We have all been there, picking like a lunatic at 11pm and just can’t seem to stop ourselves, or can’t just eat one (biscuit, cake, sweet, etc).
Most women crave something during pregnancy, when you are sick you crave specific foods, when you diet you crave foods, when you are trying to be good it’s like your brain is playing against you because all you think of are the foods you “can’t have”.
Well there is a common reason for all these cravings. Your body is far more clover than you but not always clear in it’s communication. Your body is trying to tell you that you are lacking something vital but it’s not being very clear.
If you are constantly tripped up by your cravings then you need to look at your diet and ask what you are missing.
The main cravings and missing nutrients
Craving - Sugar
Missing - Energy is low
Introduce - Protein packed foods
Fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds
Craving - Starchy carbs
Missing - Need a mood boost
Need an energy boost
Introduce - Healthy fats
Nutrient dense foods
Craving - Salt
Missing - Could be feeling anxious or thirsty
You need healthy salts
Introduce - Himalayan crystal salt
Hydrating fruits and veg
Craving - Pizza or burgers (fast food)
Missing - Fats
Introduce - Eat healthy fats
Nutrient dense food
So the next time you think you aren’t control of your cravings look at what your diet is missing. I always say start by adding more vegetables and removing more processed foods.
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.