Cravings, we all have them and at the worst of times, they get the best of us.
Depending on our mood and circumstances at the time, we will either give into them or be strong. More times than not, when we give in we tend to go CRAAAAZY and binge away. Not always the best strategy.
Binging can not only add on calories, but also a nice boatload of guilt. Not something we need or want.
We beat ourselves up for having no willpower and consider ourselves weak. Hogwash!! What if I told you when you are craving a specific item, your body is really crying out for certain micronutrients?
Let’s explore the following common cravings, what our bodies really want and need, and how to get them in a healthy way.
If you crave: What you really need is: Healthy food that has it:
Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds and fruits
Sweets Chromium Broccoli, grapes, cheese, liver & chicken
Carbon Fresh fruits
Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts
Sulfur Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous veggies
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, raisins, sweet potato & spinach
Salty Foods Chloride Fish, unrefined sea salt, raw goats milk
Fatty Foods &
Sodas Calcium Broccoli, kale, mustard and turnip greens
Breads Nitrogen High protein foods: fish, meat and nuts
PMS Zinc Red meats, seafood, leafy and root veggies
As you can see from the list ,we can get what our bodies crave and need from eating healthy foods and eschewing the non-healthy. The one exception of the list for me would be the chocolate. I am ok with eating chocolate as long as it is a pure, dark chocolate with a cacao percentage of 70% or higher.
The next time you have a strong craving, before you cave in, ask yourself if your diet has been lacking in any of the foods listed above. I know the healthy items are not as exciting or delicious as what we crave, but remember your body wants to be healthy.
To your health,
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