Jun 7, 2016
When you hear the word, “craving,” what comes to mind?
It might be a feeling or an itch, that if left unscratched, will eventually take on a life of it's own.
What we now know is that cravings can be unnatural or natural depending on the manipulator that creates it based on satisfying our deepest physical and social needs.
This week on Wellness Force Radio, Holistic Health Coach Kevin Geary of Rebooted Body shares how we can identify our "manipulators" to then stop using superficial cravings as a means of instant gratification.
Do you crave a McDonald’s Big Mac or a large ice cream sundae after a long day? Or maybe a large glass of ice cold water in the summer?
Some cravings are natural and healthy; our body's voice that has spoken to us for Millenia to support health, vitality, and satisfy our soul.
But having a sugary smoothie will not help us satisfy what we are truly missing from our lives.
What we really crave are physical and social factors such as energy, acceptance, and a life purpose. It’s never too late to begin taking a closer look at yourself and discover what you’re truly craving in your life.
When we take time to figure out our stress factors and what we crave, we can get to a place of self-acceptance and feel satisfied with ourselves. When we really look deep inside ourselves, we can find fulfillment and finally get the fit life that we want.
A craving is something that is a human need for a specific purpose such as survival; to be happy; or other core human needs.
A superficial craving is more of a desire such as a desire for a cup of hot coffee in the morning or something sweet as an afternoon snack.
When we can’t satisfy real human cravings, it can increase our superficial cravings and bring on a great deal of stress so that we easily turn to different coping mechanisms such as eating unhealthy foods.
Human cravings that we need to satisfy to end superficial cravings can include:
All of us have very different backgrounds that involve stressors and factors that keep us from reaching our health and fitness goals.
These are referred to as BioPsychoSocial Manipulators. One specific manipulator is perfection. If we feel the need to have specific meal plans, workouts, and other specialized plans to reach fitness and body success, this need for perfection can actually have a negative effect on ourselves both physically and emotionally.
If we’re perfectionists and we end up not following a specific diet, we would feel bad if we eat something that’s not part of the meal plan.
If we didn’t do every set in a workout, or if we didn’t meet a weight goal by the summer, we’d be negative towards ourselves and get nowhere in the end.
BioPsychoSocial Manipulators such as perfection are distractions that keep us from reaching our goals in a positive manner. Other BioPsychoSocial Manipulators can include:
The Fitness Industry likes to tell us that we need to look a certain way or we need to be a specific pants size to be healthy.
Therefore, we set up goals for ourselves based on that idea and force ourselves workout everyday or only eat salads for a month because we think it will get us to our fitness goals. But if you’re using willpower and forcing yourself to do a workout or diet that you don’t like, then you are more likely to fail than to succeed.
Willpower is a manipulator and it’s keeping you from reaching your goals and has no means to help you reach them in a much more positive means of fitness. Instead of having willpower, what you need to do is to question yourself “Why?”.
Why do you want to set a fitness goal? Why do you have this intention to eat healthy? If you have a massive why instead of a superficial why that’s been given to you by the Fitness Industry, then you’re going to be able to overcome your obstacles and get to your goal.
Kevin Geary is the founder of RebootedBody.com and host of the Rebooted Body Podcast. He helps men and women finally get a body and life they love with his unique blend of real food nutrition, functional fitness, and behavior psychology. He currently has clients in over 30 countries around the world and is dedicated to the mission of changing the landscape of human health. Rebooted Body is here to help you answer the main question, “Why can’t I consistently align my behavior with my good intentions?”Kevin himself has gone through a life and body transformation from being 220 pounds and borderline diabetic with high blood pressure. After experiencing different yo-yo diets and forcing himself to cut calories and eat only certain foods, Kevin realized that there has to be a better, positive way to lose weight by creating a relationship with yourself, food, and fitness.
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