The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems

Taming Abnormal Cravings

November 15, 2022 Mary Lucero Season 2 Episode 3
The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems
Taming Abnormal Cravings
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Holiday obsessions with candy and baked goods for our families are filled with love and good intentions for most of us.  But for people who struggle with abnormally intense cravings, holidays and other food-filled social gatherings can provoke anxiety and exhaustion because the battle to maintain healthy eating habits becomes too intense.
In todays episode, we explore the evidence for biochemical imbalances that contribute to unruly appetites, and suggest nutritional and pharmaceutical strategies for coping with the cravings that influence diet selection.

Simple summary:
A New Treatment for Obesity highlights one example of a  glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) that is helping people manage weight by producing a feeling of satiety, or fullness.

A Handbook for Dealing with Sugar Cravings and Dependency: NCWC's Nutrition 101 Series  (affiliate link)

Comprehensive reference book (affiliate link):
Incretin Biology - A Practical Guide: Glp-1 and Gip Physiology. Take a deep dive into the latest science on GLP-1 through this comprehensive text.

Research publications:
Shah, M., Vella, A. Effects of GLP-1 on appetite and weight. Rev Endocr Metab Disord 15, 181–187 (2014).

Chavda et al. Tirzepatide, a New Era of Dual-Targeted Treatment for Diabetes and Obesity: A Mini-Review, Molecules 2022, 27(13), 4315;


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The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems Podcast Introduction by David Lucero.
Theme music by Zakhar Valaha 

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Some cravings are normal. But when food cravings interrupt your best efforts to maintain healthy weight, it may be time to seek help.
Biochemistry may be responsible for abnormal food cravings.
Unmanaged cravings contribute to the recognized epidemic of obesity.
Personal strubbles with weight and abnormal cravings began with an unhealthy childhood diet.
Medical recognition of obesity as a disease has increased with new research.
Good nutrition is the first line of defense for managing cravings.
When good nutrition isn't enough, new medications may offer hope.