January 17, 2011
I think you have to put this in perspective...if you are craving greens (kale, collards etc) or lemons, maybe your body needs a nutrient or various nutrients in those foods.
If you are craving cake/bread/potato chips what are you craving exactly??? Sometimes you actually crave these foods (your body needs salt or extra calories) and sometimes you are "craving" ( just wanting) them to satisfy a void in your life or boredom or loneliness or stress eating. Soemtimes eating a certain food can just become a bad habit... you just eat it because it's there and you ALWAYS have eaten it...
Sometimes you are craving wheat or dairy or eggs because your body has an allergy/intolerance to it, it makes you feel good for a time (like an addict on drugs) but then you crash again and crave the foods again. This becomes a vicious cycle (check the links below for more info on craving foods you're intolerant to and also the opioid like feelings created by eating wheat/gluten/dairy and soy).
http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t041800.asp (check out #6 at the bottom of the article)
I will say the first bite of a potato chip from a bag tastes delicious...but eating the WHOLE BAG...by the end your taste buds aren't even enjoying them anymore.
Fat and salt and fat and sugar does tend to attract everyone, a creamy texture or a crunch tends to get lots of people too.
Do you eat mindlessly? Or do you REALLY enjoy the foods you are eating?
I have gotten into a couple of craving traps myself these days....one is Mocha Fudge Almond Soy
"ice cream" the other is potato chips.
I will try to add more interesting healthy foods into my day to "crowd out" the not so nutritious foods..and add more veggies and fruits. I like trying the intricate chef created macrobiotic or raw food dinners or desserts they are the most healthy AND the most tasty and have interesting textures and flavors.
Tried a great recipe for raw eggplant bacon strips over the weekend ...I'll post the recipe soon.