Why You Are Addicted to Certain Foods
Like with any drug you can become addicted to certain foods. In the
case of a drug addiction the cause is usually due to the specific
receptors for that drug not being “filled”. This causes the feeling of
withdrawal and the urge for more of the drug.
In the case of food addiction it is a little bit different. One of the
reasons we become addicted to certain foods is that these are often
the food residues that are most present in our blood. Some experts
believe that cleansing the blood through alkalizing green juices and
other cleansing protocols can help.
A good way to know for sure if you’re addicted to a certain food is if
there’s initial relief when the craving is satisfied (by eating the
food) but then the craving returns shortly thereafter. Cravings
often go hand-in-hand with allergies. We are often allergic (or
sensitive) to the precise foods we crave.
We are often allergic to our most desired foods because each time the
craving is satisfied there is a dampening of the immune system. Over
time, this leads to an overburdened immune system that eventually
becomes fatigued and no longer able to deal with the allergen (the
food that is craved).
By consistently eating the foods we most crave, we place a
tremendous stress on our immune system. This is not a good thing for
overtime these foods end up becoming a source of unneeded stress in
The 3 Main Causes of Food Addiction
1. Overconsumption of a particular food
2. Too frequently consumed
3. Food sits too long in the digestive tract
All of these factors place extra burden on the immune system and
allow time for it to mount an immune response against a given food.
The 4 Signs of a Food Addiction
1. Obsession with a particular food
2. Negative consequences upon eating it
3. Lack of control when around that food
In my case, I was brought up on breads, cereals, pasta, and dairy. I
craved these foods (and still do to some degree) and ate them
incessantly. Unfortunately, after years of abusing my body with these
“drugs” my immune system had had enough.
Because of this constant bombardment I had developed an allergic
terrain which manifested eczema, asthma, environmental allergies,
and eventually an autoimmune condition called alopecia where the
immune system attacks the body’s hair follicles.
Nowadays, since I’ve radically altered my diet and have more or less
removed wheat and dairy, I enjoy much greater health and have
regained the hair that I once lost (although I still keep my head
shaved because I like it!). Furthermore, I know longer have to wear
gloves over my hands to hide what used to be terrible eczema, and my
asthma (which was out of control when I was young) is now almost
My triumphs are not miraculous but rather simple commitments to
improving my digestion, rebalancing my intestinal flora, and eating
more raw vegetables and fruit. The results have been outstanding.
The key is to identify which foods you most crave and avoid or
minimize their consumption. The best way to identify and then
eradicate food addictions is to follow an elimination diet whereby you
remove the suspected food from your diet for 4-6 weeks and then
slowly reintroduce it to test its consequences.
This can be very difficult for most people so I usually suggest to begin
by eating more raw whole foods. Getting plenty of alkalinity through
green salads and juices and preparing alternatives to your favourite
foods so that you’re prepared if you slip back into old habits.
Improving your digestion is also absolutely paramount. This is a whole
other topic but little things like “really” chewing your food and using a
digestive enzyme can make the world of a difference!
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