We experience cravings for different reasons, but don't ignore those cravings - they are there for a reason!!
There are 4 root causes of cravings, which is what I hope to explain briefly in this post. I was introduced to this idea through Alexandra Jamieson, author of Women, Food and Desire. This is my take on her version of cravings with some more observations I've made with my clients.
We are supposed to have bacteria in our guts (in fact we are 9-10x more bacterial cells than human cells!), but an overgrowth causes disruption.
Our gut microbiome speaks to our brain through the vagus nerve, so this is why cravings may occur.
Bacteria and yeast feed off of sugar and carbohydrates...so when we feed ourselves sugar and carbs with this overgrowth, they gooble them up and send the message "Give me more, give me more!" Often this leads to this "bottomless pit" feeling.
These cravings must be dealt with by changing the diet, particularly through an elimination diet. The 21DSD is one way to attack this bacterial overgrowth, but sometimes a longer and more intense program is needed.
As a society and culture, we are OVERfed and UNDERnourished.
Cravings may be your body telling you to EAT because it is missing essential vitamins and minerals.
Your body is asking for good fuel...feeding it with processed food or sugar, you will continue to be hungry and unsatisfied.
Try to get a variety of proteins, carbs, and fats...if you eat the same thing everyday, your body is just constantly getting the same nutrients. Mix it up!
3. Emotional / Habitual
Many diets in our culture fail to acknowledge this aspect of our cravings...we are humans & have human emotions. These can be very tempting to deal with through food.