Think about the foods you crave. What are they? Pizza? Nachos? Candy? Or maybe fruit? Salad?
I was thinking about this while talking to one of my patients today. She is someone who has made some major changes -- she now follows a low-fat, mostly vegetarian diet. She also now exercises regularly. Her cholesterol numbers, as a result, look fabulous -- her total cholesterol dropped from 239 to 139, and her LDL (the so-called bad cholesterol) plummeted from 168 to 71.
She tells me that she feels better eating lighter, and she doesn't crave a lot of the heavier foods that she used to eat. She was surprised to find herself craving healthier items.
I can understand that from my own experience. While I once craved fast food, I now crave things like apples, strawberries, carrots with hummus, oatmeal, and even salad. Granted, I still enjoy a little bit of chocolate or ice cream occasionally. But those aren't regular staples of my diet.
If you are thinking about making changes to your diet, keep this in mind: As you make positive changes to your diet, you will feel good, and your body will crave the healthy foods that make you feel good.