Todd, don’t worry about it. The subconscious has its reasons, and they don’t always make rational sense. I just try to relax and postpone yielding to the cravings. There’s a reason Twelve-Step programs talk about taking things one day at a time, and that’s because it works. I can always have the carbs—but just not right now, I tell myself. If I feel this way tomorrow, I’ll go buy a dozen doughnuts and eat them, just not right now.
Once in early sobriety I called a guy before work and told him I really needed a drink, and he promised to meet me at ten a.m. when the bars opened, so we could get drunk together. Sure enough, by the time ten o’clock rolled around, I was over the snit and no longer felt I needed a drink. Of course, sometimes things get really bad, and that’s when you postpone for only five minutes, or whatever it takes. If I thought I could never eat a carbohydrate again in my life, I’d go out and gain 300 pounds. Yet somehow, knowing I’m always free to eat carbs tomorrow (if I want) keeps me safe.