Would this be a possilbe solution to my junk food cravings?

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Registered: 12-14-2009
Would this be a possilbe solution to my junk food cravings?
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Sun, 08-12-2012 - 4:06pm

For as long as I can remember my junk food cravings have just been out of control and I don't know what to do and it's just been a real source of depression for me particularly because here's the catch, I'm not worried about my weight, I believe my worry about my food intake is unique from most others, the thing is that I've read that junk food can weaken the brain and lower creativity and I'm worried I may lose my creative mind and ability to see things the way I do and focus on my thoughts, so I've just been so desperate, one idea that's been going on in my mind for a while is to have a tube feeding so I'd get only healthy fluids through a feeding tube, thus relieving hunger and providing only healthy acids and fluids by way other than oral consumption so I won't be hungry and crave for junk, because I've tried and tried making myself switch to health foods but once I ate it the boring taste just made me crave junk food all the more. Is a feeding tube a reasonable solution to my problem? Thanks.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008

Hi Male,

In my opinion it is not a good solution to your junk food cravings. I think a better alternative would be to work on substituting good healthy options for your junk food cravings. You stated that healthy foods are boring, have you tried various spices and textures? What kind of things are you trying to substitute for. Maybe we can help you. 

I have been reading about people using feeding tubes and it seems to me an expensive, temporary fix rather than a real solution. 

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

Wow, if you find healthy foods boring, how do you think you'd feel about a feeding tube?  Explore healthy food options more--fresh fruits and vegetables in season are great.  Baked chickpeas are like nuts.  Roasted vegetable chips like kale and brussel sprouts are awesome.  Don't cut out all junk food but start out w/ a good serving of something healthy. I find that people who cut out their favorite foods end up splurging uncontrollably. The key is to enjoy them in moderation, along with a bulk of good foods.






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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998

Perhaps the solution is to find the source of the junk food cravings and work on that. If you are craving certain foods for emotional reasons (loneliness, boredom, etc) then you could still get cravings regardless of your method of food intake. If you crave certain flavors or textures (salty, the feel of fats on the tongue) you would still want those things even with the tube feeding. What would stop you from just eating those foods when you get the cravings?

I assume that you're referring to the feeding tube through the nose diet that was in the news a few months ago? Would you be able to live your normal life walking around with a tube in your nose and a bag of nutrition solution? Isn't the feeding tube diet used only for short term weight loss?

The money spent on the feeding tube regime could instead be spent on hiring a nutrtionist or personal chef to work with you to develop a meal plan consisting of healthy foods that satisfy the flavors and textures that you crave from junk food.

 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

Great advice.  Plus, unless you're willing to walk around w/ the tube forever, you'd eventually go back to your normal way of eating and gain all the weight back.






iVillage Member
Registered: 05-09-2002
Have you tried Paleo eating/primal eating? Cravings feed off each other. so once you remove the sugar from your diet, after a few days, you won't crave it as much anymore. Paleo may seem extreme, but a feeding tube is literally opening you up for disaster/infection.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

I definitely believe there's a psychology state associated with cravings.  This was a good recent article about food cravings. They did find that cravings aren't related to nutritional deficiencies. It makes sense, though--most of us are deficient in vegetables but we rarely hear people say they crave a bowl of spinach. But, they do crave Doritos!

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443995604578002253859884598.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLE_Video_Top#project%3DHEALTHCOL0918%26articleTabs%3Darticle