According to a survey published in the book Food
Cravings (Lisa Shock, Apple Publishing Company Limited, Vancouver, BC,
food cravings plague 97 percent of women and 68 percent
of men. Women suffer more with this
disorder than men. Often women will
experience food cravings during their menstrual cycle, premenstrual syndrome,
menopause, and pregnancy.
Food cravings manifest themselves in many
forms, with foods such as chocolate, French fries, potato chips, sour pickles,
pizza, ice cream, and alcoholic beverages.
These forms indicate different deficiencies in the body. A person may also crave dirt or sand, which
indicates a mineral deficiency.
Cravings are triggered by many different
things, including depression, anxiety, chemical imbalances, and pregnancy. The main trigger of cravings is stress. Understanding the causes of these cravings
will assist a great deal in the process of eliminating them. The body and the mind work together to keep
the body healthy and to preserve life.
Food cravings are misguided attempts to
restore balance to the body. When one
craves starches, it indicates that the brain is low in serotonin. The most common cause for low serotonin is
low blood sugar levels, which causes the body to crave starches or sugars. Most sweets and non-complex starches are what
we call devitalized foods. Such foods do
not provide the body with the necessary nutrients it needs, thus causing the
craving to continue even stronger than before.
Fiberless foods cause many diseases.
A deficiency of essential fatty acids is
often the source of a fat craving.
Parasite problems are common with fat cravings also. Parasites have numerous methods of creating
food cravings to keep themselves fed.
Their favorite foods are fats, sugars, and proteins. Tapeworms absorb vitamin B-12,
gradually causing B-12 deficiency.
When protein is craved, there may be problems with parasites. Protein craving can also result from protein
deficiency. A sour food craving
indicates a chemical imbalance, requiring a neutralization of acids in the
body. This begins with over-consumption
of acid-forming foods. When the body is
more alkaline, sour food cravings will not occur. Last, but not least, is the craving for
caffeine, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco.
These substances rob the body of different nutrients, leaving it
Is there help for this disorder? Oh, yes!
There is help through the use of the Eight Doctors that make house
calls. These doctors will help to check
all compulsory-eating habits, because they lead to emotional or physiological
needs. This is usually filled by food
cravings. The doctors will help to
re-educate our minds; we cannot do it by ourselves; we need help from
above. The first doctor is trust in
God. The second is to obtain some
negative ions from fresh air. The third
is daily exercise that will keep the blood circulating. The fourth is sunshine, which makes rosy
cheeks and disinfects. The fifth is
proper rest that produces hormones. The
sixth is the use of lots of water—both internally and externally—that assists
in the revitalization of the body. The
seventh is controlling yourself in all things; and the
eighth is following the diet that man was given by the Designer of good
nutrition. Following these doctors, you
will no longer be a slave to food cravings, but you will have victory in Christ
Jesus the Lord!
LaVerne Jackson is Associate Director and Business Manager of Missionary
Education and Evangelistic Training (M.E.E.T.) Ministry in Huntingdon, Tennessee. She has a Masters Degree in Nutrition and is
a Nutritional Consultant. She has been
in Medical Missionary work for over 25 years. She may be contacted by e-mail at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at: 731-986-3518.