Cravings Come from ImbalanceAll cravings are a sign of an imbalance. A balanced, content person feels satisfaction. Many cravings, including hunger, are natural and normal, however all cravings arise from dissatisfaction and deficiency. Many people believe that cravings come from the tongue, but they come from organs and tissues that stimulate the taste buds. Clients come to my office drinking coffee because they "like the taste." I ask them to list their ten favorite foods and check the ones they consume daily. Usually the only food checked is coffee. I ask them to remember their first taste of black coffee which was inevitably unpleasant. What changed? It's possible that the body learns to like coffee without our conscious participation because of its effect on our metabolism. Life craves energy.
Sometimes these cravings are restorative, guiding you to the right foods your body needs. Other times, they are pathological. For example, people with weak kidneys crave coffee. People with weak lungs crave cigarettes. People with weak livers crave alcohol. People with low metabolism crave sweets. These kinds of cravings stimulate the deficient organ instead of restoring it. The best way to restore deficient organs is by treating them gently and identifying the cause of strain.
Finding the source of cravings is more complex than it first appears. Usually, behind the deficient organ is a behavior, lifestyle, or personality trait or psychological trauma affecting them. The ego may stubbornly cling to old behavior patterns. Elminating the craving might require a psychological as well as a physical restoration.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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