“Why Do I Crave Cokes?”

Although we live under Grace in this age and can pretty much do as we please with our physical bodies, we would do well to note that bodies are NOT our own. We were bought at a price.

Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own for you have been bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthian 6:19,20)

Christians prefer not to be a slave to any idol, even food. So why do some crave colas and other sugary drinks while others won’t touch the stuff?

thAN5J2C0SIt is a scientific fact that God designed each of us with a slightly different chemical make-up. It’s called DNA. Due to the fact that were are all chemically unique, our brains crave different nutrients. That’s why some crave saltier items like pretzels or potato chips while others crave chocolate and sweets.

Physically speaking, some crave food for needed energy. If you’ve been overworked or overstressed, your body wants instant energy and the sugar and caffeine would restore that energy level quickly. Sugars are released in your body in about 15 minutes. (Green tea would be a good energy substitute.)

Caffeine is also a drug and although okay in moderation, is addictive and washes away valuable B vitamins and other valuable nutrients. Lacking nutrients, you are hungry again. it’s a vicious cycle.

If you consume a nutritionally balanced diet, you’re naturally more energetic and derive your chemical energy from whole foods. Therefore craving junk food isn’t a desirable practice.

But why do some become addicted to Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) and Sucralose (Splenda) drinks?

These products change body chemistry, raising blood sugar levels and producing miserable side effects. Personally, having experienced adverse reactions, I totally avoid them. And I’m not alone as many of my patients have complained of shakiness, heart palpitations, skin rashes, stomach and kidney pains after consuming any product containing these artificial sugars.

Artificial drinks also tend to make one hungrier. There seems to be a connection between the ghrelin – leptin hormonal metabolic insulin response. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells you you’re hungry while Leptin shuts off the “I’m hungry” response. Recent scientific studies have shown that  these chemicals can interfere with the leptin cut off lever, leaving a person desiring more food. artificial sugars

So if artificial sugars defeat the purpose of losing weight, then why risk additional health concerns by using these chemically produced items you can’t pronounce? The body doesn’t recognize these chemicals as food, therefore it cannot detoxify them so they remain in your liver forever.

Still crave cokes? It could be a comfort response too. We all eat for emotional reasons as well as physical. That’s why certain foods such as chocolate, ice cream and mac and cheese are called “comfort” foods. If you shared sodas with friends when younger, you might miss those friendships. Drinking a coke brings back a great memory! Or it simply makes you feel happy – and who wants to give up THAT feeling? By the way, I create my own sodas with carbonated flavored water (without artificial sweeteners) with a good quality fruit juice. Refreshing and it contains a few nutrients.

Bottom line: I urge you not to believe false advertising which only benefits the manufacturers of these products. These people don’t care about your body as God does. Aspartame and Splenda were created by chemists. My food was created by God. Before you purchase, research the ingredients.  If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it!

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on ““Why Do I Crave Cokes?”

  1. It’s crazy how we allow ourselves to become slaves to something. I was never a Coke drinker but I was sure a Pepsi – holic – drinking anywhere from 3 to 8 cans of pop every day. After 40 when I started keeping on the weight, I switched to Diet Pepsi to save calories but continued on with my addition for several more years. Finally when God showed me how to control my life instead of allowing my life to control me, I was able to let go of this crazy habit and now I drink a lot of water and natural juices. He can help us become strong where we are weak!

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  2. Knocked this out of the park! Great article from all 3 angles, which we are, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Appreciate the part of how we are somewhat unique creations with individual DNA. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we also are specially created and designed, based on that why would we want to mess that up.

    Psa 139:14
    I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

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    • mmmmm, 🙂 perhaps I must change this to ALL colas? Ha! Seriously thank you for the comment and am convinced you knew what I meant – (because I don’t remember that commercial) Coke has become such a generic term for soda. And remember most soda contains about 9 teaspoons of sugar per 12 ounces. Anything in moderation my friend, God is good and allows us plenty of freedom. I appreciate you. Blessings,

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  3. Thanks for stopping by mine 🙂
    Excellent post~! I can’t help but munch on chippies and sweets from time to time but definitely have become wiser and choose the better quality ones~
    Cheers~

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  4. A very great post, I learnt so much new. I am glad to have come across your wonderful blog. I shall be excited for more from you. Take care, best wishes and regards 🙂

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