Food cravings can be caused by a number of reasons that are BEYOND just physical, or even mental & emotional
Sometimes it might feel like something has literally taken over your body
My first two "go -to's" when it comes to the reason for cravings are
- nutritional deficiencies
- yeast overgrowth (aka Candida)
Think of Candida like this... Ok, so do you remember the movie Gremlins? And they multiplied when they got wet? No? You've never seen the movie?
Stop what you're doing... Go find that 80s classic. Watch it!... and come back
Ok cool, welcome back!
SO, that's basically how candida reacts to SUGAR in our body.
Water : Gremlins = Sugar : Candida
And yes, these microscopic organisms inside our body are very much alive and in control when it comes to sugar cravings... so when it feels like it's just "not you", you're absolutely right
Food cravings can occur due to a number of reasons. The more we eat things like processed food, refined sugar, saturated fats and fried foods, the more our body will crave it on not only a physical, but also a neurological level [more to come on this]. It's a viscous cycle that occurs on a cellular level, and an emotional level.
Below is a list of the most common causes of food cravings, some tangible like dehydration, some intangible like unresolved past trauma. I'm actually putting together an intense program that will dive deep into why we get such intense food cravings, how to combat these cravings, and break free from feeling out of control.
There's so much more to it than "mind over matter". There's a huge debate over the idea that it's easier for some people, and harder for others. I'm happy to say that there's proven evidence that cravings run much deeper than simply "getting a taste" for something, and after seeing this evidence, I have to confirm that YES it really is easier for some, and harder for others.
Here's a list of 12 reasons your cravings might be running rampant:
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Depleted brain chemistry (low neurotransmitters)
• Low calorie dieting
• Unresolved trauma
• Blood sugar instability
• Low thyroid function
• An imbalance of hormones
• Parasites or yeast overgrowth (parasites can be triggered by antibiotics, travel, or pets)
• Fatty acid deficiency
The good news is, there are strategies that your Transformational Nutrition Coach (Hi, that's me) can put together with you, that work with your lifestyle.
Some of the things on this list sound really obvious, like dehydration for instance. Other items on the list sound really deep, like unresolved trauma. Some items are biological, like thyroid and blood sugar... and others sound far out there, like depleted brain chemistry or fatty acid deficiency.
The body is whole. We can't target one area, without it affecting another area. That's why, if we're lacking in nutrients, it may trigger hormone & adrenal levels, blood sugar, and ultimately brain chemistry (neurotransmitters). When we tackle the mind & body as one unit, it's like a ripple effect. Added nutrients and fatty acids will balance your hormone, adrenals, and blood sugar, which will in turn boost your mood and brain chemistry. The list goes on and on with how it's all one. We have to tackle it as one.
If you are concerned about hormones, adrenals, or blood sugar, contact your health care provider, and see if you can get appropriate tests.