Cravings & Food Sensitivities

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The beauty of having an online business is that you are open to meeting wonderful people all over the world with likeminded beliefs, all with a desire to change their lives for the better. I was recently contacted by one such person and was asked some interesting questions, so I thought it was worth sharing some of the content of our discussions, as it could be helpful for others.

It’s interesting how I often get asked questions that are not directly related to a food additive, intolerance or allergy, but instead I am asked for help with the behaviours associated with a food intolerance or allergy. Behaviours such as addiction, food cravings and general support as they tackle a change in they way they eat and live.

One common question is…

Why do I crave the foods to which I am intolerant or allergic?

There are both physical and mental reasons for craving foods that give you grief, so to keep things simple, here are my top 3 reasons…

1. Addiction

Harsh word I know, but basically foods that our bodies are sensitive towards, can cause our body to react as if our body was stressed, triggering the ‘good feeling’ chemicals in our brain (endorphins) that are essentially addictive (who wouldn’t want more of that good feeling). So the association between the food that we are sensitive to, and the ‘high’ you get chemically in your body/brain as a natural reaction to stress, ends up creating an addictive cycle.

To read more about the addictive nature of food from the behavioural change perspective, click here 

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Basically if your body is not getting the right nutrients, (or even if it is, but can’t process and absorb them well), your body will end up craving foods to ‘fill you up’ in an attempt to get more nutrients. Of course, this links back to the addictive nature of certain foods and to fill the need, we usually end up going to back to old habits and patterns, reaching for the foods we are trying to avoid.

3. Gut health

Good gut health also comes into play here. If your gut bacteria balance is not right, you can’t process and absorb nutrients properly…enter the cycle again for cravings and poor nutrition.  The importance of gut bacteria cannot be underestimated – the necessary balance of the right bacteria in your gut to digest food quickly becomes out of balance when you have food sensitivities.

Previously I have blogged about food additives and sugar as good examples of how all these things can work together to create some kick butt cravings. Sugar messes with insulin levels, gut health and chemicals in your brain to make you want more. Research suggests that food additives and food sensitivities do a similar thing.

I’m a big believer in listening to your own body to work out what’s going on. Research is all good and well, but ultimately we know our bodies better than anyone.  That said, it can be hard to notice things when your body is all out of balance and getting/giving mixed messages!  That’s why I always suggest seeing a nutritional health expert to get the chemical and biological side of things checked out. Combine that with your own ‘gut feeling’ (pardon the pun!) and info on my website about the best way to cope with this information and enact effective change, and you have a great start to kick the cravings and feel good!

For more information on how to avoid additives and change the way you eat, head to the search bar at the top of this page and type in the word “change”.

Now you know where the cravings come from, you have the power to make a change for the better!

Loren x