You get cravings because your body is not getting what it needs, and it will send signals until it will get what it needs!
What can cause your cravings?
1. Brain Chemistry Imbalances – your neurotransmitters are low, causing you to eat for reward and comfort; to have excessive worry, anxiety, panic, pain, tears, tension, irritability; low energy or drive; depression and negativity; low self-esteem.
2. Malnutrition from Dieting – cravings for food, focus on food, overeating; weight loss followed by regain; moodiness, irritability, low self-esteem; anorexia or bulimia; low calorie eating, skipping meals.
3. Unstable Blood Sugar – get a lift from sweets followed by a drop; nervous, jittery, irritable, weak throughout day but calmer after meals; mental confusion, hard to focus; frequent thirst or night sweats or dizziness; feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed; sensitive to bright light; hard to get up in morning, but wakeful at night.
4. Low Thyroid – low energy, easily chilled, weight gain, low energy, high cholesterol, low blood pressure, hair loss, use food to get yourself going.
5. Food Addictions/Food Allergies – crave dairy or doughy foods; digestive upset, gas, belching, bloating, constipation, diarrhea; respiratory problems; low energy after meals; food allergies; headaches, migraines.
6. Hormonal Imbalance – very uncomfortable symptoms during PMS, perimenopause or menopause; PCOS.
7. Yeast Overgrowth – bloated, foggy-headed, depressed, yeast infections, fungal infections, sinus infections, chronically fatigued, rashes, unusual stools.
8. Fatty Acid Deficiency – been on low fat diet, crave fatty foods, feel heavy after fatty foods, light colored stool, hard or foul-smelling stool, pain on right side under rib cage.
Tips to Reduce Quickly Sugar Craving
1. Take 500 mg of L-Glutamine . This amino acid works by acting as a substitute for sugar (glucose) in the brain. Your brain can burn L-glutamine instead if it is low on sugar for fuel.
2. Drink a cup of green tea.
3. Go for a speed walk. Daily exercise increases the amount of a neurotransmitter called dopamine in your brain. Higher levels of dopamine are associated with better moods and reduced sugar cravings
Long Term Tips to Reduce Cravings
1. Avoid processed foods - sugar and processed foods are addictive. Eating sugar artificially stimulates your brain to produce dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. Soon dopamine levels drop and we start to feel “down” so next we crave sugar again.
2. Boost your serotonin – Serotonin called “the happy hormone,” can be increased through diet, exercise and the good sleep schedule. When you have plenty of serotonin, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets.
3. Fermented Foods – Fermented foods and drinks can help to reduce or eveneliminate cravings for sugar as this foods can help in production of serotonin in your gut. You can make your own kefir at home with Kefir Starter available online or in health food stores.
4. Meditation – can help ward off cravings by helping reduce stress. Stress creates the hormone cortisol, which increases your blood sugar. This is a vicious cycle that damages your adrenals and creates sugar cravings. Adding a short meditation before meals can help you relax during meals, which means better digestion and absorption of nutrients!
Julia Ross “The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weigh t Gain, and Mood Swings–Naturally”