90% of the women who see me have some sort of craving, such as sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed carbohydrates (e.g. packaged carbs), and chocolate. Not coincidentally, many of these women have a demon living inside their hearts of “not enoughness”….not pretty enough, not successful enough, not thin enough, not good enough…you get the picture. The bigger the craving, the bigger the belief.
How do the two go hand-in-hand? Let me give you an example: A woman came to see me who wanted to be in relationship and more successful in her career. She believed her weight was holding her back from achieving both. In looking at her life, I found that she often resorted to foods, especially sweets and carbs to fill the void she felt. She had the “not enough” blues…BIG time. Giving her a diet plan wasn’t going to do it. We needed to tackle the “not enough” beliefs she unknowingly agreed to a long time ago. But I’m not a therapist. We tackled the beliefs not by therapy, but by feeling the core of truth that lived deeper than the toxic beliefs she held. After that, we were able to create a plan that worked for her…step by step…small successes, but huge wins.
But there was one key ingredient that keep her going during the whole process: Serotonin.
Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that help us feel good and balances out our moods. Neurotransmitters are responsible for communicating the needs of the body between the brain and the nervous system. When serotonin levels are normal, we feel a sense of well-being, clarity, and contentment. We feel a increased sense of adequacy…enoughness. When serotonin levels are low, we may feel anxious, depressed, unmotivated, lethargic, and unable to concentrate. Eventually, all stimulants become depressants, and you begin a downward spiral of low energy, depression (subtle to major), and the blahs.
How do you help stop your cravings and bring a sense of enoughness and serenity to your life? The answer is to balance your serotonin levels. In my Whole Woman Empowerment program (see my website), here’s what I suggest to my VIPs (Vivaciously Important Person!): 1) Balanced nutrition (depends on your body type, metabolism, current condition, desires, constitution, etc.); 2) Balanced hormones (get a saliva test from me or a certified practitioner for your estrogen levels. If low, it could reduce Serotonin levels significantly). If this is the case, try Black Cohosh or bioidentical hormones (hormones are prescribed by a doctor; 3) A good multi-vitamin; 4) 300 mg. of St. John’s Wort in the morning and increase to 3X/day if needed; 4) 1,000 mg. 2X/day of essential fatty acids (esp. cod liver oil); 100 mg of 5HTP (turns into Serotonin). Also, it’s good to improve digestion too since 90% of your Serotonin lives in the gut. Also, getting at least 8 glasses of water/day, taking probiotics, good fiber, and eliminating food sensitivities are the basics essentials. Doing this will do your body and brain some good. Your cravings may also be due to imbalanced blood sugar levels, as well as other emotional states, but make sure you support your Serotonin levels while you’re investigating any deeper causes. You will be much happier for it as you transition from the “Not Enough” blues to “I Am Powerful!” joy.