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Fending Off those Food Cravings

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Read a great article last night and found it online today

Research has found:
• Food cravings activate the same reward circuits in the brain as drugs or alcohol
• Women report having cravings more often than men, and younger people crave sweets more than older people
• 85% of men said they found giving in satisfying vs. 57% of women

Studies show that food cravings involve a complex mix of social, cultural and psychological factors, heavily influenced by environmental cues. (May explain the difference in satisfaction numbers?)

The bad news – “Brain researchers have documented that when people continually bombard their reward circuits with drugs, alcohol or high-fat, high-sugar foods, many of the dopamine receptors in the system shut down to prevent overload. And with fewer dopamine receptors at work, the system craves more and more, insatiably.”

The good news – “The longer people stave off their food cravings, studies show, the weaker the urges become.”

WSJ offers multiple strategies for “embracing and controlling the urge”
• Eat chocolate in the middle of a meal or just after
• Try "cognitive defusion"—accept and observe your thoughts about chocolate (or whatever you crave) without acting on them.
• Exercise
• Distract yourself - chew gum or smell a nonfood item such as jasmine
• Set a timer for 30 minutes whenever a craving comes on

All great ideas to help us become "AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BISCO_ 9/30/2012 1:40AM


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CRYSTALJEM 9/20/2012 3:17PM

    Really useful info. Thanks. I also try to satisfy a craving by having a bit of protein. As long as I'm not craving protein, it helps. lol.

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MEMAMA 9/20/2012 9:41AM

    The little bit of chocolate (either cocoa powder added to a smoothie or a small piece of dark chocolate in fore a meal) helps me with the sweet cravings. emoticon emoticon

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AZIMAT 9/20/2012 8:42AM

    Good ideas. I find that if I just don't start eating something (like sweets), that I do much, much better. Not having the stuff in the house helps me a lot.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/20/2012 8:05AM

    super great site! thank you for sharing it with us!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/19/2012 10:45PM

    Hooray! There is hope! I've experienced the reality of "the more I eat, the more I crave" ... And don't like it! Star Trek fans remember the Borg saying : "Resistance is Futile!" but you've reminded us THAT is not true! Resistance is key is success!

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WATERMELLEN 9/19/2012 8:55PM

    Excellent strategies for dealing with cravings: thank you. I sure do know that giving in only makes it worse. Gotta accept that I'm always going to have the cravings: and I'm always going to have to strengthen the resistance muscle, not the giving in muscle!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/19/2012 6:24PM

    Timely for me, today! Thanks!

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TWINSFITBY40 9/19/2012 5:00PM

    Thank you so much for the information. Very interesting and I will focus on their advice and implement them as much as I can. Thanks again for all that you offer all of us at sp. Have a blessed day! Maria emoticon emoticon

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BELLAMEMAW 9/19/2012 1:36PM

    Thanks for all this wonderful research; I'll be sure to read it.

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SOPHIEDO13 9/19/2012 12:01PM

    Thanks for the Article, I will pass it along. My problem is with a Cranberry/Limeade drink that I have to this will help in breaking that habit. emoticon

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GONE-BIKING 9/19/2012 10:34AM

    Thanks for sharing the article. I feel out of control lately and really needed this!

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JACKIE542 9/19/2012 10:19AM

    Great article, thank you. emoticon

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NEW_PARADIGM 9/19/2012 9:43AM

    Love it -- exercising the resistance muscle!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/19/2012 9:14AM

    emoticon thanks for info

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