How To Stop Cravings
Are all your dieting efforts sabotaged by cravings? Do you just want to eat a healthy balanced diet but crave certain foods? Do you crave certain chemicals but don’t understand why? Do you feel out of control and angry with yourself?
Well stop beating yourself up. It could be that you have allergies, sensitivities or intolerances. And those allergies could be creating a whole lot of symptoms that you would never associate with allergies.
We are addicted to what we are allergic to.
We crave food and substances because we are addicted to them. Allergies, sensitivities and intolerances cause addiction.
I came across a great article about allergies at www.whf.com and took this snippet which gives a good explanation of why we crave the foods that we are sensitive to:
“It is not clear why we often crave foods to which we are sensitive, but several theories have been proposed to help explain why this may occur. Some researchers suggest that our bodies can become addicted to the chemical messengers such as histamine or cortisol which are secreted by immune cells in response to allergens in the body. It is hypothesized that while eating foods to which you are allergic can cause a rash or sneezing, the body also may experiences a soothing response from the presence of the chemical messengers increasing the desire to eat more of that food.
Another theory proposed by a well-known immunologist is based on the science of how antibodies and antigens connect (bind) to each other. Antibodies can bind to more than one site on an allergen in the food, therefore, when there is very little antigen but a large number of antibodies present, the antibodies will become cross-linked and make large complexes. It is theorized that these large complexes can cause an increase in symptoms. In this theory symptoms are related to a large number of antibodies in relation to antigens rather than being caused by the number of antigens. In fact, it is suggested that if you eat more of the antigen, you can decrease the number of antibody complexes by allowing each antibody to bind to an antigen rather than forming the large complexes thereby reducing the number of symptoms. Normal metabolism works to remove the food antigens and as the ratio of antibodies to antigens begins to rise, symptoms will begin to increase. Craving and addiction to food may be the result of the body’s attempt to increase the number of antigens present and preventing the formation of the large antibody complexes that are associated with an increased number of symptoms.”
So how do I stop these cravings?
One of the first questions that Sandi Radomski from Allergy Antidotes asks is, “What could you not live without? What do you crave every day?”
These substances are the first things that she will treat. Once the allergies have been eliminated, the cravings will stop.
How do I eliminate my allergies?
First off you need to answer the questions that Sand asks. What do you feel you could not live without? What do you reach for every day? What do you crave every day?
Tip: It is not only food that we can be allergic to. It can be absolutely anything.
Once you have the answers you can get to work straight away by following along with the video I have made below.
This is just the beginning and I am not suggesting that you will eliminate all of your allergies by treating what you crave but it’s a great start. Later you will be able to dig deeper.
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or try The Allergy Kit, which helps you eliminate your reactions to all the main allergens first and then you can go on to eliminate any individual sensitivities you may have.