Cravings: What Your Body Is Really Telling You

ImageWe’ve all had those days where we crave salty potato chips – or how about a nice slice of sugary cake? It is hard to combat those overarching cravings. However, this might be your body’s way of telling you what foods your diet is lacking. If you crave any of the common junk food below – maybe try to change up your diet or add in some of the foods noted in this simple ist.

1. If you are craving sweets.

Your body actually might needs chromium, phosphorus, sulfur and tryptophan. This can be found in: broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, chicken, sweet potatoes, kale, cranberries, cabbage…etc. According to Lauren Conrad’s blog, this craving may also indicate a lack of sleep. Make sure you get plenty of rest at night. Try to a lot out a proper amount of time for sleep (8 hours) – so you can rein in your body’s cravings.

2. If you are craving carbs.

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Bananas are loaded with tryptophan. They will improve your mood and keep sweet cravings at bay.

Your body needs nitrogen. This is found in high protein foods such as fish, meat, nuts and beans. Try eating a handful of almonds or how about fresh almond butter?  You can also munch on some seasoned rice or treat yourself to some hummus and carrots. Also many types of fruits and vegetables also contain high amounts of complex carbohydrates like:  spinach, lettuce, asparagus, celery, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, oranges, apples, plums, strawberries and pears.

3. If you are craving junk food [pizza, French fries, soda].

Chances are your body needs calcium. You can get an extra dose of calcium by adding mustard, turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese and sesame to your diet. This is your body’s way of telling you it is craving fats. And not all fats are good. Mind Body Green notes, Eating avocados, raw nuts like almonds and cashews, and consuming a serving or two of coconut oil can help give your body the fat it needs without exposing yourself to harmful partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats.

4. If you are craving coffee.

Every working woman is going to crave coffee – especially during that long, never-ending work day. This is your body’s way of telling us it desperately needs salt and iron. You can get this in meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries and also sea salt or apple cider vinegar (on a salad). This might also be a way of telling you that you are dehydrated and just need a glass of water. Gulp up, ladies. Drink a glass of water before getting that second cup of joe.

5. If you are craving salty food.

You need chloride. This can be found in raw goat milk, fish and unrefined sea salt. Try making a salmon salad or a tuna salad for a work lunch. This will replenish that need for salt. Avoid potato chips and junk food that is super salty – this will have you wanting more.

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