Case in point, the other night I was sitting at home battling the urge to leave the cozy confines of my living room. It was like I was on a reconnaissance mission to get ice cream. Not just any ice cream, mind you, it had to be vanilla, and it had to be that certain brand I like. So, I was running an inventory in my mind of the stores closest to me that I knew had this particular brand, how late the store was open, and whether I could I get back in time to see who got the boot on Dancing With The Stars, when the doorbell rang.
Huh? Who’s ringing my doorbell at 9 o’clock at night? It wasn’t Denzel Washington, so does it really matter? The point is, I had to rectify a little situation which took me a good 10 or 15 minutes. (Ok, I left the lights on in my car – just another menopausal moment). But the interesting bit to this story is that I realized after returning to my condo that several minutes passed before I realized I had previously been pondering something very important – but what was it? Oh yeah, ice cream! Somehow, with the distraction, it’d lost much of its appeal and I ended up not going.
As if to solidify my own experience, scientists in the UK just completed a study which showed as little as 15 minutes of walking could take away food cravings. Even cravings for chocolate…the fiercest cravings of all!
An important note – cravings are different than hunger. It’s important to listen to our bodies and if you’re truly hungry, you should eat. Giving you permission to eat is critical to healthy weight loss , but acting out on a craving can be a knee jerk reaction to something else.
I wouldn’t recommend leaving your lights on, but a quick walk around the park just might do the trick.