Have you ever wondered how to prevent cravings while you are on a diet, or even just trying simply to eat right? It happens to everybody. You manage to get through the day just eating vegetables and healthy vegan sources of protein and then all of the sudden you feel the urge to binge on chips, ice cream or fried chicken.
The three most common cravings are yearnings for sugar, fat and salt. If we examine these three cravings closely, we might find that there is bit more to wanting a certain food than we initially thought.
Understanding Cravings For Sugar
Sugar is considered by many diet experts to be an addiction as dangerous as nicotine or even heroin. There is nothing that gives us a bigger lift in mood than a shot of sugar. However, sugar only provides a temporary high and exhausts the pancreas. The elation experienced is often followed by a crash in blood sugar levels, which can lead to metabolic disorders such as diabetes
Psychologically, an addiction for sugar usually has its roots in issues to do with stress and emotions. Many individuals find sweet foods, and particularly chocolate to be extremely comforting. The only problem is that the root cause of the stress or emotional problem that is causing you to “turn to sugar” to solve your problems is not addressed then you will always have great problems fighting your addiction to it.
There are some foods that can help you handle sugar cravings naturally. For instance, the artichoke is a vegetable that can help regulate the body’s blood sugar balance. Sweet potatoes and yams can help satisfy the craving for creamy or milky tasting treats. If you crave sugar, you can also reach for a piece of fruit, which will definitely have fewer calories than a slab of chocolate cake.
Cravings for Creamy Foods
Some people who crave ice cream or rich products may actually have a calcium deficiency. The same thing goes for people who crave a great deal of cheese, which of course can add pounds to a body in no time. To make sure that your cravings for ice cream or cheese are not based on a calcium deficiency it is a good idea to have some dark field microscopy work or blood testing done. Sometimes the craving disappears when you take the right supplement or eat foods with the missing calcium such as broccoli or grapefruit.
Cravings for Fat
If you are craving fat, you are simply like everybody else. Humans store fat for food in an emergency and the need for it part of our biological evolution. The craving for fatty foods is linked to the animal part of being a human that wants to feel the satisfaction of biting into something fatty and warm. It takes us back to the cavemen days when biting into freshly killed meat and drinking the blood of the animal was an every day occurrence. We also crave fatty foods when we are angry; that is why psychologists call binging for emotional reasons “eating your anger.”
Cravings for fatty foods can be related to feeling physically fatigued or cold. In fact, you may even have a thyroid or endocrine disorder that compels you to crave fat, which can act as a bit of a carb cutter, slowing down the speed at which sugars hit your bloodstream. Without the fat in your diet you might feel nerve-wracked and hungry. Low blood sugar might also trigger cravings for fat.
For the most part, fat is fat and there are few vegan sources of it that can be considered healthy. Avocados, raw organic coconut oil and eggs can help dull the craving for fatty foods.
Cravings for Salt
If you are yearning for potato chips, fries and other salty foods it might be that you are craving sodium and minerals. If this is the case, then try eating a diet that includes more vegatables, which contain organic salts. If you are craving high sodium dishes like sphaghetti or fried chicken, you might want to try eating more sushi. The seaweed that wraps the raw fish is filled with healthy amounts of sea salt.
Drinking too much coffee or alcohol can also cause cravings for sodium. This can cause a shortage of sodium in the blood and the desire to binge on salty snacks.
Many cravings have no biological basis at all and are “all in the head.” The trick is to realize that a positive association with a food is not necessarily a reason to continually binge on it whenever you feel blue. Sometimes it is about an actual vitamin defiency and this is where iv therapy or vitamin injections can be of value.
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