I’ve been thinking, wondering, cogitating, about this lately: Why do we crave the things we crave? I don’t mean the science behind it (like I learned from the book “The End of Overeating”). I’m wondering about what we are thinking in our heads, and feeling in our mouths, and yearning for in some indefinable place, that leads us to want a certain food in the moment. What is it about THAT particular food, that draws us.
For me, most often, it’s texture.
There is something for me about bread. And crackers. And dry cereal. It’s clearly a texture thing. I want something that in my mind is “something to chew.” Something dense, for lack of a better way to describe it. Not like an apple – not that chewing. Not crunchy, like chips. But the “bite down and sink my teeth into it” chew. I have no idea why. But it’s clearly what I look for over and over, when I “want” something.
Sure, sometimes I crave a particular taste instead. Like salty. Or sweet. Or, specially chocolate. Or something smooth and cold it it’s hot outside. But more often than not, it’s about that texture that I get from grains. As I write this, I’m trying to figure out what it is. And what words would accurately describe it. And how I feel when I am biting down on a bagel that I don’t feel when I’m biting down on something else. I wonder if it’s tied to gnashing my teeth, somehow, because I obviously like to do that, as evidenced by my little gum obsession and the fact that I grind my teeth when I sleep. Maybe it’s all a stress thing?
It really doesn’t matter. At least, I think it doesn’t matter. I’m just speculating. Ruminating. But as I write this I wonder if maybe it does? Matter, I mean. Could there be something behind what I crave that would bring my light bulb moment? My epiphany that would take me away from craving? I don’t know. And, maybe I don’t care. But it sure is curious to me that I crave that particular bite, that texture.
What do YOU crave? It is a certain food? A certain flavor? Or, like me, is it more about the texture? Any theories on why?