And the word is “NEED!” I know, it’s cringe worthy, right? Nobody wants to talk about their needs, let alone speak them or advocate for them. I used to not even want people to know I had needs. I wanted to be strong, self reliant and live on air. Can you relate? People who crave deny their needs, but this too can change and it won’t make you a needy or obnoxious person.
After working with people over the years, I’ve found that behind every food craving is an unmet need. A craving is a signaling system for your unmet needs, either physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. I wrote a blog post where I suggest you Thank Your Food Cravings, because cravings are a way of letting you know something is amiss, so you can actually address it.
Side note: For this post, I’m referring to needs, but you could just as easily call it a desire, a want, a wish, etc. Does that make it less repulsive? It’s natural to have needs and desires, right? I desire to feel satisfied, I want to feel happy, a need is no different so get over the cringe so you can get what your heart desires.
Food cravings are kinda like a game of telephone. You know how it goes, the message starts out clear, and with each person who relays the message, it changes, until it’s almost unrecognizable.
In your body, the message can go like this: