Sugar, Sugar.

What I crave and why?

Often I crave spinach or the crunch of a fresh salad on a hot day. After cutting gluten, I realized more than ever, my body had some wicked cravings beyond being just hungry.

It’s January, it’s winter, so I wasn’t too surprised to want to dig into a hot, gooey grilled cheese sandwich, chocolate or even an apricot powerball. But I wanted the bread, the starch… the sugar! Of course I wondered why. Chocolate I get. Hibernation can get real in Canadian winters, but…

I started to think about it. In my 20’s I <*gasp*> smoked. I quit when I was pregnant, but I’d also read my partners copy of Allen Carr’s Quitting Smoking the Easy Way. Not to give away the ending, but I figured a craving is a craving, so how could this need for a sugar fix be different? Nicotine is the drug that drives you mad thinking you must have another cigarette, so what is the cause of sugar cravings? What is fed by sugar?


I’ve never had big candida problems in the past, but with a restart of my digestion, you never know. Yeast feeds off sugar and I’d assume now, it’s starving. I can almost picture it, clawing for air pushing me to the near brink of eating a fruit on the bottom yogurt instead of plain! Without any back up of yeast, my restart will give the opportunity to help my digestion back into full form.

And then there was this other idea:

“When you eat something sweet and sugar goes into your body the sugar blocks the absorption of essential minerals, including calcium and magnesium. And scientific studies have proven that a deficiency in these two micronutrients actually causes sugar cravings!”

Needless to say, I’ve added more epsom salt baths and magnesium drinks before bed to my schedule. A few other things I’ve tried heard that help are; eating more greens, seaweed, sleeping and ferments.

I even found this handy chart – hopefully it works!

Mostly though, I’m thinking of these cravings like an annoying, dying voice of the past. The small, unhealthy demon that we all seem to have lurking. But we are bigger. I’m not going to cower and give in to the demands of that little monster.

What’s your struggle? What do you crave and how do you get through it?

One Comment Add yours

  1. Claudette says:

    Interesting post! Since I’ve started eating low or no carb semi-regularly, and increased my plain full fat yogurt intake to almost daily, it is not really surprising that I rarely crave alcohol on those days. That chart is fascinating. Thank you for sharing!


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