Today let’s talk about Cravings! Do You Have Cravings? Are they strong cravings or just mild? How would you rate the level of your cravings, and what are they?
Your body is so amazing! It knows when to go to sleep, when to wake up, and when to blink. It maintains a temperature of 98.6 degrees, repairs itself when injured, and knows the miracle of creating another human being. Your heart beats without you telling it to. Your lungs breathe for you. The body is a super computer, and it never makes mistakes. When you are experiencing cravings, take a look at the foods, deficits, and behaviors in your life that are the underlying causes of your cravings.
For instance a craving for chocolate can be your body telling you it is deficient in Magnesium. A small square or two a day may help satisfy this craving by restoring your magnesium levels, and then you won’t be tempted to eat a whole bar at a time, because you have corrected the underlying cause of the craving.
Have you slept well the night before? Lack of sleep can cause us to eat more and have cravings as well.
Many people view cravings as weakness, but really they are important messages meant to assist you in maintaining balance. When you experience a craving, deconstruct it. Ask yourself, what does my body want and why? Keep in mind if it is sugar and sweets you are craving constantly, it could be a sugar addiction. We also have cravings when we are trying to replace something in our emotional lives, and certain foods can mean comfort to us like a favorite food from childhood.
Think about what you are craving this week. Keep a journal for the week and write down all your cravings. I find the notebook on my phone to be handy for this. Can you satisfy your cravings by having just a little of the food you are craving, or replacing it with another activity, a healthier food choice if you are craving an indulgence, a warm hug, time spent outdoors, de-stressing with a favorite pass time, or exercise?
I am always here to listen. You are a superstar!