There is such a dramatic contrast between being somewhat at peace with food and being tortured by cravings. When I'm at peace with food, I'm typically not as stressed, I'm happier, I'm not consumed with thoughts about food, I can concentrate on life rather than being completely occupied by thoughts of sugary, fat filled junk.
Since this is obviously preferable to the alternative, why do I make choices that will lead me to the hellish path of obsession? Why do I allow that first bite of refined sugar or high fat empty calories into my body?
It took a few days, but I'm back to a pretty good place. The place where I'm very content with my healthy eating, I don't think about food all day, and I'm exercising. Yes, I still think about trigger foods occasionally. I might even long for some of those foods if I see them. However, they don't occupy my thoughts and become an obsession.
Note to self: staying on a healthy path is rewarding. Food is not a reward.