If you haven't read the gnolls.com references in my other "willpower post," i entreat you to do so! Don't torture yourself the way western society would have you do it!
It's all about stubbornness ... and brain chemicals.
I was just looking at some early postings on blogs i recently discovered. Rarely ever suffering food cravings anymore myself, i realize how lucky i am; a lot of people struggle with them often. They have my deep and sincere sympathy!
Time was, i did have cravings. The difference between *now* and *then* is, 1) i'm customarily eating a very-low-carb diet, so my blood sugar is as steady as a rock; 2) the high-good-fat-adequate-protein content of it keeps me well satiated; 3) i've tweaked my vitamin/mineral intake through foods and supplements to the point that i believe i'm deeply nourished.
Not only does my body seem happy with the way i'm fueling it -- i see that eating this way is beneficial for my mood and cognition. I'm more cheerful, less anxious and defensive, and increasingly "strong" and determined; it's been clearly noticeable for weeks. I don't know EXACTLY what's going right, but i'm grateful for it.
Believing as i do that "overeating" is partially driven by malnutrition, I have to wonder if people who decry their own "lack of willpower" aren't short of some nutrient they need....