Are you salivating over cookies and cakes? Do those potato chips seem like sheer perfection? How about a big slice of piping hot, double-cheese
pizza? You may not realize it, but the food you are
craving right now might be caused by your mood, and conversely, the food you eat is
causing your mood. While it can seem that a mad-scientist’s
experimental torture device is at work here, your body’s delicate hormonal balance is
at play when you experience severe food cravings. The bad news is that your brain and gut work
together to form your food choices. This means that if you are consistently choosing
low-quality foods with no vitamins and minerals, and high levels of unhealthy fats, sugar,
and even contaminates like glyphosate, aspartame (found in diet foods), MSG (monosodium glutamate)
or high fructose corn syrup, your body can turn into a hungry monster looking for its
next “kill.” You’ll essentially be hungry like a beast
all the time and crave more “bad” foods if you continue to “feed the monster.” The good news is that those horrible food
cravings can be controlled by choosing better foods. Here are a few that can tame the beast: Dark Chocolate helps to promote a feeling
of bliss by supporting the creation of the neurotransmitter anandamide. This also keeps you from “stress-eating.” Plant based protein will keep you full till
longer, and though it takes some time for the body to process these proteins, a hand
full of almonds, for instance, won’t clog up your digestive tract. Omega 3s found in things like hemp seeds,
chia seeds, and flaxseed oil help boost your mood and regulate the chemicals released by
your brain. Research shows they can also help regulate
food cravings. What you don’t want to do is keep feeding
your monstrous food cravings. As you eat better, you’ll motivate the monster
to chill out.