Are Food Cravings & Addictions Ruling You?

Have you ever had cravings for chocolate or ice cream that would not go away?
Have you ever started eating cookies or potato chips and could not stop till you ate the whole bag?

Afterward, you feel like a failure because you did not control your craving.
You are not just being weak. There are many reasons why this is happening.

Cravings vs. Addictions!

It is easy to think we are not addicted and simply overwhelmed with cravings.
A craving is a strong desire to consume a particular substance. The way I see it? We sometimes have control over our cravings, and sometimes we do not.

An addiction is a persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance. I define it as something the interferes with your life despite the known consequences.

Here is my healthy & sugar-free breakfast.

I was a sugar addict and a chocolate addict!  That being said, sugar did not devastate my life the same way as heroin or alcohol could. I was not holding up convenience stores or spending every last penny to pay for a daily chocolate fix!

My mother was an addict and she innocently shared sugar and chocolate with me to help me consume foods she believed were good for me. For example, I didn’t  like milk so she bought me chocolate milk filled with sugar.

I am happy to say I am no longer an addict. Read my full story:  I Was A Sugar Addict…

5 Reasons Your Addictions Are Not All Your Fault:

There are many food products specifically designed to make us want to eat more.

1. When the body is deficient of the nutrients it needs to function, it will reach out for anything to get any form of nourishment. You cannot blame the body for being so hungry.
2. If you have candida, bad bacteria or parasites; they are always very hungry and want quick nourishment right now! They love sugar and refined starches the most.
3. When you crave foods like cereals, grains and sugar, you may be addicted to them according to James Braly, MD, York Nutritional Laboratories and author of Food Allergy Relief.
4. Food additives like MSG are often added to make you addicted to the foods that they are put in.
5. The processed food industry spends huge sums of money to get us addicted to their food. It is easier to get existing customers to eat more than to create new customers.

Possible Causes of Cravings or Addictions

Chemical:
One view of cravings or addictions is that they are simply chemical in nature.
Chocolate and sugar for example, gives us a rush of serotonin and dopamine, the same kind of rush you get from street drugs. We could achieve that same chemical result via healthier means. (see below)

Emotional:
Cravings are often linked to strong memories of past pleasure. We want to re-experience that emotional feeling.  For example when you were a child, your parents may have fed you cookies when you were sad. You are now trying to re-experience that safe comforting feeling from your childhood.

When you raid the fridge, what are you usually looking for?

Spiritual:
Many people view addictions as an indication of a deep rooted void in life that needs to be filled. Trying to fill this with “things” doesn’t work. One really must be willing to work on themselves. Alcoholics Anonymous, for example, is a deeply spiritual program that has helped millions.

Top Food Addictions.
These are some of the top food  addictions and cravings from our recent cravings poll. Participate In The Poll yourself and find out how you match with others.

1. Sugar
2. Salty Snacks

3. Chocolate

4. Caffeine
5. Fatty foods

To overcome my sugar addiction, I learned how important it is to:

We may not be at fault for our addictions but we are responsible for dealing with them.
That means being strong and not giving in easily.
It is all about creating new habits which truly take time.

Everything is habit-forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing. – Wilt Chamberlain

It usually also requires a significant support system and a greater awareness of what is happening.

To Help You With Cravings, I’m offering a Free Webinar on Dealing With Cravings and Addictions. Many of  my classes also offer the nutritional and emotional support needed to create new healthy habits.

The article was originally published as Food Craving, Addictions and Habits at Real Food For Life.

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157 comments

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa1 years ago

Thank you

Suzana Megles
Suzana Megles1 years ago

I smiled when I read this topic. I knew a woman who just couldn't eat just ONE potatoe chip. One whole bag was more her speed. While I'm not usually guilty of going overboard on any one type of food, this past week, I finally found Dorito's Chilly Spicy Doritos and I went to town on them. Thankfully, I didn't down the whole bag. What's so special about them? I found them hard to find. So many contained cheese and I'm a vegan. I do enjoy their unique taste but I think I can control myself when eating them.
Next time around, I'll enjoy them with vegetarian baked beans and salsa. They'll go further and I believe the beans and salsa are healthy adjuncts.

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz2 years ago

Thank you

Zahra I.
Zahra Ismail2 years ago

Great article!!

Franck R.
Frank R.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

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Masahiko E.
.2 years ago

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Elisabeth JImmink

I agree Heidi A. Thank you for the article.

Rhonda Bird
Rhonda B.2 years ago

Yes, I ove chocolate.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey2 years ago

That is an excellent quote - "Everything is habit-forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing". – Wilt Chamberlain