Satisfying that food craving

There are many reasons we have food cravings and we keep experiencing them every so often. As much as it feels good to serve the cravings, lets learn why the body is craving so and the healthy alternative to that craving so as we don’t end up feeling guilty and even know what the triggers are. Some of the cravings could be because:

  • You’re pre-diabetic
  • You’re getting or you have your period. 
  • You’re OD-ing on processed carbs.
  • You’re stressed as hell.
  • You’re actually craving sugar.
  • You may have heartburn or acid reflux.
  • You’re pregnant, or you’re having a shitty day.
  • You’re on a diet that’s too restrictive.
  • You might be taking too many OTC pain relievers. 
  • You’re tired.
  • You’re dehydrated. 
  • You’ve been eating mostly soft foods.
  • You’re not eating enough protein
  • You have a chronic iron or vitamin B deficiency.
  • You’re sleep-deprived.
  • You’re not getting enough calcium or vitamin D
  • You’re reacting to a sensory cue or an emotional trigger.
  • You’re denying yourself that food.

When Your Body Craves Certain Foods, It Actually Is Looking For Nutrients

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