The Truth about Cravings

The Truth about Cravings

Many of you have uncontrollable cravings for sugar. Every few hours you must have something sweet or your mood drops, making you feel depressed. You have tried everything to quit sugar – diets, counselling, support groups; but nothing has worked long term.

By Shivani Adalja

Published: Sat 15 Mar 2014, 1:36 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:11 PM

In a few days you are back to munching on chocolates and baklavas. Deep down you know you have a problem, but what can you do? Many of you are closet sugar eaters. You only eat when no one is around. That way you feel less guilty.

I get visits from many clients who want to quit their addiction to sugar but don’t know how. In most cases I find a pattern that helps me to understand the cravings and the need for eating sweet food items. To understand any kind of food cravings we must first understand how does it start and what inner void the food is trying to fill.

To understand these cravings, we need to go deep down at the energy level and know what triggers the bingeing. In the chakra system, the second chakra controls some very important aspects of life and is the seat of self-identity, emotions, and expectations. Just above the second chakra is the third or the naval chakra that controls the thought process and the intellect. When these two chakras are out of alignment, you are likely to develop cravings and eat unhealthy foods.

Second chakra develops blockages when there is emotional turbulence in your life. Events such as divorce, physical abuse, emotional trauma and feelings of loneliness throw this chakra out of balance and lead to unusual cravings.

On the other hand, any kind of mental stress and inability to cope emotionally and mentally creates stagnant energy in the third chakra. Both these chakras are located in lower and upper abdomen, in the middle of the digestive system. Therefore any kind of disturbance in these two chakras directly affects the eating habits and the digestion. This could eventually lead to weight gain.

The best way to control sugar cravings is by balancing the second and the third chakra. This can be done in a variety of ways – through hypnosis, specific meditations focused on two chakras and through the daily practice of yoga. Getting rid of unwanted emotional feelings and moving on in life also helps with eliminating unusual food cravings. Emotional cleansing also works wonders for getting rid of the need to eat sugar constantly.

So next time you are craving a cookie or a piece of cake, ask yourself, “ Am I craving sugar because I am hungry or because I am upset?”

Shivani Adalja is a Dubai-based well-being expert. She runs the Alignment Insitute which offers effective solutions that focus on stress management and overall wellbeing. Email

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