Tell me if I'm crazy, but I feel like every time I get a food reaction (for me it is zero energy for days on end, sleeping almost all day, brain fog, anxiety, depression and sore joints) I also get really hungry and crave loads of carbs. I’ll be feeling in pain, but starving at the same time 🤣. Open the fridge and find it’s only the things that I know will only make me feel worse that stand out and get my attention 🤦♀️.  Not sure what sort of sorcery is at play here, but it’s hellishly evil 😈. Have recently been able to re-intro gluten and so this has made me a little more crazy at the wider options. Is this just me? And what do you do to get rid of this craving?  I will balloon at thus rate. Just got over a 6 day reaction and had some meat last night now back feeling low... We initially began the diet for behaviour - but as soon as we did a whole bunch of other problems also resolved (blood noses, ongoing congestion/runny nose/cough, rash to name a few). Another weird one is that our boy seems to feel hotter. As in he doesn't want to wear a jumper when the rest of us are cold lol - Clare

I have had the same reaction reintroducing gluten after years being gluten free. Haven't linked the craving to a reaction before though - Jen

But I found the same thing when I couldn't eat gluten... would eat gf pasta, rice and potato like it was going out of fashion – Clare again

Yes 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 It is the weirdest sensation ever to be both feeling terrible in your gut, yet be ravenously hungry (for all the wrong things too) 😭. My diet is quite unique as I’m been strict carnivore for nearly 4 years so when I reach for the wrong things, my main culprit will always be cheese 😭. In fact, I had a moment of weakness and stuffed my face full last night. Only problem,  there I was feeling better, just dead tired...but now I’m dealing with a reaction due to gorging 🤣. I’d say 95% of the time now, I’m able to refrain and just let the sensation pass, and remind myself that putting more food in just won’t help the problem. Fasting actually is the best thing you can do when you’re caught up in a reaction! - Fran

Sometimes I can’t tell whether I’m hungry or have an upset stomach or both – Deb

My 5yr old son often becomes very hungry when reacting to sals – Bec

Sue's comment: I've always found the foods you are most reluctant to give up are the ones most likely to affect you. As a temporary antidote for food intolerance reactions of any kind we generally take 1/2 tsp of soda bicarb in a half glass of water (half or less for children). It makes you feel better within a few minutes and the effects last for about an hour or two. But it should only be used occasionally (definitely NOT every day) because as well as hastening the excretion of food chemicals such as salicylates, this home remedy also hastens the excretion of essential nutrients. More in Fed Up page 222 and reference https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14428719/