I thought I would kick off this week with a health post. Mostly because I have spent my weekend being incredibly unhealthy in a desperate attempt to make home made candy. I really suffer with bad cravings, its been a habit that I have really struggled to kick and every day its a constant battle not to stuff my face with chocolate or other snacks that are bad for my body. So when Im craving something bad, I try to have a glass of water and really think if its the bad thing my body is craving out of boredom/stress or if my body is lacking something. Just remember that the stricter you diet the bigger the chance you cave. Allow yourself treats, but in moderation. After all if you’re trying to loose weight, get toned or just be more healthy its a lifestyle change – not a diet. You have to be able to maintain it for the rest of your life.
Below is a list of cravings that for me are bad and how to tackle them. If you want to know more about how to replace things in your diet, leave a comment 🙂
You typically crave chocolate when you are having a bad day. Women especially crave chocolate right before or during their periode. Its because people often associate eating chocolate with a social occasion, using any excuse to indulge. We attribute cravings to whatever is obvious to us, even more so when you are on strict diet. When you are restricting your calorie intake, your body will want chocolate – a food that is calorie dense and a perfect food to fill up on. It doesn’t help that chocolate melts at body temperature for an orgasmic mouthfeel. Try eating some raw nuts,seeds, and fruits which are high in magnesium instead. You might actually be wanting that and your body will be thanking you for it later.
If you suddenly start craving sweets to the extreme and have an increased urgency to constantly pee you might be pre-diabetic. This can easily be ruled out by a blood test by your doctor. For women another more likely reason is that you have had a change in hormons. This often why women tend to be bigger snackers than men. But believe it or not it, your sweet tooth can be caused by what you ate for your previous meal. If your meals are consisting of over processed carbs such as white bread, white rice, and pasta that spikes your blood sugar it will leave you in a lazy slump searching for your next sugar fix. Stress is also a sweet tooth trigger, it activates your brains reward center (remember how you find it sociably acceptable to each chocolate at certain times?). Being super stressed might make you subconsciously crave sweets or carb loaded sweets such as cakes and cookies. But craving sugar can also be a sign that your body is missing some nutrients like Chromium, Carbon,Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Tryptophan. Try eating things like broccoli, grapes ( have you tried frozen grapes? YUMMY), cheese, dried beans, chicken, fresh fruits, vegetables, kale, cabbage, raisins, sweet potato, spinach, nuts, and eggs.
Carbs (bread, pasta etc)
Believe it or not, you’re actually craving sugar though you’ll probably reach for a piece of toast or a bowl of pasta before the pick’n’mix bag because eating food feels more socially acceptable than stuffing your face with candy for lunch. According to Dr Josef Colella, M,D., author of The Appetite Solution “Once a strachy food gets past the back of your tongue, your body treats it the same way as sugary sweets.” Instead eat some high protein foods like fish, meat, nuts and beans because there is a chance you’re lacking on the nitrogen side.
Salty food (crips etc)
You often crave salt when you are dehydrated because salt help your body retain water. It could mean you’re not drinking enough water, or you’re loosing water through sweat (or diarrhea and vomiting) faster than you are digesting it. Thirst is often masked as hunger, so if you think you’re hungry having a glass of water might be the trick. Dr. Colella says that eating crunchy food can relieve stress as well. If you have a diet mostly consisting of mushy food, like smoothies, soups or yogurts, your salivary glands and the muscles in your jaw gets bored. They need stimulation too so a crunchy craving is born. If you’re low on Chloride you might want to try consuming things Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Oily snacks, fatty foods, fried food
Ever wonder why you crave fatty food when you’re hungover spesially when you had fries on your way home at 4am? Its because you’re sleep deprived. You’re tiered. Lack of sleep leaves you low on energy and food provides energy. Its very easy to confuse exhaustion for hunger. Subconsciously you know that fatty food will trigger your reward center, but its only temporary. You’re better off eating food with healthy fats rather than frying oil both in the short and the long run. Eat things like mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese and sesame. I really recommend kale crisps. They sort out my crunchy need and dont ruin my currently non existing waste line.
You would think this a relatively easy one, you’re lacking calcium and vitamin D. If you’re a 9-5 office worker like myself its not surprising you suddenly crave some gooey fatty liquid gold. You’re not getting any vitamin D from the sun! You might very well be in dire need of some sunlight but you could also be craving sugar. Your brain knows cheese contains natural milk sugars. Sneaky bastard. Stay away from that pesky sugar and try snacking on raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits, have some avocado, cottage cheese, or even a glass of milk.