By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
I never had to be concerned about learning how to stop cravings or reduce my weight when I was growing up. Honestly, back then, I did not even know what a food craving was. When I was in college, living on my own, and had to eat on a small budget, my weight stayed around 120.
As the years went on, I had two children and started to go through hormone changes, life changes, and now weight changes! Suddenly, this 120-pound gal but not 120 anymore, and I was hangry a lot. Part of the weight and hormone changes has to do with food cravings! Why was I so hungry? What changed? I had to figure out how to stop cravings, or my weight would keep going up.
In my practice, I hear daily from female patients that they want to stop their food cravings in their tracks but don’t know how! Women, I understand how you feel and what you want! I have mastered this, and you can too.
How to stop cravings: I had to learn the hard way that our body makes certain hormones that make food cravings worse. I struggle just like you, trying to keep cravings down and get a handle on my hormones so the weight stays down and the cravings don’t rule me.
The first hormone that causes cravings is called LEPTIN! I regularly hear from many of my female patients that they are OK from 7 am – 4 pm, and then IT happens! They get crazy cravings and not just for unhealthy food, they eat healthy food too, and they cannot stop! Sure, many crave bread, pasta, and sugar, but some also crave healthy foods. The problem is they are overeating and need to stop cravings overall, in their track! One way to do this is by getting your leptin levels checked and balanced out! Leptin is made in fat cells, and the higher your leptin, the more fat you will have and the hungrier you will be! And of course, high leptin can lead to inflammation, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. Leptin can show up in a thyroid test by raising Reverse T3 levels, which interferes with proper thyroid function.
Another hormone that needs to be low so we can stop cravings is INSULIN. Insulin is made in the pancreas and is the primary hormone responsible for blood sugar balance. We have seen hemoglobin A1C normal to borderline high, glucose a little high, and the person still feels like a mess! When a person has food cravings, insulin is often high (anything over a 10 is too high, and over a 19 is very high). Insulin makes you feel HUNGRY or even HANGRY! High insulin can happen to anyone! When too many foods have been eaten that convert to sugar, it creates high insulin levels, which lead to sugar cravings, leading to weight gain and more cravings. It is another nasty hormone we need to control to stop cravings.
Know Your Numbers: One crucial thing that I teach is knowing your numbers when you eat. No, it is not calorie counting but learning what #s are in food. Knowing exactly how much protein, net carbs, fiber, fat to eat in each meal and in a day will help you stop cravings, burn fat and lose the weight you want. Want to learn more? I am so happy to help you reach your goals! Book your virtual health appointment today!
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