It’s distracting. It’s annoying. And, it can be downright hard to deal with. If you know someone who chops ice frequently, they may be craving it. It is almost like an addiction. They seem to need the ice to relax, focus, or just stay busy.
I personally, craved ice for at least three years. I worked at a place that had a giant ice machine, and I visited it frequently. Fortunately, I worked in solitude most of the time. But when coworkers were around, they often commented how annoying it was. I didn’t think much of it. After all, ice is calorie-free, right? I thought it was good to chew ice rather than chips, cookies or whatever type of junk food was around. And, it was better than smoking. As crazy as this sounds, I didn’t think much of my craving for ice.
Well, I quit that job and found a new one. I was in the car often, and frequently I would take a giant cup of ice with me along. I repeated this at home, In fact, one time when I moved (from a place with a fridge with an ice maker), I made ice in muffin tins until I could get some ice trays.
Fast forward four years later, and I’m at the OBGYN getting blood work down. The next day, a nurse calls me and tell me that I was very anemic . I had no idea or clue. She urged me to take prescription iron pills immediately. I did, and, voila! my ice cravings disappeared.
I googled it and learned that craving ice is a symptom of anemia. I wish I had known that years ago. So, if you personally are craving ice, I recommend you visit your doctor or a local clinic. Ask to be tested for anemia, and explain that you are having ice cravings. It is possible that you could not be anemic, but if you are, the ice cravings are probably related to the anemia. If a friend, coworker or spouse is craving ice, encourage them to be tested for anemia.
If you simply cannot afford a visit to the doctor, purchase iron pills from Wal-Mart or a local drug store. My doctor did emphasize that prescription pills are best. However, over-the-counter iron supplements is better than nothing. Also try to increase your diet in iron. Read “Food Sources High in Iron” for advice.