The Secret Message Behind Cravings

The Secret Message Behind Cravings

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How To Eat Properly To Support Your Cravings

You know those moments where you suddenly just NEED chocolate, but you don't know why?

Your body is incredibly intelligent and knows what it needs, even if you're not consciously aware of it. When it is sending you intense signals like a craving for chocolate, it is trying to tell you something! Usually that you are missing an important mineral or amino acid.

What specifically are your cravings trying to tell you?

Today we are going to talk about all your different cravings and what your body actually needs. 

Nutrient Deficiency

Cravings = deficiency.

Your body is extremely aware of itself and its needs. When you are experiencing physical cravings, it’s trying to tell you that it needs specific nutrients. There is only one problem… with the abundance of processed foods, artificial flavors, refined sugar and natural flavors in our food, it can be easy to mistake something mostly void of real nutrition as what your body wants.

Nature intentionally pairs particular flavors with particular nutrients. When you eat a raw blueberry, you are literally tasting the antioxidants and nutrients the blueberry is filled with.

When a food company puts “natural blueberry flavor” in one of their foods, they literally isolate and take only the flavor from real blueberries, but none of the accompanying nutrients. Then they put this natural flavor in a processed food. When your body eats and/or craves that processed food, it thinks it is getting the nutrients that are in blueberries, but it actually isn’t.

This is why cravings can be terribly confusing! After eating processed foods for years, our taste buds can become confused as to what they really want.

To help navigate your cravings, I created a simple chart to help you identify the nutrients your body is craving when you want certain foods.  

Cravings Guide – Nutrient-Dense Solutions

If you’re craving this… Your body really wants this… Here are healthy whole 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, grains
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, fatty foods

Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame

 

Coffee or tea

Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
Sulfur Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
NaCl (salt) Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
Iron Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries

 

Alcohol, recreational drugs

Protein Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
Avenen 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 carbonated drinks

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 for liquids rather than solids

Water Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.

 

Preference for solids rather than liquids

Water You have been so dehydrated for so long that you have lost your thirst. Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.

 

Cool drinks

Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries

 

Premenstrual cravings

Zinc Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables

 

General overeating

Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet 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, pork, 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 or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables

 

In addition to this chart, my friend and fellow health and wellness extraordinaire, Abbey Gibb – holistic nutritionist and founder of the lifestyle network, AbbeyGibb.tv – has an exciting trendy recipe that will give you exactly the nutrients you need in the morning! Check it out: 

And remember, we’re in this together.

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