The Wellness Corner: Cravings

By Jenny, www.blog.cleanprogram.com

We all get food cravings. There are different foods we crave but the idea is same, pulling from several elements of the craving as to why we get them and how we can work with and alleviate them. Through evolution, our bodies are designed to use sugar and fat as energy sources and it begins as infants since the first thing babies get is their mother’s milk.  That milk is sweet and nutrient rich, and it equals nourishment, comfort, love and overall survival. Without it, they don’t have a sense of love and they certainly wouldn’t survive.

 Therefore, we are basically hardwired to associate sweet and heavy foods with love and energy. Serotonin is also produced by foods that are rich in carbohydrates, also typically sweet foods, so there is a link to food and mood changes.  As some foods can make us feel bad, there are some that seem to make us feel good, but with every example of this, there is also another non-food related choice a person could make for similar feelings, it’s just a little bit less instant than reaching for a pint of ice cream or a bar of chocolate.There are physical reasons for cravings as well. When we habitually lack a certain taste out of the six (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent), we become imbalanced and cravings can arise as the body gives us signals to regain that balance.  When we are lacking certain nutrients, we also can develop cravings. For example, someone craving chocolate could be deficient in magnesium and more healthy choices would be raw nuts and seeds, legumes and fruit.  Someone craving salty foods might be lacking chlroide and could try raw goat milk, fish and unrefined sea salt rather than salty fast food or regular table salt.

The chart below is a wonderful tool for making minor adjustments with the tastes and making sure we eat a variety of foods and adjusting things for our particular and unique bodies’ needs.

 
If you crave this… What you really need is… And here are healthy foods that have it:

Chocolate

 

Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits

Sweets

 

Chromium Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, organic free-range chicken
  Carbon Fresh fruits
  Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, whole 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

 

Phosphorous 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
  Avenin 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

Pre-menstrualcravings

 

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

 

When you combine physical deficiencies with triggers coming from unattended-to emotional patterns and potential imbalances in the body from stored toxins, disrupted hormone levels, or other health issues such as candida or adrenal fatigue, and it’s no wonder that the body can sometimes feel weak and vulnerable to these cravings for less than optimal foods.

However, there are things you can do. . .starting with delving into the root causes of any cravings you get.   How often do you reach for the ice cream or chocolate when you’re really wanting love, approval, comfort or sweetness in another area of your life, but you think it’s being satisfied by putting something sweet and creamy on your tongue?  You will likely find that a few hours later not only is the emotional trigger still there, but you’re now feeling guilt and shame or anger at what you just consumed.

 

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