Not sure if this is the right place to post this or not, so please forgive me if I am in the wrong spot.
I am having awful food cravings the last few days, and have given into many of them. I have been mostly sugar and wheat free now for about 9 months, eat mainly whole and Mediterranean foods, lift weights, practice yoga, and have lost about 35 lbs. Physically, I feel great. Since the weekend though, I have had brutal food cravings and have given into some of them. Sat I had birthday cake at work, either Sun or Mon I had a frosty, Tuesday I had birthday cake and chocolate, and today had some steamed dumplings. I just want to go off and gorge on ice cream and cake. It is the first time that food urges have really hit me since I started following a more healthy lifestyle.
I don't begrudge myself having something once in a while, but the level I am craving right now is huge and I am not sure what to do to deal with it. Have other folks gone through this? If so, what have you done to overcome the food urges? It feels the same way as when I first quit smoking, and used to want to go off and smoke. It is almost impossible to fend off. After I am done typing this in, I am going to go make a smoothie with protein, a banana, and cocoa powder to fight off the ice cream urge. It is just ridiculous.
BTW, my cycle just started on Tuesday so I am thinking that may have something to do with all this insane food cravings I am going through. Tell me this will pass please!!! I don't want to go back to being chubby and to undo all the hard work I have completed so far.
Thank you for all your help,