Gotta have it. You may know the feeling. That screaming in your head, just grab the candy and eat it. Some of us have undeniable cravings at certain times of the day, week or month. For others, they strike when we are tired, stressed of bored.
But what’s behind these crazy cravings? Often it seems like we have no control, like our body is betraying us. We swear off the sugar-laden treats, knowing once we start munching, that our ability to just taste a few bites may be less than stellar.
There are so many theories, but many are based in well-researched studies. We do know that maintaining stable blood sugar is important. Some people seek dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that make us feel better, when their levels go down and sugar is indeed a quick jump-starter.
But is it an addiction? Well, it has not been classified in the DMS-V, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, that classifies all other addictions, but many become very irritable, shaky and even sweaty. While not having a true withdrawal, our body physically reacts to decreased sugar.
Luckily, there are many ways to manage this discomfort without giving in to constant sugar cravings and even better… you do not have to totally give up all sugar forever.