Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 20 comments on the Dec 7, 2007, GoErie.com story titled Why do I often crave eating clay?. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Q I have a habit that I have developed off and on for the past two years. I love the taste of clay.

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Corn strach eater

Woodbridge, VA

#1529 May 24, 2012
fie wrote:
Hi all
@Craving clay,no I'm also still on the challenge it's day 86 for me now without eating clay,I stopped eating clay since February!!!!!OLA
That's great I know it's hard. What kind of clay did u eat?

Since: May 12

UK

#1530 May 24, 2012
All things clay wrote:
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Hope your test results good, wish you all the best.
I know how worrying it could be. I worry sometimes, especially when I try a new clay, wondering whether it contains anything harmful. Still doesn't stop me eating it though. I am very careful where I eat, food hygiene etc.(word we use here is scornful) but I'd take clay from wherever I can find it when I don't know who has handled it or if their hands were clean, whether it came from a clean place or what it could possibly be contaminated with. Shows the power of this type addiction (which is what I suppose it is).
Lololol!!! I have stopped worrying about the handling of clay ie if it's been contaminated or not.... after all it is 'soil' we are eating...!:)
My results are out next week Friday, so will let you know..... Fingers crossed... No Lead!!!! Lol

Since: May 12

UK

#1531 May 24, 2012
All things clay wrote:
Oh, Worried Clay Addict, how long has it taken the supplements to work to ease the cravings?
Actually after a couple of days or so...!!! I couldn't believe it!!! I actually went 4 straight days without clay or the thought of it!!!!
In fact, it feels like Its out of habit rather than craving....!!!
Also check ur blood levels, I was found to be anaemic hence the GP placing me on the supplement...!
A common belief amongst people from the eastern part of Nigeria is that Nzu is linked to Anaemia in people who are addicted to it....basically if your body is lacking Iron, the craving for Nzu will be profound and persistent...

Since: May 12

UK

#1532 May 24, 2012
Chalk lover wrote:
Hi all,
I haven’t been on here in I while. But I did say I would try and stop eating the Clay and DE mix and inform you of the results.
It didn’t work. I found I was just going back to eating the same sugary and oily foods that caused the clay cravings. So, eating raw foods and the ‘normal cooked foods’ was not helping my cravings.
Thank the Lord, I found something great and encouraging.
Fasting.
During the Easter holiday I went on a 7 day fast. I only drank water for 7 days – no food at all. I did some research and found out that water fasting allows the body to reset, replenish and heal itself. As it’s not using most of its energy on digestion. After the fast I ate mono meals of one type of fruit. Day 1 after fasting I ate a very small amount of water melon 3 times during the day. Day2 I ate water melon for breakfast and dinner and tomatoes for lunch. Day 3 I ate grapes and tomatoes. I gradually increased the portion sizes. I also began to include more raw fruits and veg. I had simple salad – no dressing – of tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce. Then I included more raw foods like olives, nuts, dried fruit, raw crackers, raw bread, raw biscuits. Finally I added vegan cooked foods like sausages, burgers, cheese (dairy free). Whole grain foods, pasta, and different grains like spelt flour, quinoa, millet, bulgar wheat etc.
It has now been about 7 weeks after I completed the 7 day fast and praise Jesus, I have not craved or eaten any clay, DE, chalk whatsoever. The Lord has given my body the chance reset itself. I feel like my body has a clean slate. And I’m only putting ‘clean, natural, pure foods’ in it and not ‘dirty foods’ to dirty the ‘clean slate’.
I am now more conscience of what foods I put in my body. I have replaced a lot of food.
Before fast: dairy chocolate, crisps, cooked foods, processed carbohydrates, fruit, veg,
After fast: raw chocolate, raw crisps, mainly raw foods, vegan cooked foods, a variety wholegrain carbohydrates (but limited amounts – not daily), fruit and veg – organic where possible.
Sugar and oil is very limited, as they are what caused the clay cravings for me. In-fact I only have naturally occurring sugars in fruits etc – which don’t cause the clay cravings. I also tend to buy raw cakes and vegan cakes where processed sugar is not used.
I only drink water and plain herbal teas, occasionally I would drink fruit juice (not from concentrate).
Due to fasting I have a deeper appreciation for food and the body which the Lord has given to me. I want to treat the holy temple right – how God intended.
Thank you Jesus, for allowing me to go through, conquer, and share my experience and victory with others. I pray that this will help someone who is struggling with the clay addiction.
Well Done, Sis!!! There's nothing Our Lord Jesus Cannot do!!!! I will praying He answers my prayers and Blesses me with that 'daughter of mine'.... Sooooon!! Amen !:-)
Chalk lover

Birmingham, UK

#1533 May 25, 2012
swabbi wrote:
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Hi chalk lover, I am so proud of you. I just wish I had the will power to do that. but with your words of encouragement is making me think. thank you.
Thanks Swabbi, hope you are well. With God all things are possible.
Chalk lover

Birmingham, UK

#1534 May 25, 2012
DIRT LOVER wrote:
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WOW!! What an inspiration!! Was the 7 day water fast difficult and did you lose any weight?? If so how much?? Also did you see any improvement in your skin??
Hi Dirt Lover, The first couple of days were ok but on the fourth day I was extremely tired and my calf muscles felt heavy - my mom being a nurse checked my blood pressure and it was really low so I had some herbal tea with some honey. That really boosted my energy levels and I went on fine just drinking water until the 7 days. I thought about food a lot especially simple fruit and veges - just raw. It's funny, I did not crave clay or think about eating any at all during the fast. When I did try to think about it I only thought negatively like 'I really don't want it any more, or , why did I even eat it'. It just didn't appeal to me at all on the fast and hasen't since either. I did loose weight. I didn't notice at first until someone said so. As my only reason for fasting was to stop the clay addiction. The weight loss was an added bonus. I went down to 6 1/2 stones I was about 8 1/2 I think. But now I've put on about a stone so I'm 7 1/2 - 8 stone max. This is perfect for my height 4ft 10.(anything over 8 1/2 stone is overweight and under 6 1/2 is underweight so I'm just in the middle. Eating less cooked foods and more raw helps with keeping my weight on track. I have seen some improvement in my skin, it is still clearing though. If I had fasted for longer there would have been more improvement. By eating more raw fruit and veg I should see better results. I wish I hadn't eaten that DE because that's what gave me the spots. I do want to fast again later on in the year or early next year, just to give my system a good clean and rest. I still have a load of DE and Kaolin in the house just sitting there. So I know I am fully off the stuff. Any one who wants me to send them some just let me know. I might start selling it on e-bay. I would try different clays again but it's like the fasting has just taken away the need to have it. Maybe my body is lacking nothing now like iron and other nutrients, due to good food and giving the body time to rest. Hope this helps.
Take care and God bless
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#1535 May 25, 2012
Worried Clay Addict wrote:
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Actually after a couple of days or so...!!! I couldn't believe it!!! I actually went 4 straight days without clay or the thought of it!!!!
In fact, it feels like Its out of habit rather than craving....!!!
Also check ur blood levels, I was found to be anaemic hence the GP placing me on the supplement...!
A common belief amongst people from the eastern part of Nigeria is that Nzu is linked to Anaemia in people who are addicted to it....basically if your body is lacking Iron, the craving for Nzu will be profound and persistent...
That's great, that only a couple of days had an impact on your cravings. I know that I'm anaemic too. I should take iron supplements every day, but they seem to have a negative affect at times so I prefer to rely on iron-rich food rather than supplements all the time. Even when I have taken supplements daily never really affected my cravings much though. My goal is to try supplements consistently for say a month to see what happens.

Problem is I think I'm psychologically addicted as well - I have to have my stuff when stressed and at certain times of the day. Or could there be a physiological reason for that? Wish I understood this 'condition' better!
mzlibra

United States

#1536 May 25, 2012
Stressed right now!!!!! Its cornstarch for me!!!!!!!
Corn strach eater

Woodbridge, VA

#1537 May 26, 2012
mzlibra wrote:
Stressed right now!!!!! Its cornstarch for me!!!!!!!
When u get stressed u eat corn starch I do the same thing. How much do u eat like a box a day?
mzlibra

United States

#1538 May 26, 2012
No I don't eat a whole box in a day.....that's a lot for me. I would say like a glass full.....I sip on it now like I'm drinking it.....sounds crazy I know. This box I decided to use a straw from watching YT with the lady that used a straw while eating argo gloss laundry starch. I always wondered how that taste.
Corn strach eater

Ashburn, VA

#1539 May 27, 2012
mzlibra wrote:
No I don't eat a whole box in a day.....that's a lot for me. I would say like a glass full.....I sip on it now like I'm drinking it.....sounds crazy I know. This box I decided to use a straw from watching YT with the lady that used a straw while eating argo gloss laundry starch. I always wondered how that taste.
I don't think that's crazy when I was eating it that's what I use to do taste so good like that. But u eat it alot faster like that to.
Chalk lover

Birmingham, UK

#1541 May 27, 2012
Worried Clay Addict wrote:
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Well Done, Sis!!! There's nothing Our Lord Jesus Cannot do!!!! I will praying He answers my prayers and Blesses me with that 'daughter of mine'.... Sooooon!! Amen !:-)
Thanks, with Jesus all things are possible. I will be praying for you too. God bless
mzlibra

United States

#1542 May 27, 2012
U r so right Cornstarch eater.......I have been enjoying my cornstarch with a straw much better than with a spoon. Thanks to you its my 2nd box of the Walmart brand. I went to another grocery store this morning and they were out of Argo. I went to my aunt's house and she keeps Argo cornstarch. So of course I had some and I tell u what I didn't like the taste. I had 3 tablespoonful full and I was like yuck. No more Argo for me I don't think. As soon as I got back home I headed for my Walmart brand.
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#1543 May 27, 2012
mzlibra wrote:
U r so right Cornstarch eater.......I have been enjoying my cornstarch with a straw much better than with a spoon. Thanks to you its my 2nd box of the Walmart brand. I went to another grocery store this morning and they were out of Argo. I went to my aunt's house and she keeps Argo cornstarch. So of course I had some and I tell u what I didn't like the taste. I had 3 tablespoonful full and I was like yuck. No more Argo for me I don't think. As soon as I got back home I headed for my Walmart brand.
Have to get myself some straws!

Tell me, the Argo you don't like now - is that the box or the container? I don't think I've ever had Walmart brand, will have to look for it when I travel next. How do you think it's better? Are you able to describe the taste, texture? I love my Argo in the box, but always looking to try something better!

Missing my DE - probably get some tomorrow and try to control myself with it.
mzlibra

United States

#1544 May 27, 2012
Hi ATC! Yeah u have to get some straws.....well the container of argo the taste just didn't do it this time. The argo in the box I've had once. It was good. But I tell u the Walmart brand is awesome. The taste is very dry the texture is very smooth. I was thinking of dumping a whole box in a bowl and drinking with a straw. I'm wondering if it will change the taste. I put some in a plastic bag and waited for a couple of days to eat it. The taste was drier. I'm trying to find out different ways to eat cornstarch. I was thinking about baking some in the oven and then sitting it out for a few days....I've never tried DE
Rock

Hyderabad, India

#1545 May 28, 2012
I have bought white dirt. I live in india and white dirt here is called as' KHADI'
I have mixed white dirt with water and I want to mould it into egg shapes and then I want to bake it in order to eat them!!!!!!
Can sum body help me wid this?????
Rock

Hyderabad, India

#1546 May 28, 2012
Ant body from India , known to white dirt????
Corn strach eater

Woodbridge, VA

#1547 May 28, 2012
mzlibra wrote:
Hi ATC! Yeah u have to get some straws.....well the container of argo the taste just didn't do it this time. The argo in the box I've had once. It was good. But I tell u the Walmart brand is awesome. The taste is very dry the texture is very smooth. I was thinking of dumping a whole box in a bowl and drinking with a straw. I'm wondering if it will change the taste. I put some in a plastic bag and waited for a couple of days to eat it. The taste was drier. I'm trying to find out different ways to eat cornstarch. I was thinking about baking some in the oven and then sitting it out for a few days....I've never tried DE
Putting it in the oven is the worst I didi not like it tell me what u think after u do it.
cat

Dyersburg, TN

#1548 May 28, 2012
God can brake your strongholds on cornstarch, DE, clay or whatever the enemy wants us to keep eating this stuff. Yes it feels good to eat it but its sum thing that is missing in or body an who know us like God.. lady's pls lets get close to God I myself fight with this an have prayed on an about it, read books on it told myself I would stop to only make it for a day sometimes a hour. I'm 36 an the doctor say I may not be able to have children (sad). I see that when I eat cornstarch I would have painful periods an can't keep any food down 3days I'm in pain an crying that I will leave the stuff right in the store I would pray an as long as I was praying I could walk by it an not want it my spirit would remind me of the pain. I'm pretty sure most beloved in the beloved Jesus Christ? If we can pray for money love an children (ect) then I know we can pray on this.. we can do this in the name of Jesus Christ. God bless
Corn strach eater

Ashburn, VA

#1549 May 29, 2012
cat wrote:
God can brake your strongholds on cornstarch, DE, clay or whatever the enemy wants us to keep eating this stuff. Yes it feels good to eat it but its sum thing that is missing in or body an who know us like God.. lady's pls lets get close to God I myself fight with this an have prayed on an about it, read books on it told myself I would stop to only make it for a day sometimes a hour. I'm 36 an the doctor say I may not be able to have children (sad). I see thatwhen I eat cornstarch I would have painfulperiods an can't keep any food down 3days I'm in pain an crying that I will leave the
stuff right in the store I would pray an as long as
I was praying I could walk by it an not want it my
spirit would remind me of the pain. I'm pretty
sure most beloved in the beloved Jesus Christ?
If we can pray for money love an children (ect)
then I know we can pray on this.. we can do this
in the name of Jesus Christ. God bless
Hello u are so right prayer is key and we all can do it. What is it that u eat clay corn strach or de just wanted to know I to have been trying to have a baby and it's nor happening wanted to ask what the reason is your doctor give u is it just the corn strach?

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