How to Control Food Cravings
© Copyright Bee Wilder, Revised October 2, 2011 to clarify Steps to Take.
Revised October 11, 2011 to add the amount of vitamin C to take.
Also read Withdrawal Symptoms, Cravings, Etc.
Carbohydrates are all plant foods. In other words, they are any foods not classified as protein or fat, including vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, spices, herbs, sugars, etc.
One of the problems unhealthy people have, particularly those who suffer from candida, is intense cravings, as well as insatiable hunger, for the very things they should not have, i.e. sugar, fruit, dairy (other than butter), sweetened foods or drinks, alcohol, and high carbohydrate foods such as grains, starches, pasta, potatoes, etc.
Such cravings are one of the best indications that a person does, in fact, have candida overgrowth since candida (fungus) occurs because of high sugars and carbs. In fact all funguses, including candida and cancer, thrive on glucose/sugars. It is not a personal weakness or a sign of poor self-control. It is an addiction, just like any other type of addiction, i.e. to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, etc.
Taking vitamin C is important for minimizing cravings because vitamin C and glucose/sugar have similar chemical structures and they compete with one another to get into the cells. If there is more glucose/sugar, less vitamin C gets into the cells. It there is more vitamin C, less glucose/sugar gets into the cells. Since our bodies do not make vitamin C it must obtain vitamin C from foods or supplements. That is why a healthy diet eliminates consuming any kinds of sugar, including fruits, and is low-carb because all carbs (plant foods) are changed into glucose in the body. As you lower glucose/sugars in the your body, your body will also require less vitamin C in order to be healthy.
Steps to take when you have cravings
Do each of these steps one at a time, wait 1/2 hour or as long as you can before doing the next step.
Also try to get busy with something that will distract you from your cravings, i.e. do cleaning, read a book, watch comedy on TV, call or email a friend, etc.
- Drink a 6 ounce glass of ocean sea salt water (1/4 teaspoon of ocean sea salt mixed into 6 ounces of non-chlorinated water).
- Take 500 mg of vitamin C every 1/2 hour with water until your craving subsides. Do not take the ascorbic acid crystals or sodium ascorbate form of vitamin C since they are hard on the stomach. Only take vitamin C capsules or tablets for this purpose.
- Take some coconut oil or another “good” fat, i.e. butter. Often 1 teaspoon of fat is enough.
- Lastly, eat some protein, like eggs, which are easy to digest and very nutritious. It is a good idea to have a few boiled eggs on hand for this purpose.
- Note: Cravings for chocolate are usually caused by a lack of magnesium so take 100-150 mg of magnesium citrate instead, but only take it one time. Taking more will lower calcium in your body, and throw off other mineral balances.