Cravings are universal. We can all relate to what it feels like to be able to think of nothing other than a frosted donut or a bowl of ice-cream – and the feeling like we can’t possibly go on without it. We’ve all been there, right?
The flip side of this situation, though, is that there is far more going on inside of us than only wanting a donut. Cravings contain incredibly important messages that tell us a lot about ourselves and learning to crack the code is easier than you may think. Here are a few types of cravings that you have experienced…
Emotionally Charged Cravings. You may not struggle with this on a daily basis, but I’m certain you’ve experienced emotional eating at some point in your life. If you’ve ever reached for your favorite ‘comfort food’ (hint: that word alone describes emotional eating!) when you were feeling lonely or sad, you have used food to feed your emotions. Take a moment to check in with yourself before a meal -- ask yourself if you’re feeding hunger or emotions. It can be quite difficult to train yourself to eat for nourishment only, but it can be done with practice!
Nutrient Deficiency Cravings. This one’s easy – if your body lacks certain nutrients, cravings will surface to provide what your body is lacking. So for example, craving a hamburger may mean you are lacking protein or chocolate cravings may mean your magnesium is low. Your body knows just what it needs, and if it’s not getting that, it will tell you. You just have to listen, and know what to “listen” for. There are a few things you can do to keep your cravings at bay:
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