I found this article by Sarah who writes the blog Paleo Mom quite interesting. It highlights the simplicity of the two ingredients needed to change our relationship with food. I found by following a Paleo lifestyle its helped me curb quite a lot of cravings for sugary things and treats, when I do crave them I just bake a Paleo alternative.
Sarah highlights that food is part of our emotional and social lives, whether we like it or not.
Whether you are preparing a meal (or even just snacks) for guests in your home or attending a social event at another location, there are many choices to be made at these gatherings. What to eat? How much to eat? How many exceptions to make?
Some of us may also battle the little, daily associations of activities with food. Do you eat in front of the TV or your computer? Do you always have to get a big fancy coffee on your way to work? Do you finish your kid’s food? Do you eat when you’re lonely or depressed? These habits have three things in common: they stop you from full awareness of your food intake, they remove your enjoyment of food, and they inhibit your self-control when it comes to food.
Changing your bad habits requires two things: awareness and discipline.
Read more about food associations and how we can change the paradigm: http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/01/food-associations-changing-paradigm.html