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Craving vs. Conscious Contact

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I’ve long felt that, for compulsive eaters, one of our worst fears is simply being hungry and having to sit still and do nothing about it. The association between physical hunger and existential void triggers the sense of hopelessness that preceded so many of my forays into the deadly rituals from which I now abstain. Its black-sheep brother, the craving, is simply hunger with an attitude. A craving is an urgent desire—a manic call to action. Once it gets into the mind, it can turn into a compulsion, a constant irritant, a distraction from reality, an insistent voice that beckons

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