In the first article of this series we talked about salt cravings, and in the second article we talked about sugar cravings. For the final post in this series I’m going to talk about all the other cravings you might not have even realized you had!
Are you craving food right now? Good! Go drink some water. Turns out that when people think they are hungry they are often just dehydrated. With that simple step out of the way, let’s move on…
Chocolate cravings are unfortunately not due to a chocolate deficiency. I know, harsh. If you are sure it is not a sugar craving in disguise, then it could be a sign of a magnesium deficiency. To get your daily magnesium dose, try foods such as nuts, seeds, fish, and leafy greens. When you do eat chocolate (which probably won’t solve a magnesium deficiency on it’s own) choose the darkest chocolate that you would enjoy!
Cheese cravings are often a sign of a fatty acid deficiency. Simple ways to add healthy Omega 3s to your diet is by eating wild salmon, a handful of raw walnuts, or by adding ground flaxseed to your yogurt, cereal, or smoothie. You can also try a high-quality fish oil supplement that has both EPA and DHA.
Pay attention to the texture of the food you are craving. Is it something smooth, crunchy, moist or dry? Is it a light or heavy food? Try to find a healthier substitute for the texture you are craving. Crunchy options (good for dealing with stress or anger!) include nuts and seeds, apple slices with a nut butter, or carrot sticks with hummus. If you are craving something smooth, try Greek yogurt, a smoothie, or a pureed soup.
What taste are you craving? According to Ayurveda all six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent) have to be incorporated in a meal for us to feel satisfied. If you are craving something spicy, add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to your meal. If you are craving bitter foods, try dark leafy greens like dandelion, arugula, or kale. If you are craving pungent food (Chinese takeout anyone?) try ginger, cayenne pepper, onions, garlic, leeks, or pepper.
With your cravings gone you’ll no longer be a slave to your food! It will be easier to eat healthy and enjoy it!
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What foods are you craving? Have you been able to resolve your cravings and if so, how?