We’ve all been there. Sitting at our desk at 3 p.m. on a regular Tuesday. Minding our business. Finishing up some reports or about to run into an end of day meeting, when BAM! A nasty craving comes out of nowhere and all of a sudden it feels like you would trade everything you own for a piece of chocolate.
While your stomach controls hunger, your brain controls cravings. When one hits, it’s your brain trying to tell you something.
Craving chocolate is usually more than just a sweet tooth. Chocolate is very high in magnesium and magnesium is a very common deficiency, especially among women. If you are trying to avoid chocolate, you can usually lose the craving by eating other food high in magnesium. Like seafood, dark leafy greens or nuts.
Sweets and Sugar Cravings
If you are craving sweets (sometimes even straight up sugar. no chaser.) you are likely experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. It’s seems counter-intuitive (and way less fun) but often giving into a sugar craving will only increase your cravings as it sends you on a blood sugar roller-coaster. To really kill a sugar craving, aim for high fiber foods, like nuts or legumes, or complex carbohydrates.
Pretzels, Chips and other Salty Food Cravings
Cravings for pretzels, chips and other salty foods often mean strong fluctuations in stress hormones in the body. Getting some stress-management in your life (meditation, exercise etc.) will help with these cravings.
Craving cheese or pizza is often an indicator of a fatty acid deficiency. Mmmm. Delicious fatty acids… It is common and normal for most people to experience fatty acid deficiencies on occasion. An alternative to cheese to satisfy these cravings is salmon or raw walnuts which also contain fatty acids. But we think cheese seems way more fun.
Red Meat Cravings
Not surprisingly, craving red meat often means you are iron deficient. This often shows up in the form of burger or steak cravings.It’s important to remember to have vitamin c while indulging in your iron cravings so make sure to put some colorful vegetables on that burger.