Listen to Your Cravings

Everybody gets cravings, whether it is something sweet or something salty. Research has shown that our bodies may crave different food items due to a nutrient deficiency in the body. Here are some common cravings, their meanings, and healthier options to defeat your craving.

  1. Sweets: if you are craving sweets, your blood sugar levels are most likely fluctuating. Grabbing a quick, sugary sweet will cause a spike in blood sugar and a little later a large drop. Try eating some fruit instead for longer lasting effects. You may also want to consider eating more high-fiber foods.
  2. Chocolate: when you are craving chocolate, your body is probably low on magnesium. Researchers have estimated that up to 80% of the population suffers from magnesium deficiency. Some healthy sources of magnesium include nuts, leafy greens, and fish. But, if you really must have some chocolate, go for dark chocolate (75% cacao).
  3. Salty Foods: you may be stressed or dehydrated. Stress affects the adrenal glands and causes the body to crave high-fat, simple carbohydrates, such as potato chips. Before grabbing that bag of chips, drink a glass of water. Also, consider added a little more salt into your regular diet, instead of binging during a craving.
  4. Red Meat: an iron deficiency is the most likely cause of a red meat craving. This craving can be especially prevalent in menstruating women, which may cause greater PMS symptoms. Increasing your intake of beans and legumes should lower your red meat cravings.
  5. Cheese: your diet may be low in fatty acids, such as omega-3. Omega-3 is an extremely important nutrient that helps protect against heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Reach for some raw walnuts or wild salmon to increase your fatty acid intake.

 

It is important to listen to your body and fuel it in the best way possible. There have been many studies that show that most of the population may be chronically dehydrated. Remember, before giving into your cravings try drinking a glass of water and considering a healthier option to satisfy your nutritional needs.  

Source: http://www.active.com/nutrition/articles/common-food-cravings-and-what-they-mean

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