By definition, a craving is a desire or longing for something, and craving the foods you used to eat is a natural part of the process of going gluten-free. In the first few weeks of the diet, your body begins calming down, no longer reacting violently to the gluten, paving the way for further restoration and healing. But you may be fighting the cravings.
Over the years of eating gluten-based foods, particularly your favorite baked goods, your palate became programmed to the taste of wheat in its many varieties. It’s no secret that wheat-based baked goods, whether physically in front of you or lingering in your thoughts, have the power to seduce the tummy and palate even when you’re not hungry. When beginning a gluten-free diet, the memory of the wheat foods you know and love will still be etched in your palate’s memory.
You’ll find that many gluten-free products taste different and have a different texture from what you’re used to. But you will find gluten-free foods that taste and feel good to you, and with time, your taste buds and olfactory system will adapt and your appreciation of the flavors and textures of gluten-free products will replace your craving for wheat. Then guess what? You may find yourself dealing with cravings for your favorite gluten-free foods!