Food Cravings! Something all of us have experienced – but few understand. If we could just understand why we crave certain foods – we could possibly win the war on weight loss. If we understood cravings – maybe we could even follow a healthier diet – or stick closer to our ideal weight. Why DO we crave chocolate, for example? Why do we crave fried foods? Why do we crave crushed ice and so many things that really don’t seem to have any explanation at all.
Today’s we’re talking about – “Food Cravings – If you crave THIS – your body is lacking THIS”!
As a general rule – we crave certain foods because our body is lacking a nutrient or nutrients it needs.
If we could just figure out the mystery of what our body is lacking – we could remedy that situation and stop craving those high calorie foods – and remedy that deficiency in a healthier way.
Cravings are our body’s way of letting us know we are lacking particular nutrients! Once we supply those missing nutrients – our cravings for that particular food will stop.
Most all of us have a craving of one type or other and all of those cravings mean ‘something’ is missing from your body that you desperately need.
I hope you’ll think about your own cravings and give this some thought too.
Cravings, Our Liver and Our Digestion
THIS physical problem is no different from any other. All of our problems start in the gut and liver. If we don’t have a healthy liver and a digestion system that’s working properly – we’re not going to be or get healthy – no matter what we do.
SO always first and foremost – start working on the liver and digestion. We highly recommend Liver Smart Milk Thistle for the liver – and Nature’s Sunshine Probiotic 11 for digestion. Just doing those 2 things are going to give you a good jump start on the road to better health. And we take these daily – they’re just part of our daily life because we know how important they are.
How I started learning about cravings
In about 2008, a colon problem that started out slow for me … started going to the serious side and our own doctor had no answer and we were frantically searching for answers outside of conventional medicine.
I knew there was an answer besides major surgery from a conventional doctor – but we couldn’t seem to find anyone who could help me FIND that answer. The 2 conventional doctors I went to – only wanted to treat my symptoms. I knew treating the symptoms was only putting a band aid on the problem and I knew I was going to have to find someone who could help me get to the bottom of my symptoms – and treat the cause – eliminating my problem altogether.
So I got on the internet and researched naturopathic doctors in St Louis and Nashville because we’re right smack dab in the middle between them – and just a couple hours from both.
That’s when I found Dr Jackie in St Louis.
Dr Jackie was a little chubby black woman about 4’11” and she had the biggest smile and an even bigger poofy/short ponytail and a very friendly manner and a laugh that just pulled you right in.
On my first visit to Dr Jackie – she took me into her office and we shook hands and she said “We’re going to heal your body without surgery and there is no doubt about it. So I just want to get that very clear right now. But we’re going to start off by me asking you a very important question and the answers you give me to those questions will set us on the path to your healing. The first thing I need to know,” Dr Jackie went on – “is “WHAT do you crave in the way of foods?”
I said “Well I crave anything fried” She said “BINGO!!! We’re already over halfway there. Consider yourself almost healed already – that should have TOLD you – your body is lacking OIL – but it needs to be a healthy oil”
Dr Jackie knew instantly – just by knowing what foods I crave – what was wrong with my body. And after several visits to 2 local conventional doctors – I learned that within 5 minutes of entering her examining room and it turned out she was exactly right.
So 12 weekly visits later – we had our last visit with Dr Jackie and oh my goodness – I was almost saddened to not have to go back because the geezer and I just both – loved her to pieces and she was teaching me about my own body and I was learning volumes weekly.
What We Learned About Our Own Body’s Cravings
Towards the end of the 12 weeks, Dr Jackie talked to the geezer and me both about us moving to St Louis for just 6 to 8 weeks because she said my current knowledge of natural healing and the body and how it works and how fast I’m able to absorb her teachings – coupled with my personality and eagerness to help people – she wanted to train me to be a health coach and she said if we’d move to St Louis for just a couple months so I could train under her – she’d set up a satellite office in Metropolis and she’d have me making $70 an hour right off the bat. The local office would simply be an evaluation office and folks in this area could make a short drive for a diagnosis – to see if they wanted to make the long – and often overnight trip to St Louis for treatment by a licensed professional.
That was SO tempting and the geezer and I DID talk seriously about it. But I couldn’t imagine the geezer having 12 to 14 hours a day to kill in a big city when he hates cities and we were already retired and I just didn’t really ‘want’ to move to St Louis for even 2 months. OR work outside our home. This was even before the birth of the blog – and once the blog came to be – it evolved into me being able to help folks from right here in my home office just by sharing ways to diagnose ourselves and use home remedies – and I was so thrilled.
Cravings, Food Addictions – What They Mean and How To Cure Them
I learned volumes from Dr Jackie and probably the first and main thing I learned was that when we have symptoms of this and that and especially if you have specific cravings … it’s most often because our bodies are lacking a crucial nutrient. And just the simple act of supplying that nutrient back into our cells … will often remedy a situation that even looks rather grim to most folks.
Detox Programby Tanya Alekseeva
Most all of us have craving of one type or other and most of those cravings mean ‘something’ is missing from your body that you desperately need.
I hope you’ll think about your own cravings and give this some thought too…
The chart was created by Tanya Alekseeva, a Wellness Coach who specializes in Raw Food
Nutrition and Detoxification options.
Tanya works with a variety of clients ranging from corporate organizations through to individuals and schools, to educate and ensure they achieve their most desired well-being and ultimate health objectives.
She is the founder of Better Raw .
She travels nationally and internationally providing seminars, workshops, detox programs and one-on-one coaching.
If YOU have a health issue that you just can’t seem to find the answer for – SOMETIMES it just a matter of calming down – taking a step back – and passing the symptoms – to get to the ROOT of that problem.
I found the chart below while researching cravings – and I even found it by accident.
So I think it’s meant for me AND for you to study it.
Food Cravings Explained
Why am I craving cheese?
If you’re craving cheese you could have an essential fatty acids deficiency or a calcium deficiency.
Essential Fatty Acids Deficiency
To remedy an essential fatty acids deficiency, you need Omega 3’s (EPA and DHA). You can get omega 3s from flax oil, ground flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts.
Flaxseed oil is nature’s richest source of vegetable-based vital Omega-3 fatty acids. It’s a good substitute for fish oil, high in lignans (which protects against breast and other estrogen related cancers), slows down the development and spread of melanoma, it’s a natural laxative and just a must have for folks concerned with their health! We like Barlean’s 100% Organic Flax Oil because it is known as the “world’s freshest”!
Sesame seeds, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens are a good way to start correcting a calcium deficiency
Why am I craving pasta, white bread and pastries?
If you’re craving pasta, white bread and pastries you could have a Chromium deficiency.
A chromium deficiency can be restored by adding onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples and sweet potato to your diet.
Why am I craving bread and toast?
If you’re craving bread and toast you could have a Nitrogen Deficiency.
A nitrogen deficiency can be restored by foods containing proteins! Add green leafy veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains to you diet.
Why am I craving Red Meat?
If you’re craving red meat you could have an iron deficiency.
To remedy an iron deficiency start with Vitamin C for iron absorption. Add beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs (and other dried fruits), seaweed, spinach and cherries to your diet!
Why am I craving Popcorn?
If you’re craving popcorn you could have Stress or Hormone Fluctuations.
Stress Hormone Fluctuations
Vitamin B is a big help for stress and hormone fluctuations! Meditation and breathing exercises can also help. Add lots of leafy greens to your diet. (Read more on the amazing benefits of vitamin B here!)
Why am I craving Potato Chips?
If you’re craving Potato Chips you could have a chloride deficiency or an essential fatty acids deficiency.
To remedy a chloride deficiency add celery, olives, tomato kelp and Himalayan sea salt to your diet.
Essential Fatty Acids Deficiency
To remedy an essential fatty acids deficiency, you need Omega 3’s (EPA and DHA). You can get omega 3’s from flax oil, ground flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts.
Why do I crave crushed ice?
Are you always walking around with a glass of crushed ice in your hand? If so – then your body is probably deficient in iron.
So why don’t you try munching on prunes, figs and other dried fruits. Try a cup or two of beans daily and a big spinach salad. You can also supplement with iron – but I’d do that only under a doctor’s care. But just adding those few foods daily – should show you a little improvement in just a few days.
Why do I crave chocolate?
If you crave chocolate it’s often a magnesium deficiency.
Being too low on magnesium is something you should address because low magnesium can affect heart health. It can also give you headaches and even migraines and those awful muscle spasms. We definitely don’t want to be low in magnesium – but chocolate isn’t the best place to get it. Try adding just 3 brazil nuts daily to improve a magnesium deficiency. That will give you your much needed selenium AND a good dose of magnesium. Also eat more nuts, beans, greens … and see if you don’t feel a difference in days.
There are just so many ways to correct our own problems. But first we have to know our body and know what those cravings mean and then supply those much needed nutrients back into our body.
If you have a craving – do some research to see what that particular craving means. And there are off the wall cravings too – like wood and dirt and other weird things. THOSE cravings are called Pica – and they can be from an emotional issue OR it could be your body is lacking one or more nutrients it desperately needs … RESEARCH your own CRAVINGS!
Now we’re sure not doctors here at Love, Home and Health – so if you have a particular issue – we strongly advise you to talk to your own doctor. But if you seem to be spinning your wheels – just take a deep breath and walk yourself through some research – because more often than not – Nature DOES have a remedy!
It’s a Wrap – But Let’s Do This – Stopping Food Cravings
Besides just starting the day off on the right foot with a little balance of protein, fiber and good carb – let’s do this – too.
If you will just start your day with the recommended healthy breakfast above – and add to that – a good milk Thistle (and we recommend Liver Smart) and then also take Nature’s Sunshine Probiotic – OH MY GOODNESS – you will feel an improvements in 2 days. Now that’s if you don’t spend the day downing lots of sugar and junk food. For 2 days – eat healthy – eat lighter than you usually do and take the Milk Thistle and Probiotic. You can also take another Probiotic and Milk Thistle with a 2nd meal of the day. Just start your day with a balanced and healthy breakfast – one Nature’s Sunshine Probiotic and 1 Liver Smart Milk Thistle. And yes there are other supplements on the market by other companies. But at our house – we don’t experiment – we use only tried and true and these are just unbeatable brands.
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