What Your Food Cravings Mean

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Got cravings? Join the club. Everyone has times when they want a Snickers or feel like a frapp but we’re talking something completely different. We’re talking about those food hankerings that sort of consume you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just eaten or even indulged in the item you’re fiending for. You just want more. You need more.

Cravings may feel maddening but they can be your body’s way of cluing you in to something being off. Check out the most common food cravings below and see what your body may be trying to tell you.

 

CHOCOLATE

Some people are chocolate lovers and we don’t blame them. That stuff is the business. But if you can’t go a day without the sweet stuff it may be magnesium you’re really yearning for. Some experts estimate that 80 percent of the population is deficient in the essential mineral and since it plays a vital role in making new cells,  as well as activating B vitamins, it’s kind of a big deal.

To get Magnesium without downing a Hershey bar, try eating foods like quinoa, lentils, nuts, and raw spinach. Adding any one of these may help keep chocolate cravings at bay. And if you still feel a need for it, reach for the dark kind which is lower in sugar and has antioxidants.

 

ICE CREAM

It may be calcium you seek in that pint of Cherry Garcia. If that’s the case, try upping your servings of dark leafy greens like kale. You may also be seeking fat which isn’t that outlandish if you’ve recently started calorie restricting. Remember, we all need a little fat. As long as you’re consuming the healthy kind, you’re good to go. Try adding a few avocado slices to your sandwiches or even a teaspoon of coconut oil to your smoothies.

 

POTATO CHIPS

We don’t trust a person who doesn’t like chips. But they’re high in salt and fat and we concede they’re better as a treat than an everyday thing. So what does it mean if you’re scarfing them twenty-four seven? According to some experts, it could mean you’re stressed and/or suffering from adrenal fatigue.The adrenal glands release hormones that balance water and salt in the body and when we’re under pressure they go into overtime.  To help yourself calm down, try doing an activity that relaxes you like taking a leisurely walk or meditating. Studies have found that those who meditate before giving into salt cravings were more likely to eat less of it.

Another possibility for your salt craving could be an electrolyte imbalance. If you’re exercising without rehydrating or have had a bout of diarrhea or vomiting, it’s completely normal to look for salt to get your electrolyte levels back up. This may be the only time we’ll tell you to seek a sports drink like Gatorade. If electrolytes levels are low enough it could trigger a heart attack, so please stay hydrated and if cravings persist, call your doctor.

STEAK

It’s always a WTF moment when you haven’t had beef in years and suddenly you find yourself sitting at your desk, thinking of a juicy Porterhouse. You can practically smell it. Your co-workers give you strange looks as you salivate over your keyboard. If this sounds familiar, check your iron levels. They could be low. Red meat is a good source of the mineral, so it makes sense your body cries for it when levels are down. But there are also other foods that can give you iron, like spinach, legumes, and even unsulphered prunes.

 

CHEESE

If you always want grilled cheese or pizza, your body may be crying out for fatty acids, like Omega-3s. According to experts, many of us don’t have a diet rich in the stuff which is why the platter of smoked Gouda can feel irresistible at times.  To boost your levels, try eating sea vegetables, salmon, or nuts and seeds.

 

PEANUT BUTTER

Love peanut butter so much you can’t even have it in the house? You’re not alone. And while we admit it may be one of the most incredible inventions in the history of man, there’s a legit reason why you can’t pry the jar  from your hands. Peanut butter has a nice blend of all three macronutrients and if you’re cutting carbs or fat, your body could be craving it to get those building blocks. Solution: stop eliminating food groups. A small amount of healthy fat will not sabotage weight loss efforts (if that’s your goal) and whole grains like oatmeal provide belly filling fiber, as well as potassium and phosphorous.

 

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