Many people get cravings. This can be for meat, fatty foods, salty foods, sweet foods etc. But what do they actually mean? Many think that a craving for chocolate is just a craving for chocolate, but cravings are actually signs your body isn’t getting optimal nutrition. If we’re craving it means our body is lacking something, so it gets you to try and seek it out. Our taste buds and our brains are so in tune to see that craving as a craving for ‘bad’ food. This means we don’t actually give our body whats it’s truly craving. Therefore, we keep on craving it, as you body is still seeking that nutrient!
Cravings can also be caused by a habit. For example, if you always have something sweet after a meal, your body and tastebuds will learn that, therefore you will always crave something sweet after a savoury meal.
So what do the cravings for certain foods mean?
Craving for sugar-
You probably eat too much sugar! As I mentioned above, this craving can be a learnt behaviour, so going cold turkey is often the best way to get out of this habit. Try to keep natural sugars low too, as this still feeds the habit. Switch to low sugar fruits including berries, apples and grapefruits. Supplementing in magnesium and chromium can also help manage cravings and control insulin levels.
Craving for chocolate-
This can be due to low magnesium levels. Magnesium is needed for over 300 reactions in the body and it is very easy to become deficient. Stress is the main reason for depleted magnesium stores because the adrenal glands need magnesium to function. Raw cacao is one of the highest sources of magnesium on the planet! This is why we seek it out if we are low in this essential mineral. However, most of the chocolate on the market is full of refined sugar, vegetable oil and poor quality, low magnesium cocoa. Opt for raw cacao powder and make your own chocolate or energy balls. You can also buy raw chocolate which contains the raw cacao powder. It’s so good for you and it tastes good too :-)
Cravings for meat-
You may be low in iron. Listen to this craving and eat meat 2-3 times a week. You can get your iron levels checked by the GP. If you are vegan include more plant sources of iron and possible consider supplementing (only if you have had your levels checked and you know you’re deficient)
Cravings for carbs-
You may have low energy and subconsciously think you need carbs to boost it. Make sure you include whole, natural, gluten free sources of carbohydrates in you diet. These include brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, rice noodles and buckwheat. It may also be a sign your gut isn't in the best shape. An overgrowth of candida and bacteria can cause more cravings. Contact me if you would like more information about this.
Cravings for fat-
Fats are needed to create healthy hormones. So craving fats can mean this system needs some love! Make sure you enjoy good fats such as avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseeds, nuts and oily fish.
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