Cravings: Step Away from the Häagen-Dazs

Happy Friday, Everyone!  I hope you all have a fun weekend ahead.  I’m heading up to Asheville, N.C.  this afternoon for a friend’s wedding and some time with a few college buds.

So today we’re talking about cravings.  We all get them.  You women know exactly what I mean.  There are those times, usually during a certain time of the month, that you would literally be willing to donate your left kidney for some chocolate!  Cravings are just our bodies’ way of telling us that it NEEDS something in which it may be deficient.  Something tells me that our bodies are not deficient in Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk, so what does it really mean when we think we just gotta have it?  (Of course I’m not talking about me, but a girl I know really struggles with this! Ha!)

Cravings can get the best of all of us!

I’ve always battled a sweet tooth, but I’ve made a lot of headway in controlling my sugar handling in the last few months.  I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t crave sweets at all throughout the day, which is huge for me!  Is there a food craving you need to kick?  If so, let me know and I’ll try to give you some ideas!

My instructor shared this food cravings chart with our class and I thought it would be a great thing to pass along to you.  It can help us decipher what our bodies are really asking for when we feel a mad hankerin’ coming on! Enjoy and I’ll catch you all on Monday!

If you crave this… What you really need is… Healthy alternatives containing this nutrient
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
Coffee, Tea (cont.) 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
General overeating Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Lack of appetite Vitamin B1 Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
Vitamin B3 Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes
Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Chloride Raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
Tobacco Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables

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