Certain foods take root inside our emotional brain and become CRAVINGS
Just like my client Sabrina, our emotional brain connect these food cravings with moments of intense happiness and love.
We gather with friends or family around food.
In this way we fulfill our need for human interaction and connection and we associate it with the partaking of food.
The tastier the food, the more intense the emotion! That’s how certain cravings are formed.
And we crave these foods as a way (though unconscious) to re-create these emotions, to feel loved, and happy again.
Foods are the living photographs of happy moments.
Cravings are like looking through old photo albums.
In the same way that you wouldn’t take a photo album out of the hands of someone and snap it shut, you don’t want to shut down your cravings.
As a matter of fact, trying to shut down cravings through sheer willpower will have the opposite effect!
It will make you rebel and give in to these cravings even more.
For example you might eat 2 pieces of home-made apple pie instead of one!
That’s what happens when women deprive themselves with diets, only to gain the weight back and more once the diet is over.
So what’s the solution?
Create a healthier version of the foods you crave and enjoy them with your family and friends
Sabrina loved caja china, a Columbian dish that she related to her childhood experience of family gatherings and celebrations.
I asked her, “what is it that you like about this particular dish?”
She said, “the spices and the crispiness of the meat.”
For those of you who are not familiar with caja china, it’s a whole pork cooked in a roasting box with adobo spices.
So I looked up on the internet and found the spice formula for adobo: 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1 1/2 tsp onion powder, 2 tsp black pepper, 1 Tbsp paprika and 2 Tbsp salt