5/6 – How can I use my brain to control my cravings? by admin2 | May 6, 2011 | Insider Health | 1 comment We thought our readers would appreciate some helpful advice from our good friend Dr. Daniel Amen on how to best control you cravings. – BT ———————— —————————————— khendra on May 7, 2011 at 4:52 am Fascinating interview. Dr. Amen sounds like a nicely balanced FCIR type if I’m not mistaken in my assessment. For me, as a type 1 diabetic instead of the *MUCH* more common type 2 form (90-97% of diabetics), I’m far more acquainted with low blood sugar than most, which is especially hard for me to tackle when exercising (athletic endeavors almost always send me crashing even if I have a complex carb, like wheat, beforehand). I get low a lot because of my extreme control of highs, which I don’t like at all and which make me feel sicker than some of my Front-brained and Right-brained relatives with type 2 who seem to be oblivious to highs! Furthermore, I would die without insulin whereas type 2 diabetics can get it if they exercise and/or eat less (in my skinny BCIL mom’s type 2 form, hers is likely the result of genetics, age, and lack of exercise in her weakened, elderly COPD state rather than a dietary cause, because she is like me and feels high blood sugar far more acutely than other types even if she does like chocolate and sweets a bit more than me). For me, if I have any cravings, they are salt-related. I love salt. The woman chocolate stereotype is something I can’t understand; I’m largely indifferent toward chocolate and other sugars, especially as I’ve gotten older (I lost most interest in sweets in my early teen years). While I’m not like the last lady in the interview who has a weight issue in addition to the salt cravings (she’s 220 whereas I’m 5’2″ and 115), I like salty shrimp, salty broccoli, and other nice, nutritious, bland foods that taste even better with salt. I find sugar far too rich in most cases, except when I’m low and can actually use the simple sugars to bring up my sugar levels quickly. It’s interesting Dr. Amen connects salt love that with chronic stress and adrenal fatigue (I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in addition to type 1 diabetes). Mine isn’t from childhood over-indulgence of salt, but perhaps from zinc deficiency? Maybe I should take zinc supplements! Omega 3s can work wonders, too, as pointed out here. I don’t take them every day since I like fish, but they are nice for mental and energy level balance either way even if you’re like me and have very “low” triglycerides and cholesterol compared to the more common high triglycerides and cholesterol in the overweight and/or type 2 diabetic populace. Submit a Comment Click here to cancel reply. Please Login to Comment.