How to Stop Food Craving?
Overcoming food cravings is one of the hardest but the most important part of the healing journey. What many people don’t realize is that there is a difference between physical and emotional food cravings. Like many women, you have likely been told that cravings were a bad thing and you just need more discipline to fight them.
The Physical Side of Food Cravings
Becoming empowered to stop food cravings starts with getting to the bottom of the physical side of the equation. The physical side of food cravings can be boiled down to these things:
· Gut & microbiome
There is great research lately that shows the connection between a lack of diversity of microbiomes in the gut with food cravings. To combat this, it’s so important to reduce carb intake and to add probiotics into the diet.
· Blood sugar dysregulation
Radical highs and lows in blood sugar can cause cravings. Getting your blood sugar to a more stable place though improvements in your diet will result in a dramatic reduction in food cravings.
· Nutrient deficiencies
A lack of the vitamins and minerals that you need to be healthy are a major cause of cravings. Chocolate means you’re craving magnesium. Bread means you’re craving b vitamins. Diversify your diet and increase its nutrient density in order to combat cravings.
The Emotional Side of Food Cravings
When you eat in response to feelings or you use food to relieve negative emotions, you are emotionally eating. It’s eating for reasons other than providing your body with the nourishment it needs.
Emotional eating is prevalent in women. It is normal because we are emotional beings with an emotional relationship with food. It started from the day we were born. We learned that, whenever we wanted to get fed, all we had to do was cry. It continued during our childhood years, when our mothers cooked for us. We usually celebrated our birthdays with a cake. When we got good grades, we got ice cream as a reward.
We eat to protect ourselves against negative feelings and emotions. In that regard, eating is a form of self-preservation. What could be more natural than that?
Emotional eating is also what makes me put on pounds, right up to this day. I eat when I’m not hungry because I want to soothe a feeling. However, the problem was I wasn’t aware that this behavior had a subconscious meaning.
The image below best illustrates the process we go through when emotional eating happens to us. The problem is that even though we are in such a situation, we aren’t fully present on what’s going on, thus, we fail to recognize what triggers us or what causes us to eat emotionally. It surely starts with a trigger – a person, a thing or a situation that causes us to feel certain sensation or emotions in our body. Because of lack of understanding and awareness, we tend to numb, suppress or avoid the emotion by eating.
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