Do you ever have such intense cravings that the world feels like it may end if you don’t satisfy those needs? Cravings are not just a habit or a want - they can be much deeper than that. Our body doesn’t understand the difference between foods, only the different nutrients it needs to work properly. Our brain makes that connection with certain foods so that we will be reminded to eat more of them. So, cravings are sometimes a need for other nutrients disguised as the desire for high sugar, fat, salt. These desires manifest in little pings in our brains that say “Yay that's the good stuff we need!”, even though what we satisfy those desires with may be something totally different than what our bodies need. I'm going to help you break down some of these cravings and why we might be having them, and I’ll touch on some healthy foods we can eat instead to make those cravings subside.
If you crave ice you may be deficient in iron! You also may be feeling fatigue, brain fog, and anxiety. Some ways to get more iron is through animal based protein (chicken, red meat, poultry). You can also start cooking with an iron skillet to help get more iron into your diet.
In order to create serotonin, we need all of our essential amino acids, which can be found in animal based products. Eggs and cheese are a great source because of high levels of tryptophan. Some other foods that can help are salmon, nuts, seeds, turkey and tofu. If you noticed, a common theme in all those foods is the presence of healthy fat, which will help regulate blood sugar levels.
Some snack ideas that incorporate healthy fats are:
Salt, however, can also be a double edged sword, because of where salt is often found. Chips or crackers are carbohydrates and when we eat those a lot, we find ourselves right back at our sugar cravings.
I hope these tips will help to give some more insight into your cravings. It is not the end of the world if we don’t eat a piece of chocolate, but it sure can feel like it when we are lacking magnesium. We all have cravings that may stem from habitual behavior, but staying consistent with your healthy eating goals will help curb those cravings. Fill your life with healthy foods and before you know it, those cravings will be a thing of the past!
For additional help with your cravings, check out the Wilcox Wellness & Fitness CRUSH YOUR CRAVINGS GUIDE. You can download it for free BELOW.
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Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.