We all get food cravings, whether it is fries or candy once in a while you just get a craving. If you are craving fast food more than fruits and veggies that means you are eating too much junky food and that you have too much fat in your diet. Today we have made a list of foods that you might crave, the reasons why your body is craving them and some healthy alternatives. Don’t give into the junk food!
Candy, Sugar, Cookies, donuts, Cupcakes or anything sugary.
What your body is telling you is that you lack chromium, carbon, sulfur, or tryptophan. Chromium is what helps regulate blood sugar levels in your body. Carbon is one of the elements that sugar is made from, sulfur helps remove toxins from your body and tryptophan is a serotonin regulator. Don’t grab the cookie, brownie or candy bar.
Instead try eating cranberries or grapes. Veggies that will curb those cravings are cabbage (throw some in a salad), beans, kale and broccoli. That may not sound as satisfying but it will have the same effect on your body as eating something sugary.
If you are craving chocolate your body is missing magnesium. Magnesium is essential to our bodies it helps over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Some of them relating to relaxation, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, and high blood pressure. If you must eat chocolate don’t go for milk, or white. Eat a chocolate with a higher percentage of cacao.
If you want to skip the dark chocolate you can eat, dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts, fish, beans, dark molasses and,or cacao nibs.
Bread or pasta
If you are craving bread your body has a lack of nitrogen. Your body needs nitrogen to make proteins in your muscles, skin, blood, hair, nails and DNA.
Instead of eating bread try meat, fish, lentils, nuts, oatmeal, eggs, milk or peas.
Fries, pizza, oily or fatty foods and carbonated drinks.
Your body is needing calcium. Calcium is needed in your body for strong bones, teeth, muscles, hormones, nerve function, and ability to form blood clots. Calcium can also control PMS, high blood pressure, and possibly weight gain.
Good sources of calcium include almonds, cheese, turnip greens, oranges, okra, and broccoli.
It may not be the caffeine. Your body is missing phosphate, sulfur and Iron. Phosphate is good for healthy bone formation, improved digestion, protein formation, hormonal balance, improved energy, and cellular repair. Sulfur helps amino acids in your body and it helps with the production of collagen. It is also a part of keratin, giving strength to hair, skin and nails. Iron helps growth, development, normal cellular functioning of some hormones and connective tissue.
Try nuts, black cherries, lentils, onions, red peppers and garlic.
If you are craving alcohol your body is lacking protein, calcium and potassium. Protein is good for every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Proteins build and repair tissues. Protein is an important for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps the metabolism and chemical balance in the body. Muscle contractions, nerve impulses and regulation of heartbeat require potassium. Deficiencies of potassium can cause kidney stones, osteoporosis, carbohydrate intolerance, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Instead of pouring that glass of wine try having a banana, oatmeal, broccoli or legumes.
Your body needs chloride. Chloride is an electrolytes in the blood. It helps keep the amount of fluid inside and outside of your cells in balance. It also helps maintain proper blood volume, blood pressure, and pH of your body fluids.
Try eating tomatoes, lettuce, celery, nuts, seeds, olives, or seaweed.
You are deficient in iron.
Eat more iron-rich foods like leafy greens, red meat, poultry, seafood, raisins and apricots.