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What Your Food Cravings May Actually Be Telling You

Posted in mindful mondays - food for thought on Feb 19,2012

Craving: an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing

 

Everyone knows what it feels like to have a food craving. It usually comes on suddenly with no warning and can feel like an uncontrollable urge to eat a very specific food. No other food will do, and usually what you are craving is something sweet, salty, or high in fat, it is most definitely not a fresh salad or grilled chicken breast.

Although occasionally giving in to a craving is good for the soul, food cravings may actually be your body’s way of telling you what it really needs nutritionally. Ever wonder why it is that one-day you might crave ice cream but then the next day you’re craving salty chips? A sharp, intense craving typically means that your body is lacking in some essential nutrient. It may be a particular vitamin or mineral or a change in blood sugar. The type of food you are craving may be indicative of the specific nutrient you are deprived of.

When you are finally eating a nutritionally dense, well balanced diet, you may find that you no longer have cravings for sweet and salty snacks. An important part of controlling food cravings is eating a nutrient-rich diet. Cravings are often the result of the body’s desire for specific vitamins and minerals, therefore it makes sense that a diet full of the necessary vitamins and minerals is going to prevent most cravings.

For this Mindful Monday pay attention to the next time you have a food craving and rather than giving in, try instead to reach for a healthy food that will replenish your body with the nutrients it is asking you for. See the list below of what your food cravings are actually telling you, and the healthy foods to choose.

 

If you crave this... What you really need is… And here are healthy foods that have it:
Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Sweets Chromium Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
Carbon Fresh fruits
Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grain
Sulfur Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toast Nitrogen High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or tea Phosphorous Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
Sulfur Egg yolks, red peppers, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
NaCl (salt) Sea salt, apple cider vinegar
Iron Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol,recreationaldrugs Protein Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
Avenin Granola, oatmeal
Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Glutamine Supplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice
Potassium Sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing ice Iron Meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Burned food Carbon Fresh fruits
Soda and other carbonateddrinks Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foods Chloride Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foods Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Preference forliquids ratherthan solids Water Flavor water with lemon or lime.You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Preference forsolids ratherthan liquids Water You are dehydrated. Flavor water with lemon or lime.You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Cool drinks Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Pre-menstrualcravings Zinc seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
Generalovereating Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweat potato, spinach
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Lack of appetite Vitamin B1 Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
Vitamin B3 Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, seeds and legumes
Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Chloride Raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
Tobacco Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements bright orange & red fruits and vegetables
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One Response to What Your Food Cravings May Actually Be Telling You

  1. Amy :

    I really liked this , very helpful, never knew the right foods
    To substitute! Thanks for the great advise!!
    Amy

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