Cravings Are Not Bad!
Does this sound weird to you? If so, hang in there. In our diet culture, we are always busting myths….trying the new cleanse, anything that is going to stop us from craving, indulging, feeling guilt….
What if we took a moment to observe and learn from the cravings?
Through my cravings, I helped to balance and reverse my PCOS.
Through my cravings, I reconnected with dance, reading, culture, gardening. Through my cravings, I have an easy to manage menstrual cycle.
Through my cravings, I let go of the need for dessert every night.
Want the inside scoop on understanding your cravings?
We will break cravings down into physical and emotional.
Emotional Component of Cravings
Food can provide us with pleasure, comfort and indulgence for seconds or minutes. Sometimes we confuse a craving for life or an itch to try something creative for food.
Or, perhaps….the food is quick, takes less time and numbs something.
And if we are always turning to food when it is a different need, then we can stay stuck in our hormone imbalance and dis-ease in the body.
Physical Component of Cravings
There is a very real physical component to cravings. Both supportive and destructive.
One root cause of physical cravings can be insulin dysregulation and erratic blood sugar swings which can cause you to feel very hungry even if you just ate a meal.
Supportive cravings can help us understand what types of nutrients our bodies need or where we are in our menstrual cycle, so they are not necessarily considered a bad thing. They help to tell us what our body needs.
Gut Imbalances can also cause cravings. If there is a gut bacteria imbalance, this can cause various sugar, salt and fat cravings.
If there is an imbalance in the body. And desire for certain foods can change day to day, month to month and season to season!
Learn more in this video!