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What Are You REALLY Craving?

 

Do you ever self-medicate with carbs?  Do you feel addicted to sugar?  Watch this video to learn how carbs hijack our brain chemistry and why our emotions almost always win. 

We often eat without regard to physical hunger. What are you REALLY craving?

Rate your answers on a scale of 0-10, where zero means "hardly ever" and
ten means "all the freakin' time".

Do you eat when you’re stressed or when you have “chaos-brain”? _____

When you’re stressed out, your body produces high levels of cortisol which can trigger cravings for salty, sweet, and fried foods.

Do you stuff your emotions with food?_____

Numbing yourself with food can be a way to temporarily silence uncomfortable emotions including guilt, anger, resentment, and shame.

Do you eat when you’re not hungry or until you’re stuffed?____

Emotional eating isn’t located in your stomach. You may find yourself “hungry” within an hour of eating or “hungry” all the time.

Does food make you feel safe? Do you feel like food is your friend? _____

Weight can serve as a protective shield to keep us safe from unwanted attention or to keep us “invisible”.

Do you eat to feel better - to calm and soothe yourself? ____

We often nurture ourselves with food when we’re anxious, lonely, or bored because carbs stimulate “feel-good” chemicals in our brains.

Do you feel powerless or out of control around
food? _____

Some foods can be addicting. We may experience intense cravings and once we start eating it may be nearly impossible to stop.

Do you reward yourself with food? _____

Childhood patterns with food often carry into adulthood. You may feel like you deserve a treat, especially after a hard day.

Do you eat for entertainment or to relieve
boredom? ____

If you feel unfilled and empty, food can be a way to distract your from underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with your life.