(Photo from Donut Day. It was one of the last glazed donuts I had.)
I used to have a rule that if I craved a food that wasn’t awesome for me for 3 days then I could give into the craving and eat it. Generally speaking, it worked out well for me because more often than not, I forgot about it.
The only times I didn’t follow this rule was when I was eating EVERYTHING else in sight because I wanted Doritos or peanut butter from the jar. Those days it makes sense to not wait because I’d eat 5x as many calories (estimated by me) than if I’d just given in in the first place.
I have weird cravings though: Turkey and Swiss on Rye with deli mustard, grape juice, Doritos, peanut butter on a spoon right out of the jar, bologna with swiss on a hard roll with mayo, stuffing with Worcestershire sauce, and even though I don’t like generally like ketchup, french fries with ketchup. That’s just to name a few.
You get the drift. Specific and sometimes weird cravings.
For the most part, I’ve managed to work my way away from being an emotional eater and often find myself unable to eat when I’m really upset. At that point it might seem like I’m eating my feelings by feeding them pasta, ice cream, and or smushed potatoes, but really the starches are helping calm my stomach from various acid related matters.
Cravings get tricky though when you have to avoid a major food component or additive. Gluten, I’m talking about you here. Jerk.
There are a lot of ways to swap out gluten filled foods for ones that I can have, but there have been a few that I’ve had to just say no to all together:
- Dunkin Donuts Glazed Donut. Hands down my favorite donut they make, it made me really sad a few weeks ago when I wanted one like whoa and couldn’t have one. This is one that I could maybe replace, but they’re like $6 at the store and I don’t deep fry in my house because it terrifies me. (Baked “cake” donuts are easy, it’s the puffy ones that are hard. I might try this on)
- Giant Salted Pretzel. You know the kind, soft in the middle, big flakes of salt on top that you dip in spicy mustard? LOVE them. I haven’t found or made a good replacement yet.
- Salami and roast beef mixed on an Italian sandwich roll. There should be provolone cheese, mayo, hot pepper relish, light onions and dressing on it. I can have everything except the bread – which is what makes the whole thing.
Sigh. Big sigh. What do you do about cravings? What’s the last thing you craved?