Hello, so today I am coming to you about a topic that affects almost everyone…cravings. Cravings are always a way of your body telling you something. I wanted to do a post on what they mean and when are some good time to honor them… why they are not that bad if you listen to them:).
Without further ado here are common cravings and what they usually mean.
Sugar—-> 1.. Your not eating enough carbs. That is the number one reason. If you are not getting enough healthy carbs (i.e. vegetables, starches, fruit…) then your body is going to crave sugar because carbs break down as sugar. Your brain runs on glucose and you need it. If carbs effect you then stick to vegetable carbs… yams, squash, etc. and eat them with protein and fat but don’t cut them out. Binging will effect you more than having carbs normally.
2. You feel to deprived. If you are on a Super strict me plan and never treat yourself to anything you enjoy eating then you start to crave things sometimes. For instance, I was eating super “good” but never ate things I liked and started to really want lucky charms, so random for me, so I decided to have a bowl of dates. It was so good, and I didn’t want lucky charms anymore because I felt satisfied.
3. Your not eating enough fats. Fats leave you satisfied. So if your just eating carbs all the time your blood sugar will not be stable and cravings get crazy! That’s why I think balance meals/snacks.
Solution: Treat yourself in a balanced way not as an excuse cuz “you deserve it” but because your with friends/family/just want a small treat when you feel in control to not binge, Regulate blood sugar, Regulate Stress, Eat Enough/Carbs!!!!!!, Don’t overdo cardio
Chocolate—>1. Some chocolate cravings come from a need for magnessuim, which is SO important and the mineral most people are deficient in. Here’s a great article on magnessuim and what it does and all of that: here.
2. Low Blood Sugar, again. So important.
3. Stress! Again back to cortisol. Chocolate makes you feel better, because it increases serotonin levels in the brain.
4. Chocolate does have some addictive compounds that’s why a lot of women feel “addicted” to chocolate. I usually try to use carob for this reason. It’s so good and better for you and also has digestive benefits. If you wanna try it you can get it here with $5 and free shipping off coupon code: RQANXY. I hope this helps<3
Solution: Add a magnesium supplement like this one(can use coupon code), Regulate your blood sugar with balanced meals and cinnamon/chromium, Regulate stress via yoga/mediation/following your passion
Steak—->1. Low iron. Test for anemia.
2. Low sodium. Blood is high in sodium. If you are on a really low sodium diet, common in vegans, try adding natural sodium and you will notice a difference.
3. Not enough protein. I don’t believe you need a ton of protein but you do need it! If your food isn’t balanced you will crave a rich source of what your missing.
Solution: Try tofu/beans with soy sauce or sea salt. Vegan protein powder and celery. If not vegan, try eggs and sea salt.
Salt—>1. Try getting natural sodium. You do need sodium. It is a mineral and if it’s to low it does cause problems. Try adding natural sodium.
* This applies to all cravings: DRINK ENOUGH WATER!!! A lot of hunger/cravings cues from the body are from dehydration. If you hate water I’ll do a post soon on cool water recipes:)
*Also, maybe your just freaking hungry if your starving and not eating enough your going to be hungry.
*Also, tons of low intensity cardio REALLY increases cravings. And although I am not huge on the calories thing it does matter it’s just not number one. Most people over-estimate calories burned in cardio and then there cravings get so bad from stress hormones they eat way more than they burned. I really like HIIT cardio for 20 minutes to max like 45 minutes. Sometimes I do long cardio because I love it and if you do awesome! It’s just not necessary:)
I totally get how hard this is a spent a ton of time on this and sincerely hope it helps. If you have any tips then please put them below. xx <3