8 Things You Need to Know About Cravings [Part 1]

Self-Sabotage? Thirst? Nutrient Deficiencies? Personal Life? These are all causes of cravings

In this two part series I’m going to talk about the 8 causes of cravings and how you can decode them. When you’re finished reading you’ll be more curious about your cravings and what they’re trying to tell you.

Our body is amazing!

It knows when to go to sleep, when to wake up, and when to go to the bath-room. It maintains a temperature of 98.6 degrees, repairs itself when wounded, and knows the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth. Your heart never misses a beat. Your lungs are always breathing. The body is a super computer, and it never makes mistakes.

Many people see their cravings as a weakness, but really they are important messages meant to support you in maintaining balance. When you experience a craving, deconstruct it. Ask yourself, what does my body want and why?

Let’s cover a few right now to get you curious!

1. Nutrient Deficient

If the body has inadequate nutrients, it will produce odd cravings. For example, inadequate mineral levels produce salt cravings, and overall inadequate nutrition produces cravings for non-nutritional forms of energy, like caffeine and sugar. Do you ever find it strange when pregnant women crave pickles and ice cubes? This is likely a sign their body is asking for minerals…after all they’re eating for two.

 

2. Thirst

Lack of water can send the message that you are thirsty and on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration can manifest as a mild hunger, so the first thing to do when you get a craving is drink a full glass of water. Excess water can also cause cravings, so be sure that your water intake is well balanced. Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in water per day.

 

3. Personal Life

Being dissatisfied with a relationship or feeling stressed about family, having an inappropriate exercise routine (too much, too little, or the wrong kind), being bored, stressed, uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice may all cause emotional eating. Eating can be used as a substitute for entertainment or to fill the void of primary food. Instead of letting this concious or subconscious trigger tell you to raid the pantry, take a moment to check in with yourself and ask yourself if it’s hunger or your personal life.

 

4. Self-Sabotage

When things are going extremely well, sometimes self-sabotage occurs. We crave foods that throw us off, thus creating more cravings to balance ourselves. This often happens from low blood sugar and may result in strong mood swings. Why do we do this? This is quite possibly the reason that is hard for me to figure out. I’m totally guilty of doing this!

 

Now that you’re equipped with a bit more information about what your cravings are telling you, are you going to tune in and listen?

I’ll be back next week with part 2! Until then check out these 6 nourishing breakfasts that require no cooking whatsoever. They’re simple choices that are loaded with fiber and healthy fats so you’re not left craving much.

Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

Holistic Health Coach

 I help women feel good about food and their bodies without the constant battle of dieting. Your body wants you to feel good and is your best health advocate. Let's hang out and discover how to be well without dieting ever again. Thanks for being here!

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