Chocolate! Potato chips! Cookies! Pizza!
I’m in pain, and I want sugar and fat and I want it NOW!
To some extent, I know that I want sugary and fatty foods more when I’m in pain because they’re comforting. I’ve read the research about how sugar affects the brain in a similar way that heroin does. I get it.
And when the pain is especially bad, I allow myself to eat more junk than usual. So maybe it’s also a bit of that association. Those are probably why I wanted sugar this morning.
But now it’s different. Now it’s a need more than a desire. Like when I crave a hamburger and then a few hours later I get my period. My body is saying: you’re about to lose blood, you better eat some iron. It makes perfect sense. But I feel that same kind of craving right now for fatty and sugary foods and I can’t imagine why.
Are my energy reserves low from fighting the pain? Is this my body’s way of telling me I need to beef them up? (so to speak….) Is is something else along those lines?
I’ve learned a lot about my body in recent years, but this is one mystery I don’t know how to solve. It will have to wait until later though. Right now, I need to go forage in the kitchen….
What about you? Do you experience these kinds of cravings? What do you think causes them? How do you handle them?