WHAT DO MY SUGAR CRAVINGS MEAN? (PART 3 OF 4)

2010/05/03
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Sugar cravings are a sign of imbalance in the body. In Part 1 we examined four factors that contribute to the development of your sugar cravings. In Part 2 we examined an additional three factors that could be behind those persistent sugar cravings. Here we will discuss the final two additional causes that could be driving your sugar cravings. Part 4 will discuss what you can do to overcome those sugar cravings.

Are You Magnesium Deficient?

Magnesium is an alkaline mineral that is depleted in our food sources. However, it is an essential ingredient to enable our liver to detoxify our body. Insufficient magnesium means that we are unable to fuel a process called methylation in the liver and our body will accumulate and store toxins as a result. This sets up the cycle for immune system triggering, creating immune sensitivities to foods you do not digest and those toxins you cannot excrete.

Magnesium deficiency is generally satisfied by chocolate cravings, as chocolate is high in magnesium. However, nuts such as almonds also have a lot of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency, depending on its severity will also manifest with constipation, hard stools, muscle stiffness, leg cramps or spasms, tight shoulders and neck. If you have these additional symptoms, then it is highly suggested to take a magnesium supplement along with a protein snack instead of satisfying your sugar craving.

Magnesium can be taken until “bowel tolerance” meaning that the body stores magnesium and when it has filled its store, it will begin to purge the excess magnesium through your bowels, resulting in looser bowels. That is a sign to stop and/or reduce the intake of magnesium. Our daily needs for magnesium vary depending upon our toxic load, the die off of pathogens in the body that need to be eliminated, or level of acidity (because it is used to alkalinize us) and the current state of depletion of our magnesium stores.

Are Your Sweet Cravings Emotionally Driven?

Stress, whether it is relational, work related, financial, or sickness induced from chronic illness, can cause us to feel trapped, frustrated and anxious. The very act of eating is soothing to our bodies. The texture and taste of food also soothes us. If you are driven to seek comfort type sweet treats such as ice cream, creamy pies, soft candies, rich desserts to satisfy your sugar cravings, consider whether there is an emotional connection driving the craving. This type of craving is for comfort and the need to be soothed. You can with planning find other behaviors that can satisfy your need for comfort such as endulging yourself in a hot bubble bath with candles and essential oils and soothing music, or scheduling time, even for 15 minutes, just for yourself each day away from family pressure to do that one thing you’ve wanted to do but have been unable to do. By filling your vessel, you will have more running over and be better able to give to others.

If you find that the type of sweet craving you are having is driven by the need for a crunchy carbohydrate, such as chips, popcorn, hard cookies, sweet crackers, then it is highly likely that your sweet craving is a sign of pent up frustration. Your body needs a daily energy outlet and exercise in the form of walking, or any repetitive movement of the body that you enjoy from sports, to aerobic workouts, to dance class will help your body to diffuse this pent up energy and eliminate your need to take out this aggressive energy in the act of eating crunchy carbohydrate rich food 

If you find yourself at a loss when you come home, and have developed a habit of going straight to the refrigerator and find yourself standing there staring at what looks good, this could be a sign of boredom and/or loneliness. We often do not like coming home to an empty house and crave companionship. If upon reflection you find yourself feeling this way, consider a change in your lifestyle such that you go to a gym for the social aspect of being with others, even if all you do is walk on the treadmill. Try to take a class after work (and have your protein snack before dinner) to meet your social needs. Short of that, try to connect by phone with someone to see how their day has gone so you feel connected to the special people in your life. Short of that, have something you plan weekly or more often that you can look forward to as a social gathering with a friend to take a walk, to meet for dinner, or gather for entertainment. Meeting our emotional, social needs is healthy and essential to balancing our body’s chemistry!

Lastly, we all go through intentional and unintentional traumas in our life that affect us deeply and can take years to resolve, or do not resolve on our own. Life goes on and we are forced through social conditioning to “move on”, “be a man”, “don’t show your feelings”, “don’t cry”, all unhealthy social conditionings that short circuit our need to process and “extinguish our negative emotions. How long we need to process these emotions is completely individualized and modern living with its demands that we work, continue interacting with family and friends, show a stiff upper lip and smile results in our suppressing some of these negative emotions. What we may feel when this occurs is a sense of unrest, restlessness, irritability, aggression, frustration, that we then seek to relieve through creamy comfort type foods, crunch “aggression” foods, or in volume…where the taste is not satisfying as much as the volume that satisfies.

Satisfying one’s sugar cravings through volume triggers brain chemistry once we’ve hit a certain “stretch” limit in our stomach. It triggers our brain chemistry to release endorphins that tell us we are full and satisfied. This calms us. If you find that this is your situation, Neuro Emotional Technique will greatly help you peel off the layers of emotional neuropeptides that have not be extinguished as a result of incomplete processing of past traumas, disappointments and hurts. It will truly change how you feel by dealing with the biochemistry of emotion!

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Part 4 will discuss what you can do to eliminate these root causes that drive your sugar cravings.

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Anna Manayan

Anna Manayan