When we have food cravings, we try our best to ignore them. They’re bad, right? Or, are they? Cravings are actually our bodies’ way of talking to us. The trick is to figure out what it’s trying to say.

Resistance Is Futile

Ignoring your cravings or trying to fool your body into getting around your cravings is doing you a disservice in the long run. If you don’t give in to your craving and give your body what it wants, you’re more likely to overdo it later on.

Similarly, replacing the food you really want with a substitute might seem like a good idea, but you can’t fool yourself. That craving is going to come back and this time, your response might be out of your control.

Reprogram Your Thinking

Instead of thinking of foods in terms of good or bad. Start thinking of food as what it is: food. It’s neither good or bad. Different foods give your body different nutrients. That’s all! Next time you have a craving, try to figure out why your body might be craving that particular food.

What is contained in the food your craving that your body needs? What does that food represent? The reason you want that food may be nutritional or psychological. Figuring that out may be the key to giving your body and yourself what you really need.

Giving In

Experts say to go ahead and give in to your cravings. It’s better to give in a little bit now than to overdo it later. Even though you’re indulging, pay attention! If you’re craving the same food over and over, ask yourself why and get to the bottom of it.

The lesson here is to listen to your body and really enjoy your food. Eat it slowly and savor every morsel. Giving your body and your mind what it needs when it needs it will make you feel less deprived and lead to a healthier relationship with food.