Cravings are real. So first of all, don’t feel guilty or embarrassed. They come from somewhere and before you act on your cravings, stop and evaluate them. They originate as an expression of your emotional or physical needs. Some cravings indicate that you need a certain food and should eat it. Other cravings indicate a form of hunger – not one that can be satisfied by eating.
Here’s the difference:
If you crave wholesome natural foods, such as fruit, vegetables, meat, and you’re stomach hunger is at a 0, then eat the food.
This is a normal and natural craving.
As you’re reading this, you undoubtedly realize that when you’ve had a disappointment or too much stress that you never want to take a cooked salmon fillet with you to bed to watch TV. Instead, you want a pizza or chocolate cookies.
But when you’re craving foods that are
- white and fluffy starches, such as breads, cakes, cookies, crackers, chips, bagels, pizza
- stimulants, such as chocolate, diet sodas, caffeinated beverages
- sugar, candy, alcoholic beverages
- crunchy, salty, creamy, and/or have soothing textures
You’re experiencing false hunger, but real cravings. Your cravings arise from habits, unresolved emotions, fatigue, stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and more. The solution to these is to correct the situation. Get enough sleep, resolve the emotions, rest, use stress soothers, and revise your habits.
But there’s another more tricky reason for some cravings. They can be the result of chronic health conditions, such as systemic candida syndrome, parasites, and allergies. If you suspect that these are causing your cravings, set an appointment with your health practitioner to correct the situation.