What are your food craving telling you?
We’ve all experienced food cravings, powerful desires for certain foods which usually involve indulging in something sweet, salty, creamy or full of carbs. Usually when we crave certain foods, it’s a sign that something is missing from our diets. Here are a few of the most common cravings and the nutrients that you may be lacking.
Salty Foods – Your body needs adrenal support and electrolytes
When it comes to stress B-vitamin rich foods are essential. Eat plenty of nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Adaptogens are a class of herbs that help regulate your body’s hormonal response to stress. Take a quite moment and sip on a cup of B inspired inner harmony herbal tea (available soon). If you need to increase your electrolytes, coconut water is an excellent choice.
Carbs – Your body needs sugar balancing and chromium
This may indicate insulin resistance, hypoglycaemia (blood sugar fluctuations) or chromium deficiency. It could be a sign that you need to include more fiber in your diet for better blood sugar control. Additionally, you may need to consume more chromium and magnesium-rich fruits and vegetables in particular leafy greens, avocado, broccoli & seafood. Ensure your meals contain a small amount of protein to help stabilise blood sugar levels.
Chocolate – Your body needs magnesium
Sugar – Your body needs energy and chromium
Fried foods – Your body needs essential fatty acids
Fizzy drinks – Your body needs calcium
Pica is a compulsive eating disorder in which people eat nonfood items. Dirt, clay, and flaking paint are the most common items eaten. On rare occasions, pregnant women crave strange, nonfood items such as dirt and ice & may be related to an iron and zinc deficiency. I recommend seeing a qualified health professional if you feel your cravings are particularly abnormal.