You know what I'm talking about, right? That "gotta have it and gotta have it now" feeling. 

Gotta have... 

 

  • chocolate 
  • chips 
  • ice cream 
  • bread 
  • and more... 

Cravings are very powerful!  

You might be familiar with the power of cravings...that feeling of being pulled like a magnet to a specific food.

 

But there's another power to cravings, and that is that they're one of our body's alarm systems. Think of them as a red light flashing "alert, alert - there's something going on here!"  

Cravings are a message from our body and our emotions. It's our job to listen to that message and decipher what our body and soul needs. 

A big clue in deciphering a craving is to pay attention to what - specifically - you are craving. 

Usually cravings fall into 4 categories: 

  • Salty  
  • Sweet 
  • Bready  
  • Crunchy (sometimes crunchy can go with sweet, salty or bready)  

Each of these categories tells us something unique:

  • A salty craving may be telling us we're a bit mineral deficient or dehydrated.
  • A sweet craving may be a signal that our blood sugar levels are not stable, or that we need more sweetness in our life!
  • Crunchy cravings often come up when we're angry or annoyed.
  • Bready cravings often show up when we're stressed out and need some soothing.

The three quick fixes below address the underlying message of your craving.

But don't underestimate the last - "slow" strategy - it's the most powerful of all.

 

 

QUICK FIXES:

1. HYDRATE

As soon as a craving hits, reach for the water. It's easy to misinterpret your body's need for hydration as hunger. Drink two glasses of water and then check in with your craving. It very possible it will have subsided or diminished. This works for all types of cravings.

 

2. REPLENISH WITH MINERALS

Giving yourself a mineral boost can help with both sweet and salty cravings.  I can strongly recommend GNLD Multi mineral plus alfalfa as this supplement will supplement on many minerals which we lack.

The older you are, the less likely you are to be getting enough chromium – an essential mineral that helps stabilise blood sugar levels and, hence, weight.  The average daily intake is below 50mcg, while an optimal intake, certainly for those with a weight and blood sugar problem, is around 200mcg.  Chromium is found in whole foods and is therefore higher in whole-wheat flour, bread or pasta than in refined products.  Beans, nuts and seeds are other good sources and asparagus and mushrooms are especially rich in it.  Since chromium works with insulin to help stabilise your blood sugar levels, appetite and weight, the more uneven your blood sugar levels the more chromium you use up.  Since I have been adding Chromium as a daily supplement to my diet I have notice that I do not want to have something sweet all the time.

 

 

3. EAT!

Many cravings come from a crash in blood sugar levels that will make you seek anything that will get your blood sugar levels back up and give you energy. Not skipping meals and having small healthy fat/protein snacks (like a few almonds or walnuts) can keep you from descending into that ravenous pit.  When you are on your program, make sure you do have your meals all your meals and do not stretch them more than 5 hours apart.

 

And now for that powerful slow strategy...

 

4. GIVE YOURSELF WHAT YOU REALLY NEED

As I mentioned above, your cravings are a way that your body communicates. But the message isn't only about food, it's also about your emotional needs.

  • What do you really need?
  • What do you crave in your life?
  • What gives you true pleasure?
  • What are your desires?

When you can know what you are craving for - on a deeper emotional and soul level, and then give it to yourself - then you'll truly be full.

Cravings can be a great teacher. I hope you'll listen to them as the messengers that they are.