Why do I often crave eating clay?

Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 9042 comments on the GoErie.com story from Dec 7, 2007, 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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Earthy Lady

South Africa

#6232 Jun 29, 2013
Some background :

I started eating clay about 6 years ago when I was 16 well thats the age I moves to buying clay that ive described above. Since then ive been hooked but in the last three years ive decides to be healthier and reduce my in take and ive done it and no im not on any supplements.

Before then when I was 14 -15 years old my friend used to bring me clay she dug up herself fron her backyard but looking back it was less smooth and creamy I guess like clay buy once again the earthy taste got me hookes but then I changed schools so she could no longer help me with the clay. Before then I stayed in the Eastern Cape where there is lots of brown and red dirt so I was happy digging it up myself from our yard. But you had to go deeper into the ground to get tje red dirt. I loved the earthy taste so much. It was unlike clay so not heavy and you could eat as much as you wanted without problems. I started eating thay dirt when I was about 9 years old. This pregnant lady who was my neighbour loved sitting outside in the sun and just eating dirt so one day I tried it and loved it. I mean before then id always stand by the window when it rained to just inhale the earthy smell and now once I tasted it I was hooked.

My family doesnt know though my mom found out when I was 11 and told me to quit it. I just became more careful and contibued indugling happily.

Today im 21 going on 22 and ive loves the earthy taste and smell for such a long time. Im not as dependant on it because Ive just had to practice self control and Im happy with how I now indulge i.e once for a week or two every two to three montha maybe about three chunks a day as the clay is very rich.

Happy munching wilk update everyone once im eating my clay :):)
Earthy Lady

South Africa

#6233 Jun 29, 2013
Lastly I also used to eat chalk when I was about 16 before I discovered the clay I could buy. There was a girl in my maths class who would always eat it and once I tried it it was really good. We would just hop from classroom to another taking a few sticks. It was chalky but had some kind of eathyness to it and once dissolved it was smooth like clay.

So when testing which was the chalk I ate and which wasnt, Id simply place the chalk in the palm of my hand because the one I liked was slightly heavier than the other normal chalks. But once I discovered clay I was glad to be off the chalk because I feared the chemicals would be bad for me.
Earthy Lady

South Africa

#6234 Jun 29, 2013
All things clay wrote:
Have a look at this article:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-23481...
It's a shame about the houses, but I love the pictures of the cliff itself. I've googled it and it's red sandstone.
That reminds me of the red dirt I used to eat. Such a pity about the houses though.
Earthy Lady

South Africa

#6235 Jun 29, 2013
Mary Tyler wrote:
@ Alexx most of the time headaches means. LEAD in the clay maybe not much but high enough to cause dizzy & headaches .
Your correct you should take a break and flush out your system with plenty of water.
True I also just randomly looked up lead poisoning and somw of its sympoms are dizzyness and headaches. This is what always freaks me out about clay. Hope you are better Alexx. Perhaps get rid of the clay? Though ive beeb reading about how hard it is for you to get your hands on clay. Hmmm goodluck.
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#6236 Jun 29, 2013
Earthy Lady wrote:
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That reminds me of the red dirt I used to eat. Such a pity about the houses though.
Hi Earthy Lady, thanks for sharing your story here. I hope you become a regular!

The red dirt does look so good, like it would be delicious.
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#6237 Jun 29, 2013
Mz libra wrote:
Everything in moderation.... As with me in my cornstarch. About to eat some tonight. Was also looking at crayola white chalk the old fashion kind by Binney & Smith. Love eating cornstarch chalk white dirt baby powder...
I didn't realize you loved chalk too.

I've never had the old kind but I love regular Crayola white chalk - especially when it's nice and crunchy (I chew it, only sometimes swallow). I'm so happy, just discovered another source to buy it (I was starting to get embarrassed buying it, so the more places I can find that sell it the better).
Mel

South Africa

#6238 Jun 29, 2013
Hi Earthy Lady,

I am from Durban, pls can u find out if its possible for ur supplier to send sum clay to Durban, wil pay for da clay and da costs. I'm craving clay reaaly bad. Thanks,
MzLibra

Newport News, VA

#6239 Jun 29, 2013
All things clay wrote:
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I didn't realize you loved chalk too.
I've never had the old kind but I love regular Crayola white chalk - especially when it's nice and crunchy (I chew it, only sometimes swallow). I'm so happy, just discovered another source to buy it (I was starting to get embarrassed buying it, so the more places I can find that sell it the better).
Yes I like chalk too. But the Crayola to me taste so gritty now. I wish I could find some that is smooth. I haven't ordered any white dirt in awhile. Stuck on my cornstarch again. Getting some Argo, going to try to make the chunks. Then again, I love the texture of cornstarch so smooth and soft. Wish I could get all the brands I enjoy and mix them together. It would be about 10 of them.
Alexx

United States

#6240 Jun 29, 2013
I eat really really small chalks every other day. I only eat one chunk . Every other day to avoid headaches and dizziness . Only way to satisfy my cravings and avoid headaches and dizziness . It's a lot . But I can't help the cravings .
Earthy Lady

South Africa

#6241 Jun 29, 2013
Mel wrote:
Hi Earthy Lady,
I am from Durban, pls can u find out if its possible for ur supplier to send sum clay to Durban, wil pay for da clay and da costs. I'm craving clay reaaly bad. Thanks,
Hi Mel
She sells both the Joburg block clay and the clay from Zim. Which would you like? Im not sure when ill be going into town but when I go ill ask her for you ok?
Interesting that there are no vendors that side because its sold in most places for about R5 a block/packet like here.
Where do you usually get your clay? What kind of clay do you usually eat?
Earthy Lady

South Africa

#6242 Jun 29, 2013
Ladies, I went into town yestetday but since the morning mt cravings werent bad or even there. So i didnt buy the clay. Thats the thing sometimes I crave the clay like crazy when I dont have it but once I make up my mind to get it or once i have it at home then my cravings seem to subside hence I usually just throw it out without finishing it. Plus now its almost time for my period and I prefer not to eat clay so close or during this time. Perhaps afterwards Ill go buy some.
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#6243 Jun 29, 2013
Alexx wrote:
I eat really really small chalks every other day. I only eat one chunk . Every other day to avoid headaches and dizziness . Only way to satisfy my cravings and avoid headaches and dizziness . It's a lot . But I can't help the cravings .
Alexx are you eating chalk now, or did you mean to say clay because you had told us before that the clay was causing headaches and dizziness?

No matter what, please be careful. I know all about cravings, and have certainly eaten/chewed my share of stuff that I know isn't good in those amounts, but I would like to think that if I was sure that something was giving me headaches and making me dizzy I would be able to resist it. As someone has mentioned, that may be because there is lead present. Or maybe it could be that you have some sort of sensitivity to it?

Again Alexx, please be safe.
Alexx

Mcdonough, GA

#6244 Jun 29, 2013
All things clay wrote:
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Alexx are you eating chalk now, or did you mean to say clay because you had told us before that the clay was causing headaches and dizziness?
No matter what, please be careful. I know all about cravings, and have certainly eaten/chewed my share of stuff that I know isn't good in those amounts, but I would like to think that if I was sure that something was giving me headaches and making me dizzy I would be able to resist it. As someone has mentioned, that may be because there is lead present. Or maybe it could be that you have some sort of sensitivity to it?
Again Alexx, please be safe.
I meant to say chunks instead of chalk . But I understand your concern . I'm just very disappointed that I waited so long to buy my own clay and when I finally did its no good . Maybe it's a sign of telling me that I just need to quit this habit .
ati

London, UK

#6245 Jun 30, 2013
hii clay lovers
after so long time. no craving no clay happy for that . today is my first month marrag anniversary . hows ur clay love:-)
Mel

South Africa

#6246 Jun 30, 2013
Hi Earth Lady,

My cousin who stays in Jhb used to get her maid to buy me the block clay for R5, so I used to buy a lot one time so I don't run short, nw her maid has moved and so she is not able to get me the clay. In Durban there are places in town that sell it, but I don't go to town, especially the vendors. My maid used to buy me the white clay in Durban but she not around anymore. Please can u find out if its possible to send me different varieties of clay, will pay the price and costs. I really wanna try the red clay also. Do u by any chance come to Durban, if so, can u bring me the clay? Its more hard to hav access to clay as I am indian. Thanks
Earthy Lady

South Africa

#6247 Jun 30, 2013
Mel wrote:
Hi Earth Lady,
My cousin who stays in Jhb used to get her maid to buy me the block clay for R5, so I used to buy a lot one time so I don't run short, nw her maid has moved and so she is not able to get me the clay. In Durban there are places in town that sell it, but I don't go to town, especially the vendors. My maid used to buy me the white clay in Durban but she not around anymore. Please can u find out if its possible to send me different varieties of clay, will pay the price and costs. I really wanna try the red clay also. Do u by any chance come to Durban, if so, can u bring me the clay? Its more hard to hav access to clay as I am indian. Thanks
Hi Mel

Ok I understand. I will see when I go into town because I can get you at least three different kinds of clay from thr lady that sells it to me. Sadly I dont come to that side often but ill ask if she can perhaps post it to you.

I so wish I could try some white dirt/clay ive never had it before. Ive seen that there is some here in SA plus the georgia white dirt looks so good in all the videos.

Anyway speak soon Mel and Alex I hope you will be ok.

Since: Mar 13

Location hidden

#6248 Jun 30, 2013
The U.S. and its private sector partners initially will focus its efforts on six countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania, where Obama will wrap up his trip later this week. Former President George W. Bush, who supports health programs throughout the continent, will also be in Tanzania next week, and the White House did not rule out the possibility that the two men might meet. Just had to post this info since a lot of the clay forum members are from these 6 countries ...Wishing you all the best.
Abazieu

Lawrenceville, GA

#6249 Jun 30, 2013
Mary Tyler wrote:
The U.S. and its private sector partners initially will focus its efforts on six countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania, where Obama will wrap up his trip later this week. Former President George W. Bush, who supports health programs throughout the continent, will also be in Tanzania next week, and the White House did not rule out the possibility that the two men might meet. Just had to post this info since a lot of the clay forum members are from these 6 countries ...Wishing you all the best.
What will they be discussing? Not clay?
anita

Dubai, UAE

#6250 Jul 1, 2013
i love to eat black gujrat mitti also and slatepencil and multani mittii slao.
ankita

Dubai, UAE

#6251 Jul 1, 2013
i love slatepencil

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