Cravings … do you often have cravings? One important thing for us as health coaches is to help you deconstruct your food cravings. Step by step, it is crucial to break down cravings, and learn why they are there. When you do, you’re off to a great start in stopping them. Read on to learn why you may be experiencing food cravings.
Primary Food: Primary food is not just the food you put in your mouth, but all the other things that make up who you are including spirituality, joy, creativity, career, relationships, exercise, learning and finances. If these things are out of balance, your secondary food (or food you put in your mouth) can be out of balance and cause cravings.
Hydration: Lack of water can send the message that you’re thirsty and on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration can manifest as hunger, so the first thing to do when you get a craving is drink a full glass of water. Excess water can also cause cravings, so be sure that your water intake is well balanced.
Food imbalance: Often times, cravings come from foods we’ve recently eaten, foods eaten by our ancestors, or foods from our childhood. A clever way to satisfy these cravings is to eat a healthier version of your ancestral and childhood foods.
Seasons: The body often craves foods in accordance with the season. In the spring, people crave detoxifying foods like leafy greens or citrus foods. In the summer, people crave cooling foods like fruit, raw foods, and ice cream, and in the fall people crave grounding foods like squash, onions, and nuts. During winter, many crave heat-producing foods like meat, oil, and fat. Cravings can also be associated with the holidays, for foods like turkey, eggnog, or Christmas cookies.
Inadequate Nutrients: If the body has inadequate nutrients, it’ll produce odd cravings. For example, inadequate mineral levels trigger salt cravings, and overall inadequate nutrition leads to cravings for temporary sources of energy, like caffeine. Or you could be craving foods that you recently ate, one way to combat this would be try a tongue scraper.
Hormones: When women experience menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause, fluctuating testosterone and estrogen levels may cause unique cravings. When things are going extremely well in your life, sometimes self-sabotage happens. We crave foods that throw us off, thus creating more cravings to balance ourselves. This often happens from low blood sugar and may result in strong mood swings.
- Eat only when hungry
- Eat in a calm environment
- Eat without distractions
- Eat until you are satisfied
- Eat with others
- Eat for enjoyment
- Take a breath before eating, slow down and chew your food thoroughly