urge for ritualized oral satisfaction.

Mind out of the gutter please! I’m being serious here.

I think part of my overeating problem is, in part, the fact that I love to prepare something tasty and sit down and eat it but not so much because I’m hungry, or I desire a particular taste. I believe one one hand I want my mouth to be doing something and on the other I want to be participating in a ritual.

Perhaps I need a soother. Or chewing gum.

For now, I carry around a mason jar filled with cold, clear water. I take a sip. I swirl it over my tongue and around my mouth and then I swallow. I take a deep breath and more on.

Nearly a decade on and I still have the physical urge to do something similar to smoking. How long will it take to alter this craving to eat extra stuff?

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One thought on “Cravings

  1. Drinking water, eating veggies, chewing gum, sucking on a peppermint, cleaning your kitchen, taking a walk, lifting your kettle bell. Learning to replace on habit with another better habit — a lot like quitting smoking.

    You can do it, lady! 🙂

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