I love chocolate.
I imagine it’s safe to assume that I’m not the only chocolate lover around here.
I mean, there are days when I can literally hear the dark chocolate bark (the one with just the right amount of almonds) calling me from the health food store down the street.
“Sean, come eat me. Come eat me NOW!”
Next thing I know, I’m standing in line, chocolate in one hand and a $5 bill in the other, itching to tear open the packaging and devour nearly all of it before I even make it back home.
Maybe chocolate doesn’t have the same effect on you. Maybe it’s pastries, pizza, mac & cheese, bean burritos, whatever.
No, I’m not saying that indulging in not-so-healthy foods from time to time is necessarily a “bad thing”. You gotta live, right?
Nor am I saying that dark chocolate is really all that bad, either. Rather, it’s the almost undeniable craving that doesn’t loosen up until it’s fulfilled.
According to Alexandra Jamieson, author of Women, Food, and Desire and this week’s podcast guest, food cravings have four root causes. They can be bacterial, nutritional, physical, and emotional.
Mine are emotional. Definitely emotional.
And when Alex and I hopped on Skype to record her interview, I jumped at the opportunity to turn it into my own chocolate therapy session — getting to the emotional roots of my habit.
We also covered:
3:54 – The one question you must answer for yourself to live a better life.
6:30 – How fear and habits could be holding you back.
12:02 – Why your desires will always come back to food – and how to use them to make better choices.
16:04 – The 4 root causes of all your cravings.
21:32 – Lose the guilt over physical and emotional cravings. It’s human nature!
24:19 -Transforming bad food habits into good ones. Hint: Try bathroom aerobics.
27:30 – How to tell if your cravings are really a problem or just a pleasure.
31:39 – Alex gets super honest about her personal life and the healing power of sharing her story.
37:20 – Dating and diets: it’s all about finding the right fit.
39:55 – Your diet: much more than what you put in your mouth.
41:24 – Why we need to get honest about what we need and how we want to feel.
44:30 – The no-win game of comparison and body hate and how to surround yourself with support for better health.
52:13 – How to use the power of food and desire to improve your relationships and your life – and have more fun while you do it.
I tell ya, I’ve been very happy with how open my recent guests have been about answering some of the personal questions I’ve been asking lately. In this podcast, both Alex and I get as open as it gets.
Click the PLAY button below to listen to this week’s interview.