Can’t control your cravings? Don’t blame yourself

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Our taste buds, hormones, and brain chemistry have been hijacked with the food and technology that has shaped our food habits. Sugar, processed food, flour and bad fats are the major culprits here.
We often blame ourselves and our lack of willpower to control our cravings, specially when we fall sick or develop weight problems.The truth is, it’s not our fault. Craving food is not the sign of an emotional eating disorder. It’s a real biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel cravings.

Our taste buds, hormones, and brain chemistry have been hijacked with the food and technology that has shaped our food habits. Sugar, processed food, flour and bad fats are the major culprits here. These lead to a disturbance in our gut microbiome, hormones, nutrients and neurotransmitters that control hunger and blood sugars. The result is imbalanced blood sugar levels and food cravings.

Most people crave carbohydrates and sugar — leading to uncontrolled overeating. From a heightened caffeine addiction to constantly consuming flour-based items and sweet foods, many people feel trapped in poor eating behaviour and diet patterns. This in large part explains why we are not only seeing an epidemic of type 2 diabetes and obesity but also heart disease, hypertension, Alzheimer’s and many common cancers.
But there’s good news! The corrections can lead to almost immediate effects and transform our eating behaviour. It is important to first identify some of these factors. While sugar, flours, processed foods and trans fats are known, the role of wheat, certain other grains and dairy is relatively new. Nutrients and other non-nutrient elements of our food like proteins, good fats, Chromium, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc, B-vitamins, enzymes and fibres all contribute to balancing blood sugar levels and correcting imbalances.

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