If You Crave...
What You Really Need Is...
It's 3:30 p.m., you've had a day that's been jammed pack with meetings, appointments, and running errands that have taken you all over the city. On a normal day at this time you are craving something sweet, but after a day like today your are an all out fiend.
Ever wonder why?
We can almost guarantee that it is not because what ever your go to sweet treat is, is irresistibly delicious, but that you are probably lacking a certain nutrient in your diet.
In this Wellness Wednesday post, we are giving you the skinny on what could actually be causing these cravings and as an added bonus, we'll show you healthy options to satisfy your hunger!
Keep reading for some great information!
Chocolate cravings usually result from a lack of magnesium in your body.In stead of hitting the candy isle at the closest gas station, reach for some raw nuts and seeds instead. Fruit is another great alternative and it's good for your body! Some good fruits to chose from are: oranges, cantaloupe, grapes, watermelon, grapefruit, honeydew melons, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries.
2. Soda & Other Carbonated Drinks
Your body is trying to tell you that it needs calcium. Here's another important piece of advice for you--the solution for getting more calcium is not always milk (while milk is a source of calcium, our recommendations take a different approach).Trade in the soda for something green and leafy instead! Satisfy your craving for carbonation with these healthy options: mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese or sesame.
3. Preference For Solids Over Liquids
If you find yourself really CRAVING solid food as apposed to something liquid, you need to focus on increasing your water intake.This craving is usually caused by dehydration. You have been dehydrated for so longthat you have lost your thirst. Flavor your water using real lemons or limes to put a stop to the craving.
REMEMBER: You should consume at least 1/2 your body weight in oz. of water DAILY!
4. Salty Foods
In the mood for something salty? Before you grab a bag of chips, take a minute to find out why....the nutrient your body is lacking in is chloride.Instead of eating chips that are high in fats and oils, try eating some not so oily fish seasoned with your favorite spices, pepper, and unrefined sea salt.
Are there ever times where it seems like your cravings are the ones in control?
It's time for you to take back control over your cravings!