I went fantastically off the rails with Oreos last Tuesday, and I've been craving Oreos specifically ever since. This is bizarre to me because
- I usually get over food cravings within a day after a cheat. They don't linger.
- I usually crave sugar in general, not one specific food.
- When I do crave specific foods, it's usually smooth and creamy stuff like Nutella, ice cream, PB, etc. Not crunchy stuff like cookies.
The cravings are so vivid; I'm visualizing myself pulling the Oreo apart right down to exactly how the filling comes apart in the middle. I've been Paleo for over a year, but with a crazy history of binge eating issues. I haven't changed my diet or exercise in any significant way lately; I'm eating plenty of fat; I get a moderate amount of starch (about 1 potato per day, PWO) and salt; I'm eating plenty of calories. I'm eating a mostly Paleo diet (with some soaked/sprouted legumes) but with no nuts, fruit, carrots, beets, or winter squash (too much sugar).
What could cause this sort of recurring, consistent, specific craving, as opposed to the momentary "take a walk and they'll go away" kind? Is there even a difference?
asked byMaria_8 (4292)
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on May 08, 2013
at 04:03 PM
Likely some emotional connection/association. I use EFT (tapping) to help with these types of cravings.
For sugar cravings in general, Magnesium supplementation has helped a lot.
on May 09, 2013
at 12:29 AM
I know that when I have a long run without cheating, I start to be completely uninterested in non-Paleo food. Maybe the recent oreo binge just reminded you how DELICIOUS oreos are.... and so you are craving them specifically? Does having things handy make you binge or just eating one? If having thigs handy makes you binge, try making just one paleo oreo*. If just eating one makes you binge then just stay strong (and full- hungry+cravings= :( )!
on May 08, 2013
at 09:27 PM
if you are still binging on oreos, then you probably feel deprived in your diet right now. maybe add some fruit or nuts back in so you get that sweet craving satisfied. the paleo diet won't be sustainable if you are not happy on it.
on May 08, 2013
at 08:46 PM
This is really a fantastic question. First, despite what you see on pinterest and whatever "craving this? eat that" advice you get, most cravings are not caused by nutritional deficiencies or hormonal imbalances. Most specific food cravings of the type you are describing are environmental/psychological and driven by memories, beliefs, cognitive distortions, etc.
You're asking where the craving is coming from...this specific food craving that is different from your usual craving as its persistent, recurrent and for something of a different texture. The short answer is, we don't know. If you are interested in what to do about such a craving, then there are many things that research shows may help.
But as I emphasize in Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough , managing these sorts of cravings really has to do with what you are doing the 95% of the time that you are not craving rather than anything specific to do when you are craving, although I agree that distraction, certain smells, mindfulness approaches and even visualizing non-food items have all been shown empirically to reduce specific food cravings while you are experiencing them.
Often there are less-than-obvious stressors, unmet emotional needs, and other hidden factors that, if addressed, can really reduce your cravings. In other words, look at the rest of your life and not just your diet and fitness regime...usually that's where you'll discover the missing pieces.