For nearly five years, I’ve been fascinated by the subject of cravings, because after 14-plus years of almost no cravings, Crazy Cravings viciously attacked me after my mother died, following what I now call My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom.
While finding and creating Cravings-Crushing tactics to shed the 21 pounds I gained while healing from PTSD, anxiety, grief, etc., I became furious, embarrassed, exasperated, upset, endlessly (it seemed) frustrated and then utterly fascinated by the subject of cravings.
Initially, it took me two years to get the courage to publicly confess to My Crazy Carb Cravings and my weight gain.
But since my relapse five years ago, I’ve been intrigued by cravings.
Since I’m a journalist by training, the questions have been pouring in:
Why did I get such utterly ferocious cravings (what I call Crazy Cravings™) almost immediately after Mom passed away and after I’d stood by helplessly watching her fade away and get more and more angry and irrational?
In short, why did Crazy Cravings strike me with such intensity after My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom?
Sure enough, I discovered, people often gain weight after someone close to them dies. They do something that I call Heartbreak Bingeing™.
What about divorce? Does that lead to weight gain or loss? (Turns out, both things can happen.)
Then I conducted five surveys of people on my mailing list to find out more about your experiences. Sure enough, certain patterns emerged.