Craving and the Toothbrush

I have noticed that whenever I crave some forbidden foods (carbs, sugary stuff etc.,) the more I crunch it, the more I want it.
Here is an idea: take a small bite and then, immediately, go brush your teeth.


  1. Yeah, I know there is this whole thing about how the body reacts to even a small amount of carbs, setting up a chain reaction that yields more craving. But in the short term, removing the taste from the mouth is very helpful; at least in stopping one from munching on a whole bag of cookies rather than ceasing after one.
  2. Taking time to go brush my teeth, if my craving was connected also with hunger, allows the food to start going down the pipes and messages of partial fullness to be sent back to the brain.
  3. And, of course, after chomping something sweet, brushing my teeth will help clean my mouth of the stuff bacteria thrives on.

Learned from: nowhere in particular – just chance self-observation


About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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2 Responses to Craving and the Toothbrush

  1. Smadar Katz says:

    I’ve suggested your toothbrush idea to some friend who suffers badly from that crave.
    He says he tried it and it helped for not more than a few momment.
    Do you happen to have another idea? He’ll be grateful…

    • Ronen says:

      There are several very different reasons for craving sweet, and accordingly, different approaches to stopping or reducing the need. What I mentioned in my blog post was merely but one minor method that works for a very specific scenario.
      The primarily question one should ask is what is the source of the craving, starting with whether its psychological or physiological. Under psychological there are also a few sub-categories e.g. comfort food, stress release, childhood deprivation, self-destruct behavior etc. For physiological there can be various triggers, most notably is having carbs earlier in the day which set in motion a chain reaction. But there can be other imbalances set by illness, physical exhaustion, and, of course, a mental situation such as stress that can translate into a physiological condition, throwing the body off balance. Each cause should be addressed differently.
      You can look at some other suggested methods in the following links, though these are just methods. Most importantly is to first identify the cause, and there may be more than one, or different ones at different times.

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