Read the top food cravings that concern our readers and how you can avoid them
There are definitely certain foods that we turn to when we are low or just feel out of sorts. But how do you stop them becoming an addiction, it’s usually because your body is telling you that you are deficient in a certain nutrient.
Here’s how you can beat those cravings.
Cravings for chocolate
This must be the biggest addiction in the western world, one reason is the sugar content but another is that your body might be lacking in magnesium. Magnesium is probably the busiest mineral in our body as it activates over 300 chemical reactions. A lack of magnesium can leave us feeling tired and lethargic.
Good swaps for the chocolate habit.
Nuts and pulses are rich in magnesium, H3O Hydration and Night Repair are supplements rich in magnesium. But for when that chocolate urge is too powerful have a store of dark chocolate with a high cocoa content. A couple of squares will soon see that urge satisfied.
Cravings for sugar
In spite of all the messages telling us that we should cut down on sugar, for most people it still makes up a third of our diet. Sugar is highly addictive eating high levels of sugar can cause rapid surges and subsequent drops in our blood sugar levels, which leads to more cravings for sugar. Long term this can lead to diabetes issues and adrenal problems.
Good swaps for your sugar habit.
If you are eating too much sugar switch to good quality protein at meals. Start the day with eggs or fish rather than high carbohydrate cereals and snack on nuts or a piece of goats cheese.
We often crave sweet things and become irritable when pre menstrual take a vitamin B6 supplement (200 mg per day) to help to ease the ‘feel good’ hormone prostaglandin E1. The Rejuvenated Re-set supplement has been created to help to balance sugar levels post eating.
Cravings for salt
Is it the taste that you can’t resist with a bag of crisps at the petrol station or is it your body trying to deal with stressful situations. Salt blunts the bodies natural response to stress by lowering the production of stress hormones.
Good swaps for salt cravings.
Look at other ways that you can deal with stressful situations such as yoga or meditation. If you do want salt on your food, try Himalayan pink salt crystals they have a healthy balance of minerals.
Craving for carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates stimulate the happy hormone, serotonin, which is why when we are low we often reach for the comfort foods of our childhood. Potatoes, white bread and pasta all help to release serotonin.
Good swaps for carbohydrate cravings.
Try to eat protein first as this will help to balance insulin production and help to avoid another craving for carbohydrates in a couple of hours. Substitute slow release carbohydrates, which will keep you fuller for longer, sweet potatoes, oats and pulses. Exercise boosts serotonin levels, get outside and take a brisk walk.
Craving for Caffeine
We drink coffee to keep us stimulated and alert but the truth is it leaves us more exhausted than before.
Good swaps for caffeine
Take a break, have 5 minutes of calm and even put your head down. An early night can do wonders.