What Your Body is Really Trying to Tell You With Food Cravings

By Truth | The Healers Journal

One of the great ironies of Western/first world societies is that although obesity rates are through the roof, we are simultaneously malnourished like never before in our history.  This is primarily due to the devitalization (read: removal of essential nutrients) of our foods.  Processed foods still supply macronutrients our body can use for energy like protein, fat and carbohydrates, however, they severely lack micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants).  Therefore they can still give us the illusion we are healthy and well while simultaneously causing us to gain weight while and leaving our bodies completely malnourished of essential daily vitamins and minerals.  In this state, our bodies are essentially slowly breaking down and decaying towards increasing levels disease.  I have known many people who are less than 30, overweight, malnourished and already suffering from diseases related to a poor diet such as candida, IBS, blood sugar issues and more due to the over reliance on processed foods in their diets.

 

The Root Cause of and Cure to Food Cravings

When our bodies are highly malnourished from the overconsumption of devitalized foods, we experience food cravings, as this is our bodies way of telling us it needs specific nutrients.  If we consume whole, organic, unprocessed foods in response to these cravings, then we can begin to address these underlying deficiencies and simultaneously end or severely reduce food cravings.  The problem usually occurs when people have food cravings and instead of consuming nourishing, whole foods, still choose the processed junk that they are used to, which only perpetuates the problem.  If you are already eating healthy or trying to make the transition, then by using the chart below and learning what common food cravings actually translate to food/nutrient wise, you will understand exactly what your body is telling you it needs and be able to make the right choices instead of reaching for candy, chips or ice cream out of desperation (and deliciousness… although I will say that the healthier one becomes, processed foods begin to lose their appeal and taste.  Eventually you can begin to taste the chemicals and preservatives, and I assure you, they do not taste good as they once did).

 

Adding Nutrient Dense Foods to Your Diet

One of the main things we can do to decrease or eliminate food cravings is to increase our intake of extremely nutrient dense foods.  I highly recommend Hydrilla Verticillata for this purpose.

You can learn more about Hydrilla Verticillata here: Hydrilla Verticillata Powder

Hydrilla is perhaps the most nutrient dense food on the planet, with incredibly high levels of essential daily nutrients such as Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A, B-Complex Vitamins (including B-12).  Hydrilla will reduce food cravings and help one to lose weight as it supplies many of the essential nutrients our bodies need daily for radiant health and wellbeing.  Hydrilla also has a gentle cleansing effect on the digestive tract, which helps to detox harmful substances and wastes from the body.

 

Food Craving Nutrition Chart

If you crave this… What you really need is… And here are healthy foods that have it:
Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Sweets Chromium Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
Carbon Fresh fruits
Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains
Sulfur Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toast Nitrogen High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, fatty foods Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or tea Phosphorous Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
Sulfur Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
NaCl (salt) Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
Iron Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol, recreational drugs Protein Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
Avenin Granola, oatmeal
Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Glutamine Supplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice
Potassium Sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing ice Iron Meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Burned food Carbon Fresh fruits
Soda and other carbonated drinks Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foods Chloride Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foods Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Preference for liquids rather than solids Water Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Preference for solids rather than liquids Water You have been so dehydrated for so long that you have lost your thirst. Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Cool drinks Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Pre-menstrual cravings Zinc Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
General overeating Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Lack of appetite Vitamin B1 Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
Vitamin B3 Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes
Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Chloride Raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
Tobacco Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables
Chart originally appears at NaturopathyWorks

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