Sometimes they hit you like a ton of bricks. Out of nowhere you could be at work, home wherever and suddenly you crave this or that. (this or that being Chinese food for me). I was reading a blog and the lady was discussing Chinese food.
Albeit Chinese food does not do me any good since I am suppose to stay away from spicy foods. However I don’t see Chinese being all that spicey….maybe certain Indian dishes and ahhhh yes I love those also and yes now craving Indian. God help me!
Why people crave:
(Scientific) Research on the connection between a person’s mood and the food he or she eats has reveled what many people have long believed, that eating a certain food can influence a person’s mood—at least temporarily. Research by Judith Wurtman, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has focused on how certain foods alter one’s mood by influencing the level of certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. While many other factors influence the level of these chemicals, such as hormones, heredity, drugs, and alcohol, three neurotransmitters—dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin—have been studied in relation to food, and this research has shown that neurotransmitters are produced in the brain from components of certain foods.
Food cravings: In your head or tummy? By Nanci Hellmich
According to John Foreyt, he stated that patients would pacify themselves when feeling bored or stressed with food. Perhaps this is a reason we crave sweets when placed in these kinds of situations.
Every time they watch a movie, they crave popcorn. And when they drive by a Dunkin’ Donuts, they feel the need for a treat. Foreyt, director of the nutrition research clinic at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, helps people examine what’s causing the cravings – frequently it’s stress and tension – and then teaches them how to deal with them.
Giving in to urges and cravings for everything from chocolate to cheeseburgers is one of the toughest challenges for weight-conscious people.
And many people could overcome their cravings if they just took a 10-minute walk until the craving passed or learned how to indulge that urge within reason, say several top national weight-loss researchers.
Experts say there’s a difference between real hunger and cravings. Hunger is a biological need to eat something because your stomach is empty, says psychologist Thomas Wadden, director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. If you come in the house hungry as a bear, almost any food you like will satisfy you, he says. (I find this to ring true)….
Personally if the craving doesn’t go away in a couple of days I will satisfy it. Like the other day when I had McDonald’s. After eating this delcious
bounty I felt fine and have not been to a fast food resturant in over a week. (Patting myself on the back now)…..