Have you ever wondered why some people crave sweet things more than salty things?
Or why you have a voracious appetite for greasy, deep-fried foods when you’re stressed out? You might be interested to learn that what we crave speaks volumes about the deepest needs of our souls.
Food addiction is something that billions of people throughout the world struggle with each day. In fact, a 2011-2012 report on obesity in the United States revealed that over one-third of Americans struggle with food addiction – that is a staggering 78.6 million people.
So in this article today we’re going to look at the top three most tempting foods and approach each with a holistic perspective.
3 Types of Food Addiction + Their Deeper Meaning
Take a moment to consider the following question: What types of food tempt you the most? Are you enticed by the chocolates in the lolly aisle of your local supermarket? Are you tantalized by salty chips, pretzels or mixed nuts? Or perhaps you can’t resist fast food, pork sausages and pizza?
Every craving we have is linked to some deeper physiological and psychological need, and often our strongest and most persistent cravings reveal a great deal about our emotional states.
What is your food addiction?
The stereotype of the lonely, emotionally unstable chocoholic reveals a lot about the essential meaning of sweet cravings. How many times have you turned to lollies, chocolate, or other sweet things to soothe and comfort yourself? How many times have you seen friends, family members and others in your social circle hoard away pop rocks, bubble gum, candy drops, sour worms and other types of candy as a “treat” or to get through a tough day?
I certainly know that I turn to sweets (particularly chocolate brownies and cheesecake) when I’m under a lot of emotional strain. The strange thing is that I’ve never questioned why I do this until recently. Inevitably, I’ve discovered that the cause lies in my resistance and refusal to wholly experience what I am feeling – no matter how uncomfortable. So eating sweet things ends up becoming like a refuge to me because they allow me to enjoy the sweetness of life again – but not a genuine sweetness, an artificial one.
Sweet food, therefore, becomes like a bandage that conceals a much deeper issue: the inability to fully face, experience, accept and embrace tough emotions like anger, betrayal, bitterness, shame and grief, replacing these feelings instead with a superficial layer of momentary pleasure.
Potential Lesson: Explore alternative ways of dealing with your emotions openly and honestly. You might like to try meditation, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, energy healing and many other avenues of alternative healing. Above all, practicing self-acceptance and non-resistance is the best way to completely experience and therefore completely heal from uncomfortable emotions.