What Your Food Cravings Really Mean

by Irma Deihl March 02, 2015

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 A food craving is an intense desire to consume a specific food, stronger than normal hunger. Understanding what your body is really asking for when you can't seem to stay away from that chocolate will help you make choices that keep you on a healthy track, while giving your body what it needs.

Sweets: Your body is missing chromium, carbon, phosphorus, sulfur and tryptophan. To replenish these missing nutrients, you should eat fresh fruit, broccoli, cheese and kale.

Fatty Snacks: Find yourself hankering for some chips or Cheetos? While the salty goodness of a Lay’s potato chip is hard to resist, you should put down the chips and pick up some leafy kale or mustard greens to get rid of the craving.

Coffee/Tea: Most people can’t start their day without a cup of coffee. They might believe it’s natural to crave coffee every day to jolt them awake. Your body doesn’t naturally crave coffee; it’s actually craving phosphorus, sulfur, iron and salt. Instead, you should include some egg yolks, garlic or onions in your morning routine.

Snacks and Alcohol

Carbonated Drinks: Whether you prefer Pepsi or Coke, many people believe carbonated drinks complete a meal. If your body is craving something fizzy, it’s trying to tell you that it’s low in calcium. By simply eating some broccoli or cheese, the need for carbonation will drift away.

Chocolate: Personally, chocolate is something I crave the majority of the time. What does that mean for me? Well, my body needs more magnesium. How do I get it? Simple: I can just put down the Godiva, and pick up some raw nuts and seeds.

 

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 drink Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foods Chloride Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acidic 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 vegetable

 



Irma Deihl
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