What To Do When Your Cravings Start To Get Too Hard To Handle
Written by: Brandi Monasco
You have probably experienced a craving for chocolate or even something starchy like bread or potatoes. Who hasn’t? And it is perfectly normal for your body to have a craving.
Having a craving does not always mean that you “have to have” that cookie. In fact, having a craving is your body’s way of expressing that you need a vital vitamin or nutrient. Sometimes you may even have a craving during stressful situations or when you have had a rough day.
When you understand what your cravings mean and how to fix them, you can control what goes into your body easier and actually tame those cravings.
You might crave chips, pretzels and even those salty french fries and when you do, it is because your body is actually craving a mineral or electrolyte that you may be low on. Having salty cravings can also be a sign of dehydration. Salty cravings can also be a sign of stress hormone fluctuations within your body and this stress can be causing your adrenal glands to go crazy.
If stress is what is causing your salty cravings, you need to try to get your stress under control. Try breathing exercises, meditation, or other stress-management techniques.
If stress is not what is causing your salty cravings, you could be missing chloride, which is an important electrolyte that your body needs. Your body needs chloride to keep the proper balance of body fluids and to help keep the correct amount of fluid in your cells.
To fix this, eat olives, celery, tomatoes and Himalayan sea salt.
Red Meat Cravings:
A craving for red meat usually means that you are lacking iron. This could be a craving for steak or burgers. Iron is responsible for producing hemoglobin and red blood cells. Your red blood cells are what transport oxygen from your lungs throughout the rest of your body. Without a proper amount of iron in your blood, you could develop anemia. Iron is also responsible for maintaining as well as strengthening your immune system.
If you find yourself craving a steak, try to choose lean and organic red meat like bison or beef. If you are not a meat eater, opt to eat beans and legumes, figs and any other dried fruits that are high in iron.
Cravings For Cheese:
A craving for cheese can mean that you are lacking a fatty acid such as omega-3. Your body requires fatty acid in order to function properly. Fatty acids help to reduce inflammation, reduce your risk for cancer and prevent heart disease.
However, that cheese craving could also mean that your body is low on calcium. Calcium is needed because it not only helps to build bones, but it also helps to maintain those bones and keep them strong.
If you find yourself craving cheese, try eating wild salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, broccoli, mustard and turnip greens and kale.
Bread, Pasta, Or Pastry Cravings:
Craving pastas or breads could mean that you are lacking chromium. Chromium is needed in your body to help regulate your blood sugar and to transport glucose to the different cells in your body. The glucose is then stored so that it can be used later for energy.
Instead of loading down with bread, try eating romaine lettuce, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, grapes and apples and adding cinnamon to something yummy!
What cravings do you struggle with and what ways work best for you to take control of them? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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