7 Things Your Cravings Say about Your Diet ...


Instead of feeling bad about those chocolate cravings that hit midday, why not try to consider some things your cravings say to you that can help you understand why they occur? That “about to die for a piece of chocolate” feeling you have might not just be because chocolate is one of the best foods in the world, but could be due to legitimate biological factors that lead to the cravings. Cravings can come from many different reasons, and sometimes in the strangest forms. For instance, during a time where I had been meat-free for about 10 years, I was at work one day and all the sudden thought I was about to die to have burger. I know, crazy, right? The thing is, I knew if I had a burger in front of me, I might want to eat it, but still don’t really want the actual meat. What my body needed was more protein and iron, not technically a piece of red meat. So, instead of chowing down on a fast food burger, I increased my protein more the next week, as well as added plant sources of iron to my diet, and high quality sources like wild salmon. The results? I no longer crave burgers. This is just an example, of course, but still, a great way to show you that there are certain things your cravings say, which you might not always understand or relate to at first. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you can’t have that chocolate, but it might help you feel less guilty about why you do.

1. Magnesium Deficiency

Most of the time, one of the main things your cravings say about you is that you’re coming up short on one or more nutrients. Most people crave chocolate, salty foods, and sugar more than anything else. Rarely do you ever crave broccoli or baked chicken, right? Anytime your diet is lacking in high quality fats, magnesium-rich foods, B vitamin rich foods, healthy carbohydrates, and natural sources of minerals that your body mistakenly craves as salt, you’ll often crave unhealthy forms of these foods that can give you a quick “fix” for these nutrients. Chocolate is a rich source of magnesium, which is needed to fight stress, give you energy, and is responsible for over 200 enzymatic reactions in your body. Magnesium is also quickly depleted through stress and exercise, meaning you have to keep eating magnesium rich foods to increase your levels without supplements. Chocolate and leafy greens contain more magnesium than any food on the planet. Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and almonds are other fantastic sources.

Mineral Needs
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