Do you find yourself craving various kinds of foods? Are there foods that you just must have in your every day diet? Where there is a craving there is a reason. Of course just because we might find out the reason we crave certain food and make proper adjustments in our diet does not mean we will automatically stop the crave. Not only does the body take some time to make the shift in gaining what we were lacking from the food we craved, but the brain also must adjust its patterns of addiction protocols to grasp the understanding that the new foods we are eating are fulfilling the needs founded behind the cravings in the first place. I think this is one reason many people trying to shift into healthier diets are in danger of slide-backs, because they do not understand those two very basic fundamental aspects.
Most of the time it seems to me that people typically crave 7 types of foods. Underneath those 7 major food addictions there are very physical reasons. Let me lay a few of them out in a very elementary style to keep things direct and uncomplicated.
The 7 major “foods” that I find people crave are:
- Chocolate (yes it is in a class of its own)
Let me breakdown those 7 into physical reasons.
Salty = silicon, chloride
- Silicon is found in nuts, seeds, raisins, red wine, whole grains, green beans
- Chloride is found in fatty fish like salmon, goats milk, sea salt, rye, tomatoes, celery, olives
- Salt cravings can also be related to thyroid or adrenal issues and electrolyte imbalances
Sugary = tryptophan, phosphorous, carbon, sulphur, chromium
- Tryptophan is found in cheeses, spinach (raw), raisins, sweet potatoes, nuts, seeds, red meat, chicken, turkey (though very little), oats, beans, lentils, eggs, tuna
- Phosphorus is found in pumpkin seeds, cheeses, salmon, scallops, brazil nuts, pork, beef, yogurt, beans
- Carbon is found in turnips, kale, spinach, collards, cheeses, yogurt, milk, sardines, fresh fruits
- Sulphur is found in high protein foods, cruciferous vegetables, eggs, allium vegetables
- Chromium is found in broccoli, grapes, whole grains, organ meat, cheeses, red wine, potatoes, green beans, asparagus, bananas, molasses, nuts
Greasy = calcium
- Milk, cheeses, yogurts, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, bone marrow
Breads/Carbs = nitrogen
- High protein foods like meats, fatty fish, nuts, beans, hemp and chia seeds
Chocolate = magnesium, dopamine
- Nuts, seeds, fruits, dark leafy vegetables, fish, avocado, banana, yogurt
Alcohol = complex carbs, dopamine, L-Glutamine
- Complex carbs such as whole grains, legumes, fresh fruit and vegetables
- Dopamine enhancing foods such as bananas, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate
- L-Glutamine is found in uncooked, raw spinach and parsley
Caffeine = energy!
- High protein foods, complex carbs, rest, good quality fats
Now you might have one or more of those food cravings and say that you eat the proper foods containing the essential minerals, amino acids and other nutrients supposedly connected to the craving. If this is the case it is possible the craving issue could be connected to a mal-absorption issue in your body, so you simply cannot utilize the nutrients you are eating. Other reasons could be organ imbalance complications, endocrine issues like weak adrenal glands, imbalance thyroid, mental challenges and hormonal imbalances that require more specifically catered supplement intake than you can get from normal foods.
The underlying fact is that if you crave certain foods it is a sign from your body and brain telling you that you are missing something vital to your well-being. When that happens it is time to listen and seek to make proper adjustments in your life to correct the imbalance. If not, the issue will grow into larger complications that will require lots more catering, time, money and effort to change.