Conquer Your Food Cravings

Conquer Your Food CravingsFood cravings are the body’s way of trying to correct various vitamin and mineral deficiencies or imbalances.

But eating the food that is craved rarely provides the needed nutrient. For example, when a person feels suddenly exhausted or weak, the body senses low blood sugar and begins to crave carbohydrates.  However, sugar quick fixes are extremely damaging in the long run and can lead to insulin resistance, weight gain and eventually Type 2 diabetes.  

Causes of Food Cravings

 
  • Our ancestors were hunters/gatherers and ate food that was high in calories for quick energy because food was often scarce. Our bodies are still programmed to want high-fat, high-sugar foods.
  • Craving sweets often indicates a mineral deficiency.
  • Craving sweets can be a symptom of Candida (yeast) overgrowth as the yeast needs simple sugars to feed on.
  • “Addictive” ingredients are often hidden in foods to keep you coming back for more. Examples are MSG, sugar and caffeine.
  • Craving salty foods often indicates poorly functioning adrenal glands.
  • Food sensitivities can develop to a food you have eaten daily for years. Sometimes the only sign of this sensitivity is developing a craving for it.

Part of the goal of optimal health is being free of all addictions and cravings.  

 
It’s harder for people to give up craved food than to give up drugs or cigarettes because we have to eat and cannot remove all food from our lives. The following table helps identify the real nutrients the body is needing and offers healthy alternatives to satisfy the craving.  Another way to still those cravings is with a well-formulated multivitamin, multi-mineral supplement like Daily Balance or a greens-based fruit and vegetable supplement like Absolute Greens, which provide a daily dose of fruits and veggies in one scoop. Once the body begins getting the nutrients it needs, cravings go away.  Notice the table contains whole, natural healthy foods instead of processed, packaged foods lacking in nutrients. It even shows how craving things like tobacco and alcohol can be related to a nutritional need.
 
 
Craving
What You Really Need
Healthy Alternatives
Chocolate
Magnesium
Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits, very dark chocolate with little sugar or other additives
Sweets
Chromium
  
Carbon 
 
Phosphorus
 
Sulfur
 
 
Tryptophan
Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
 
Fresh Fruits
 
Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains
 
Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage. egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion
 
Turkey, sunflower seeds, milk.
 
Bread/Toast
Nitrogen
High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
Fatty Foods and Snacks
Calcium
Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, dairy, sesame seeds, quinoa
Coffee or Tea
Phosphorus
 
Sulfur 
 
 
Salt
 
Iron
Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
 
Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage. egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
 
Sea salt, raw apple cider vinegar
 
Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, dark leafy greens, black cherries
Alcohol, Recreational Drugs
Protein
 
Avenin
 
Calcium
 
 
Glutamine
 
Potassium
Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
 
Granola, oatmeal
 
Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, dairy, sesame seeds, quinoa
 
Supplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice
 
Sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens, bananas, oranges
Chewing Ice
Iron
Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
Burned foods
Carbon
Fresh Fruits
Soda and other carbonated drinks
Calcium
Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, dairy, sesame seeds, quinoa
 
Salty foods
(can also indicate adrenal insufficiency)
Chloride
 
Raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt, fish
Acid Foods
Magnesium
Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits, very dark chocolate with little sugar or other additives
Prefer liquids over solids
Water
Flavor water with lemon or lime if necessary. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Any premenstrual cravings Zinc Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
 

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