Who doesn’t have food cravings?  We often think about cravings as a psychological phenomena.  An itch you can’t scratch.  But beating cravings isn’t as easy as practicing self-discipline, although that is an important aspect.  Food cravings can come from physiological issues as well as the mental/emotional pull. 

Desiring food as comfort can in itself be a symptom of food sensitivities or intolerance.  A food intolerance or sensitivity is an immune response to either immunoglobulin G (IgG) or immunoglobulin A (IgA).  Reactions to food could be delayed up to 48 hours after ingesting the food, which makes identifying the issue a challenge.  Regular stomach discomfort is caused by an inability to digest or metabolize a food completely.  Symptoms may include gas, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. 

Oddly enough, having an intolerance to a food may make you crave that food. Having a mild immune reaction to foods may act like an endorphin (e.g., runner’s high) in our bodies.

Once this runner’s high has passed there is an immediate sense of lack, which increases the craving for that food. It may be difficult to determine what is causing the craving as food sensitivities are often delayed.

NAET for Food Intolerance or Sensitivity

One of my favorite treatments is NAET.  NAET is a gentle treatment that I use every day for children and adults alike.  I use it frequently in my practice because it works.

Based on the ancient Chinese principals used for acupuncture and current theories of physics called interference, NAET uses acupressure to stimulate points on the body (called gatepoints).  It is a very effective treatment for food sensitivities as well as environmental allergies.  

A NAET treatment is 30 minutes.  While holding a sample of the substance that is causing reaction, gatepoints are stimulated on the hands, elbows, feet and ankles.  This allows the body to ‘get used to’ the substance that had previously been labeled as a threat.  Very young children (babies and toddlers) and people with immediate allergies use a surrogate to hold the substance.

After the treatment, avoid the substance for 24 hours.  This allows time for the allergen to clear the energetic pathways.  After that, children experience symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea much less frequently. 

The Sugar Craving Treatment via NAET treatment includes:

  • Sugar- by including this vial we lower the immune response to sugar thereby helping the cravings
  • Ghrelin-This hormone is produced in the gut and is known as the hunger hormone. It acts on the hypothalamus
  • Hypothalamus- Small region of the brain which is crucial for appetite control and releasing hormones

If you struggle with food cravings, consider NAET as a tool.  Read our testimonials of people who found relief from food sensitivities and intolerances.

Dr. Melanie MacLaren is a naturopathic doctor and registered yoga teacher who is passionate about natural health and the individualized needs of each of her clients.

Call 317-818-1800 to learn more about Dr. Melanie or request an appointment.