Has it ever happened to you that a strong feeling came up that you should have chocolate, chips or biscuits? And you felt mad like pregnant women crave for this or that.
The fact is that you do not have to be pregnant to have this “I must have something to eat, or I die” feeling.
But, why does it come? What do your body and soul want to tell you? Just keep reading on to learn the reasons.
I want chocolate!
What does your body tell your when you crave for chocolate?
Eating chocolate increases the level of serotonin in your body. That is a kind of happiness hormone. When you crave for chocolate, unconsciously we want to cure or prevent depression and be happier to have energy for the days. Your body knows when it is close its maximum limit, and this is the time when we want chocolate.
And, what does your soul want to tell you?
It depends on the type of chocolate you want.
If you crave for dark one, then that means you want to be with someone. So, you should go out to meet new people or be with your friends.
If you crave for milky one that means you feel yourself better alone, but you need some time to enjoy and refill yourself alone. So, get a good book, listen to music, have a long bath with aromas. Anything that makes you happy.
I want something salty!
What does your body want to tell you?
If you feel that you have to eat chips, a steak or anything that is salty, it is a sign that your body miss some sort of minerals.
For example, studies have proved that those people who suffer from calcium deficiency, always crave for salty things.
Those individuals who have enough calcium daily, do not have this feeling. Having the proper type and amount of minerals help absorption of the calcium into the body. So, use good quality sea salt for cooking and pay attention to have enough minerals and calcium daily by consuming dairy and whole wheat foods.
What does your soul want to message to you?
Those people who like the salty flavor, typically control themselves in almost every part of their lives. They are good at their job and home. They pay attention to their friends and family, but they forget to spend time on themselves.
I want something sweet!
What does your body want to tell you?
This feeling is not the same as the craving for chocolate. It can be ice-cream, sweets, bakery, cookies, etc.
When you crave for sweet things, your body wants to tell you that it is tired, fatigue and it needs energy. Your body needs sugar to work properly both mentally and physically. And when it gets it, it makes us happy.
What about your soul?
If you usually feel that you should have something sugary immediately, you may want to get rid of those typical and boring days as soon as possible. You feel each of your days are the same and you need change, something that is much different from the average.
You want sweet then salty, or salty than sweet.
Has it ever happened to you that you had a cake and right then you carve for some salty such as chips? Then, you wanted something sweet again? Or vice versa?
This usually happens if we take away more than one type of food or almost everything from our body.
This can happen if we go on a strict, in most of the cases unhealthy, diet. And the body is hungry since it does not get the right type and the amount of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Or you are after a restless period which was full of stress, so your body used up its stores.
What about your soul?
Typically those people have this strange feeling who are not understood by others. This manner is owned by individuals who are creative but lonely. They have exceptional creativity, and maybe they are geniuses, but they cannot share their feelings with others.
Why am I craving spicy food?
If you are craving spicy food, your blood sugar level or blood pressure is low.
If someone’s blood pressure goes down seriously, it is something like the body is cold inside.
That is why the body wants spicy or hot foods that increase the blood flow, blood pressure, and metabolism. So, the body makes itself warmer inside.
What does your soul tell?
People who like hot and spicy foods are precise and want to be perfect in everything. They want things to happen as they imagined. The food they want to eat is like their soul, hot and burning.
How to Stop Food Cravings
Probably there isn’t a person who haven’t craved for a particular food at one point, feeling that hard to resist desire to get that food and eat it. When you are trying to follow a healthy diet, these cravings are rather uncomfortable, because they make this mission hard to keep.
But why do we crave for some foods? Is our body that stubborn when it comes to eating healthy? Or are unhealthy habits hard to forget?
Cravings are not quite the same as hunger…and in fact they couldn’t be more different. Hunger is controlled by the stomach, but cravings are controlled by the brain. Hunger is all about your survival mechanism, but cravings are all about your body communicating with you. ~ food cravings meaning from bengreenfieldfitness.com
When you desire for something, your body is trying, in fact, to send you a message. It is seeking to tell you that something is missing, which is a nutrient your organism needs to unroll its natural and necessary processes. It can go without that particular nutrient for a while, but when its absence is for too long, a craving will get installed.
So when you are craving for a particular food, what does that mean?
It depends on what you are craving for. You see, if you want chocolate, for instance, it doesn’t mean that you just need to have something sweet. It means that you need magnesium.
Usually, this type of craving takes place when we are stressed or fatigued, magnesium helping our body reduce stress levels and release the so-called “happiness hormone”. This is why chocolate is considered to be a comforting food. Still, if you want to eat healthy, go for dark chocolate, as it has the highest level of cocoa.
But, magnesium can be found in other foods as well. You can have it by consuming raw nuts and seeds, by eating fruits, bananas being an excellent source of magnesium, and vegetables. If you want to make sure you enjoy the proper level of magnesium, the fruits and veggies should be consumed fresh as well.
As you can see, your body does not need chocolate necessarily, but when it craves for it, this is the signal of lacking a nutrient.
It happens the same with the rest of the cravings as well. We don’t need to consume the food we are craving for but try instead to figure out what is missing, the cause of the craving. Knowing this will help you know what is lacking from your diet, so you can replenish it by eating the foods that contain the missing ingredient.
You will find additional information about other types of cravings in the food craving chart below, giving you a hint about your cravings.
In case you want to avoid them, all you need to do is to have a diverse diet. Try consuming a bit of everything. You should have fruits and veggies, legumes, whole cereals, even a bit of meat now and then because the goal is to keep it balanced.
Of course, if you want to be a vegetarian, you can very well do that because there are many vegetables out there with a high content of proteins.
The main idea is to make sure that your body beneficiates from all the minerals, vitamins, and essential nutrients it needs to keep up the good work, which will lead to an excellent state of health and mood.
The following chart will help you how to control food cravings.
How to stop craving junk food?
I think from all the food cravings the worst is the junk food that is full of sugar or salt, fat, and other unhealthy ingredients. They are useless nutrition. From the following video, you can learn a few tips on how to fight junk foods.
Why do we have pregnancy food cravings?
I remember when my wife was pregnant she ate everything but the kitchen sink. And I was so scared when she was chewing huge burgers and packets of salty and spicy chips one after another. The funny thing is she was never craving sour foods like other moms.
Do you want to know why that happens? Read the answer here.