Well Betsy, I really think my cravings come from nowhere. Not always, but for the most part they happen when I'm happy, sad, bored, not bored(less frequently than bored but it still happens), when I'm stressed or not stressed...
I think so long as I can tell it's a craving and not hunger I don't really care too much where the craving is coming from. It's easier to ignore it if I know my body doesn't it need, it's just my mind that wants it. Then I can just watch it float away.
I'm also in the process of kicking sugar and grains. I think a lot of my cravings happen because of how often I consumed those things.
To Wannabeskinny, I eat breakfast between 10 and 12, lunch between 2-4 and dinner between 8-10. My schedule is crazy because I work full-time and am taking two college courses.
I hope to be a full-time student next semester.
But since going primal I've thrown the notion that I need to eat 3-6 small meals a day every 3-4 hours. It's bs as far as I'm concerned now. I'm eating when I'm hungry and stopping when I'm full. In fact, it's lunchtime right now and I'm not ravenous, because I waited until I was hungry to eat breakfast. I'll probably eat my lunch much closer to the time I get off work, which is closer to dinner and will hopefully leave me eating much less for dinner.
So getting to know a real hunger signal and a craving is pretty important right now for me. I just don't want to eat until I'm hungry, but with so many years of either eating all day or eating at planned times I've found it's a little more difficult than expected.
But I think I'm getting the hang of it.