Conscious Food Cravings
Ever wonder what your food cravings really mean? And why, when finally getting what we are craving, do we eat way too much of it and still want more?
Usually, having a food craving is your brains way of signaling to you that it is lacking a certain nutrient.
Food Cravings can also be activated by our environment and emotions. Research has shown that social situations (party food), visual cues, feelings and smells can all create food cravings in us.
But here is the crazy thing – our brains will automatically crave foods that are un-healthy, easy to get and will leave us wanting more. Think about it, generally we crave foods that will momentarily satisfy us, but because of their high calorie count and low nutrient count our brains keep telling us to eat more – because we are not getting enough of the needed nutrient.
Loads of research has been done on this topic and I was fascinated to discover that the food cravings we are having are not quite what we need!
So in order to be in the know, you need to be conscious about your food cravings!
Here’s what your food cravings really mean!
If you are craving Chocolate, what you really need is Magnesium. Try Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits instead.
If you are craving Sweets, what you really need are:
Chromium so try Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, or chicken instead.
Carbon so try some Fresh fruits.
Phosphorus so try some chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, legumes, grains.
Sulfur try some cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage.
Tryptophan try some cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach.
If your food cravings are for Breads, you really need Nitrogen so try some high protein foods like fish, meat, nuts, and beans.
For Oily snacks and Fatty Foods cravings you really need Calcium so try some mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese or sesame.
Craving Coffee or tea? What you really need are:
Phosphorus so ty chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes.
Sulfur so try egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables.
NaCl (salt) so try sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad).
Iron so try meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries.
Are you craving alcohol or recreational drugs? This is what your brain is really asking you for:
Protein from meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts.
Avenin from granola, oatmeal.
Calcium in mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame.
Glutamine from supplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice.
Potassium in sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens.
Ever crave Chewing ice? Your body is really asking for more iron from meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries.
If you are craving burned food than you really need carbon fresh fruits.
When you think your brain is asking for soda and other carbonated drinks what it really is asking for is Calcium from mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame.
Salty food cravings are telling you that you need more Chloride so try fresh popcorn with unrefined sea salt, or fish.
Are you getting the Pre-menstrual food cravings? This is our brain telling us to stock up on zinc so try red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, and root vegetables.
Interesting how our brain can trick us, right?
But knowledge is power! And now that we know what our bodies’ food cravings really mean try picking a few healthy foods from the categories that apply to you. When your food cravings creep up and grab you, eat healthy instead and see how much better you feel.
If you continue to do this, you can retrain your brain to have food cravings that are healthy. And when you come into contact with an environmental or emotional instigator of food cravings, you will know what to do!
Malibu Mama Loves Xx
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