Listen carefully to what your body is telling you. Sometimes we hunger for more than just food. Here is a list of common cravings and how to feed them:
Salt is a natural healer of your adrenal system. Craving salt is a sign that your adrenal system is in high gear or stressed. Instead of reaching for chips and fries, try sea salt, seaweed snacks, hearty greens like Swiss chard and spinach, eggs, coconut oil, or avocado.
* Practice deep breathing, meditation, walking, or take a nap!
We crave carbohydrates when we are feeling moody, down, or depressed; carbohydrates, however, are inefficient and ineffective, therefore they become quite addictive. Instead of processed carbohydrates, try a roasted sweet potato, green juices and smoothies, melons and berries, quinoa, millet, and buckwheat.
* Always try to get out in the sunshine and exercise! Laugh!
We tend to seek out sugar when we are tired and exhausted with low energy. To avoid a blood sugar spike when you are craving sweets, stock up on fruits and nuts, green juices and smoothies, dates, dark chocolate, avocado, or banana with peanut butter and coconut oil.
* Do something fun and adventurous; exercise! Whatever you do, do not skip meals and be sure to stay hydrated with lemon, ginger, mint, or cucumber infused water.
Dairy signals our need for comfort and care; our nervous system is still equipped with memories of mamma’s milk. This could be why so many pregnant women crave ice cream! Instead of ice cream, try hemp milk, goat cheese, almonds, walnuts, or green juices and smoothies.
* Engage in comforting activities like reading or yoga.
This may signal digestive distress where the body is actually craving food that is less stressful on the intestines. Bananas, coconut water, green tea, oatmeal, steamed greens with brown rice and sea salt are just a few options that are easy on the digestive system.
* Try a warm bath with Epsom salt.
There are many reasons we crave fatty foods; a couple of these reasons include feeling undernourished or too busy to eat. The digestive system may not be able to absorb nutrients. This signals a need for two things: grounding and nourishment. For some healthy alternatives, try hummus, almond butter, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, eggs, or a big colorful salad. Don’t place restrictions on yourself and make sure that you indulge in a simple pleasure.
* Outdoor exercise and connecting with nature can be beneficial as well.
Meat cravings signal a protein and / or iron deficiency. Don’t give in to the drive-thru burger joint! Reach for a high-quality, lean animal protein source like fish or chicken. Greens, dried dates, dried apricots, beans, and lentils are all great choices for vegetarians.
* Make sure to be tested for anemia and take a B vitamin and Iron supplement to prevent a deficiency.