I read a great article in a magazine today. It was about Dr. Oz, and something he said really resonated with me.
"Cravings are driven by your mind, not actual hunger." Dr. Mehmet Oz
Of course, this is completely logical. Most everyone knows this. However, seeing it in black and white was powerful for me. He went on to say "This means that you don't need to eat to quell them. Instead, call a friend - this will distract you long enough for the craving to pass."
This is exactly what has been discussed in the support group I've been attending. Someone mentioned that a craving will typically pass in 15 minutes. You can choose to eat, (which may lead to overeating if you're a compulsive overeater) or you can choose to call a friend, write in a journal, exercise, or engage in some other healthy behavior.
The question is, what will I choose to do when cravings hit?