I’m sure we have all had those moments of craving something sweet or salty or savoury. It feels like nothing would pleasure us more than satisfying that urge to indulge in what we may be craving in that moment. Whether it’s a reward, a treat for ourselves, or a way of coping when we may be feeling stressed or down, it’s often quite a powerful sensation and urge that may at times be difficult to simply ignore.
The problem with cravings is if we buy into them too often, they can take over our daily diet. The more we engage in those cravings, the more likely you are to find that you start to gain weight, realize you aren’t eating the nutritious diet you should be, and then secondary problems with mood, like guilt or shame, may arise.
Due to mindfulness’ popularity and our curiosity about the benefits it can provide, it did not surprise me to find that research has been undertaken to see the advantages it can provide to many areas of our life, including eating. Through my own research I have found information relating to the benefits of mindfulness in not only effectively reducing food cravings, but also helping to lose weight and find space from troublesome thoughts.
“The results showed that participants in the experimental group reported significantly lower cravings for food after the intervention compared to the control group. The findings are discussed in terms of possible mechanisms like prevention of goal frustration, disengagement of obsessive thinking and reduction of automatic relations between urge and reaction” (Alberts et al., 2010).
Check out this full article, to see all the details about what researchers have to say about using mindfulness to decrease food cravings.
Because of our expertise in Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as you may have noticed from previous posts, we have created an ACT for Mindful Eating course to help you work through eating related challenges, including cravings! For more information about our ACT for Mindful Eating course that starts this September, please contact Michelle Urbanc at 905-317-8890 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Alberts, H. et al. (2010, March 23). Coping with food cravings. Investigating the potential of a mindfulness-based intervention. Appetite, 2010 (199). DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2010.05.044