Your grown daughter texts that she’s getting divorced. You reach for the chocolate chip cookies. You get a promotion at work — and pour an extra glass of wine that night. Or you’re just not feeling on top of your game and potato chips and dip are always so comforting. We all know a little something about cravings and addictions, especially when it comes to what we eat.
Jeanette Bronée teaches people how to shift their understanding of nourishment so they can learn how to love what and how they eat. She brings together nutritional knowledge with mindful eating and an effective method for changing habits. Here she shares a few of her insights on working with cravings and addictions.
* Sweetness Options
We often use sweetness to either get energy or to self-soothe in a moment of feeling challenged. It can sometimes become a way to escape from the world. By paying attention, we can learn to make better choices — satisfying our desire for sweetness instead of automatically responding to unconscious cravings.
When you are craving sweetness:
- A baked sweet potato can be very satisfying and nourishing
- A sweet tea such as licorice and mint is a lovely way to self-soothe after a stressful day
- Consider a simple teaspoon of honey instead of the cookie
Sweetness doesn’t come only in the form of food — experiment with gestures of self-care and generosity to discover ways to bring more sweetness into your life .