Cravings, does your body really need it?

I have recently been thinking a lot of cravings mostly in regard to pregnancy, but also in general. There is a common belief that if you craving something, like really craving it, like you just simply can’t think past getting that thing in your belly, then your body must need it.   And that is true to a certain extent. But not to the extent that you are really craving KFC therefore your body must be subliminally telling you that you simply must have deep fried seasoned chicken or you will be nutritionally deficient. The truth doesn’t quite stretch that far.

So how far does it stretch? Well quite far, but it isn’t as simple as craving chocolate there I must have chocolate. You might be craving one of the minerals FOUND in chocolate and your brain associates that mineral with that food type. So if you are craving, there are healthy options to look for to no only satisfy the craving but help stop them in future.

Here is a list of common cravings, what they mean and a healthy option to replace them:

Cheese

Calcium deficiency

Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens

Pasta, white bread, pastries

Chromium deficiency

Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples, sweet potato

Bread and toast

Nitrogen deficiency

Foods containing proteins, i.e.. Green leafy veg, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains

Red meat

Iron deficiency

Beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption

Potato chips

Chloride deficiency

Celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt

SWEETS

Chocolate

Magnesium deficiency

Raw cacao nibs/beans/powder, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, greens, fruit,magnesium

Soft drinks

Calcium deficiency

Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens

General sweets

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Fruit, high fibre foods (beans, legumes), complex carbs (grains), chromium (cinnamon)

Tryptophan deficiency

Spirulina, pumpkin/sesame/sunflower seeds, raw cacao, oatmeal, sweet potato, spinach, raisins

Chromium deficiency

Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples, sweet potato

Sulphur deficiency

Cruciferous vege (kale, cabbage, etc), cranberries, horseradish, asparagus, carob powder, garlic, onion

Phosphorus deficiency

Whole grains, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, lentils

 

 

 

Source: http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/

 


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