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We’ve all been there. Standing in front of the fridge, shoving the baby carrots aside, and reaching for the cheesecake instead. You’ve heard if you’re really hungry you’ll eat those carrots—or an apple—but the pull that cheesecake has on you . . .? It’s hard to resist that craving. So hard. If food cravings are affecting your life, you’re not alone.
Before we dive into everything you need to know about food cravings, the big questions are: Can we overcome food cravings? And if so, how? 
Maybe what you’re really asking yourself is: Should I feel guilty about eating that cheesecake because I wanted it so badly? (Hint: No!) 
When we know where food cravings come from, we can answer these questions and be more gentle with ourselves.
Let’s dive into how we can manage the battle against our irresistible food cravings.
Food cravings vs. hunger
When we really (really!) want to eat one specific food, that’s a craving. Food cravings are “frequent, intense, and irresistible desires to consume a particular type of food.”[1] Cravings start as soon as we think about that food. Sometimes we can’t stop thinking about it. The longing for that food can consume our thoughts and compel us to find and eat it, even if that means stopping what we’re doing and heading straight to the fridge, cupboard, or store right now.
I know for me, a strong food craving is for chocolate!
Hunger is different from cravings. With hunger, we want food, but it’s often a less intense feeling and just about any food will do. Hunger satisfies our basic need for sustenance. When we’re truly hungry, just about any food will satisfy us . . . at least temporarily (until the next hunger pang comes along).
Cravings, on the other hand, are when you could really go for that cheesecake [Oreos/potato chips/wine gums/peanut butter cups] and nothing else will do.[1,2]  You know what I mean, right?
What food cravings can do to us
It’s no surprise that food cravings can significantly impact us on physical, emotional and neurocognitive (brain) levels. For example, our cravings can hijack our brain’s reward systems, giving us so much pleasure when we act on them. This feeling can lead to overeating and, over time, this may contribute to excess weight and obesity.  https://www.nutritiousliving.ca/index.php/my-blog/item/420-inflammation-diabetes-heart-disease-and-excess-body-fat
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