Have any of you had weird cravings that you just cant beat? I been trying to beat them since god knows when I went and asked the doc why I was doing this weird stuff and shes like that's a part of having sickle cell, I looked at her then walked out of the office I thought it was a bunch of bull but looks like i was wrong my cousin eats weird things.
I am not sure how "wierd" your cravings are, but you should know that there is a condition called Pica.
Pica is a disorder characterized by cravings to eat non-food, non-nutritive substances. I have Pica, although I've mostly outgrown it. I ate all kinds of wierd crap. The only true craving that I have to date is for whole peppercorns, but when I was younger I used to eat foil, styrofoam, I sucked and chewed on wood, ate hair grease....drove my mother insane!
Some of the other non- food substances associated with Pica include clay, coal, soil, feces, chalk, paper, soap, mucus, ash, gum. Some of the non-nutritive substances include food ingredients such as flour, raw potato, raw rice, starch, ice cubes, salt...
Like Marcus, i had a thing for baby powder and also enjoyed....who am i kidding, ENJOY till this day eating table salt. I have a feeling the salt cravings are linked to the large amounts of water I drink. Instead of proportionally drinking water through-out the day like I should, I would drink 3quarts here and half a gallon there; so as a result my body's sodium levels are diluted telling my brain to find salt.
And even though I'm aware of this, I still seem to enjoy the taste of raw, table salt.
when I was younger (still young) but when i was like 12 i used to eat......chalk and baby powder... idk why but i used to crave it sooo much I think my mom suspected something but she never said anything.. my friend saw me one day and was like thats weird...
It was sooo embarrassing I was always hiding it..and my mom/brother asked why i always bought baby powder ....
Nope as long as its non toxic and not harmful to you, your fine ya my dad kept calling me weird only my sister knows i cant control my self so I just say what ever if I cant control it I wont bother hiding it. The chalk think I only did once I didn't like it so i was able to stop.
I don't do it anymore, but when I was a kid I too ate the foam from the iron board and the foam from mattress pads. I did it for a long time too, I really don't think I stopped until I was like 13. And even when I was old enough to know better and that its not good for me, I would still do it. It was almost like an uncontrollable urge. I don't remember doing this but my mother said when I was a kid I would constantly chew on my shirt sleeves and collar. She stayed having to buy me new shirts cause I would ruin them pretty quickly.
I also have to add, that I will occasionally eat uncooked pasta and oatmeal. I'm also big on salty foods I love sunflower seeds and eat them all the time. I have a cousin that eats corn starch, she will buy a box get a spoon and dig in. She doesn't have Sickle Cell though. Unfortunately I am the only one in my family with that.
I use to eat so many weird things when i was a pre-teen/child. I only recently found out that it was due to the fact that i have SS which causes my hemoglobin to be low. As a result i got weird cravings. I use to eat stuff from baby-power to sheet rock. Its really embarrassing when people find out because they teased me about it or i got in trouble for eating it. I stopped eating all sorts of weird stuff like sponge and chalk and stuff but i still eat ice. I can't seem to break that habit. I actually thought i was the only one eating stuff like that. My family is understanding to it because i've been doing it ever since i was a baby. They told me i use to just bit chunks of the sponge and eat it. I really love this site because i can share my experience with other people who are understanding about the things i go through or have went through.