Dr. Oz: What Your Cravings Say About You
Dr. Oz talked about what your food cravings say about you. He talked to expert Alexandra Jamieson, who said our cravings are there to tell us that there’s something going on with our bodies.
Dr. Oz: Keep a Cravings Log
Alexandra started by keeping a cravings log. She wrote out exactly what she craved and when and how she was feeling when she craved it. She wanted to find out what causes cravings and how she could overcome them.
She said when we have a craving, we should take a moment to examine how our feelings triggered the craving.
Dr. Oz: Salt Cravings & Anger
Alexandra said that when we crave salty and crunchy things like potato chips, this is commonly associated with anger. We hold a lot of tension in our bodies and crunching something is satisfying for getting rid of it.
Dr. Oz: Sweet Cravings & Comfort
Sweet cravings, like cookies, are associated with comfort. You may have made cookies when you were younger with someone that you really loved. Sweet foods help us calm down and provide instant comfort. Over the long term, though, this craving can get us into trouble.
Dr. Oz: Cheesy Carbs & Loneliness
Cravings for things that are creamy and carb-rich, like mac and cheese, often mean loneliness. This helps quiet our feeling of disconnection and loneliness.
Alexandra said when we reach to satisfy a craving, it’s not messing up on our diet. It’s us reacting to a craving without listening and learning how to help ourselves react in a healthier way.
Dr. Oz: How to Beat Cravings
Alexandra said to beat our cravings, we should chew slowly. Keep chewing until it’s mostly liquid. This brings an element of pressure to it and will help you savor your food, rather than consume it.
Irene followed Alexandra’s advice for a few days and she thought it was a big eye-opener. She found herself eating a lot less. She wasn’t even able to finish a plate.
Alexandra Jamieson’s new book is called Women, Food, and Desire and it’s out now.