One of the worst things about living in rural central PA is that everything closes after 9 PM – or even earlier on Sundays.
So when we’re watching CSI or other nighttime TV and a commercial comes on that depicts a juicy burger, chocolate truffles or steamy pizza, there’s no way we can just go out and satisfy that craving those ads generate. The stores or restaurants are either closed, or they’re 30 miles away! LOL!
That’s probably a very good thing since advertisers are quite adept at pushing those “crave” buttons.
But did you know that those cravings may be a product of conditioning and habit? When we eat certain foods, especially rich, high-calorie foods like chocolate or pizza as a snack when we feel hungry, we are more likely to crave them than lower-calorie, healthier foods when our energy levels dip.
One study found that students who ate a half of a chocolate bar as a dessert immediately after a meal were less likely to crave chocolate when they were hungry. Some even said it didn’t taste good to them when they felt hungry.
The other half of the study group ate a half of a chocolate bar about 2 hours after their meal when their energy levels were starting to drop. They reported a much stronger craving / urge / need for a chocolate bar at that time each day and nothing else would satisfy that urge.
So if we make a spiritual application here, we might say that if we are full of God’s spirit and keep ourselves sated with his presence, we may not be as prone to crave those things that our sinful nature once craved?