Cravings Decoded

written by EatOut 3rd June 2013

Have you ever found yourself really craving something unhealthy but you just can’t seem to kick the idea out of your mind?

Sweet cravings especially for chocolate or other delicious treats are a common occurrence for most women but have you ever thought about what these cravings mean?

We have the inside scoop for you which should help you avoid these moments of pure indulgence.

1) Sweet cravings: Feel the urge for a big bag of candy or maybe a frosting covered cupcake? This means that your body needs Chromium, Carbon Phosphorus or Sulphur. These sound complicated but there are a number of healthy options from which you can get these nutrients. Broccoli, chicken and grapes are high in Chromium where as when it comes to Carbon Phosphorus foods high in Protein seem to do the trick quite well with poultry, eggs and fish being the most effective.

Chocolate and candy [Photo/tumblr.com]

Chocolate and candy [Photo/tumblr.com]

2) Fatty Snacks: Sometimes all you want is a plate full of greasy fries or a bag of cheese balls. This usually means that your body is low in Calcium. This nutrient essential for the health of your bones and teeth is found in mustard and turnip greens, kale, sesame and and cheese. So instead of picking up those potato crisps make a healthy salad and kill the craving.

Cheese Fries [Photo/badmouth.net]

Cheese Fries [Photo/badmouth.net]

3) Alcohol: Had a long week and all you want is a good stiff drink or two.. or three? One major reason for alcohol cravings is a lack of Potassium. This nutrient is found in a number of foods including sun dried black olives, seaweed and bitter greens. Dig into these and avoid the extra calories that come with most alcohols; not to mention the dreaded hangovers!

Wine [Photo/salon.com]

Wine [Photo/salon.com]

4) Bread: Bread is heavily loaded with carbs and not exactly the healthiest food for you. But sometimes all you want is a thick slice of toast of fresh baguette smothered in butter. This usually means that you are low on Nitrogen. When you are deficient in this element you get tired much faster and this is the reason you crave bread packed with carbs and possibly sugar. To get your healthy fix of Nitrogen stock up on high protein foods like fish, meat, nuts and beans.

Bread [Photo/mastermuscle.wordpress.com]

Bread [Photo/mastermuscle.wordpress.com]

 

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