Some days we may feel ourselves craving certain foods and overindulging more than normal. When we do it is interesting to reflect on the why. Look at the foods, deficits and behaviours in your life that point to the underlying causes of your cravings.
- Lack of Primary Food – Primary food is all things that ‘feeds’ our emotional , physical and spiritual well being and if there is a void, can lead to emotional eating. Being dissatisfied with a relationship or having an inappropriate exercise routine (too little or too much), being bored, stressed, uninspired by a job, lacking a greater purpose can all cause emotional eating. Eating can be used as a substitute for entertainment or to fill the void of primary food.
- Inside coming out – Cravings often come from foods that we have recently eaten, ‘moreish’ foods such as chocolate or crisps. They can also be foods eaten by our families or what we ate from our childhood. It stirs up a certain memory or feeling when we have them. A clever way to satisfy these cravings is to eat a healthier version of these foods from our childhood.
- Seasonal – Our bodies can often crave foods to balance the elements of the season. During winter many of us crave hot and heat producing foods like meat, oil and fats. Cravings can also be associated with the Festive season such as foods like mince pies, Christmas pudding and turkey.
- Water – 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. Especially important at the time of year with all of the heating in our offices and homes.
- Lack of Nutrients – If the body has inadequate nutrients, it will produce odd cravings. For example, inadequate mineral levels produce salt cravings. If we have been overindulging in drinking alcohol our bodies get depleted in minerals. A good rehydration drink is a glass of warm water, with a large dollop of honey and a pinch of sea salt. This will help balance your sodium levels and rehydrate you.
Many people view cravings as weaknesses, but they are really important messages meant to assist you in maintaining balance. When you experience a craving, deconstruct it.
Ask yourself, what does my body want and why? Notice what you uncover…