Cravings. We all get them. Whether it’s a hankering for something rich and chocolaty or the need to munch on something crisp and savory, we all know how strong food cravings can be. Is there a science to what your mouth is watering for? I believe so. Food cravings can stem from a multitude of things: dehydration, nutrient deficiencies, gut imbalance, food additives, stress, and hormones. If you are thinking about or have gone through our program (eating real food and avoiding processed “junk”) it will become much easier to listen to your body’s cues.
What Is Your Body Trying To Tell You?
It’s after dinner and you have an urge to eat something chocolate. You have noticed lately that this has been happening a lot. Did you ever consider that it was your body’s way of trying to tell you something?
Here are 5 common food cravings and what they mean:
If you feel you can’t live without having some chocolate daily, your body could be lacking in Magnesium and B Vitamins. Try adding in more dark leafy greens, raw cacao, fish (turbot, mackerel, tuna), almonds, pumpkin seeds, citrus fruits, eggs, beef and pork.
Salty food cravings may indicate a deficiency in chloride, iron and trace minerals. Keep the chips out of the pantry; stock up on salmon (wild canned salmon with skins and bones or fresh); sardines; raw goat’s milk products; seaweed (kelp); Himalayan sea salt; red meat.
Do you need to have a can of diet cola with lunch every day? Crave the fizz and caffeine mid-afternoon? You may not be getting (or absorbing) enough calcium. The best sources of calcium are dark leafy greens such as kale, broccoli, home made bone broth, sardines, wild salmon, and full-fat Greek yogurt.
Wicked sweet tooth? There could be many things going on (physiologically and psychologically). As far as nutrition, you could be lacking in chromium, carbon, sulfur, phosphorus, and tryptophan. Next time you want sugar, try grabbing an avocado to snack on with pink sea salt. Other foods to include are olives, fresh fruit and vegetables, pine nuts, eggs (eat the yolk!), garlic, red meat, pastured turkey, and wild salmon. Additionally, if you feel your sugar cravings are hitting the hardest at night, it could be a sign you aren’t satisfied overall from your day. Either you didn’t eat enough food, you’re nutritionally starved from too much processed foods (or too much hidden sugars), you are feeling stressed, emotional, or you have created a subconscious daily habit to want something sweet each night.
Can’t stay away from the bread basket? Love “white foods”? You could be lacking in nitrogen. Try adding in more protein from animal and plant foods (meat, eggs, chicken, fish, Greek yogurt and nuts). Heavy carb cravings may also indicate a gut imbalance. Start taking a daily probiotics and consume more fermented foods such as kombucha and sauerkraut.
We are only as healthy as the nutrients we absorb and assimilate. You can’t simply add these foods in. You must rid your body of all the junk first! Create space in your body for whole, natural, unprocessed foods. Get your gut back in balance so your body can welcome these nutrients, breaking the bad habits that wear you down.
Another important tip is to make sure you are eating plenty of healthy fats. Fats are needed to help absorb and assimilate these nutrients in the food we eat! So when you prepare your broccoli, be sure to add plenty of grass-fed butter, ghee or coconut oil! When our body gets what it needs it won’t beg for vitamins in the form of quick, packaged, convenience foods with quick, nutrient-poor energy.