Food Cravings are a natural part of life, I myself find Chocolate to be my biggest craving. I just HAVE to have it.

Lately I have also been craving coffee, not for the caffeine but for the taste.

I understand everything in life has a mind and body connecting. What we put in our bodies is directly related to how we think, feel and act. I also believe strongly in Ayurveda practices, understanding your bodies balance and harmony as well as listening to what it is telling you.

Your body knows, always.

Cravings are not something to feel guilty about of punish ourselves for, it is a chance to understand and learn what our body is telling us.  This was so eye opening to me, apparently nut butter has a lot to do with my self worth….

Typically if we are craving something in particular there is more to it than just the craving, often there is a physical or emotional tie. Let’s take a look at some of the most common cravings and what they mean

 

Craving this: Reason is: Restore with this:
COMMON FOOD
Cheese Essential Fatty Acids deficiency Omega 3′s (EPA and DHA)– Flax oil, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts
Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
Pasta, white bread, pastries Chromium deficiency Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples, sweet potato
Bread and toast Nitrogen deficiency Foods containing proteins, i.e.. Green leafy veg, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains
Red meat Iron deficiency Beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Popcorn Stress hormone fluctuations Meditation, breathing exercises, exercise, leafy greens, vitamin B and C
Crisps Chloride deficiency Celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Essential Fatty Acids deficiency Omega 3′s (EPA and DHA)– Flax oil, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts
FLAVOR
Burned Food Carbon deficiency Fresh fruits
Acid foods Magnesium deficiency Raw cacao nibs/beans/powder, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, greens, fruit
Salty Foods Chloride deficiency Celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Stress hormone fluctuations Meditation, breathing exercises, exercise, leafy greens, vitamin B and C
SWEETS
Chocolate Magnesium deficiency Raw cacao nibs/beans/powder, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, greens, fruit, magnesium
Soda, fizzy drinks Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
General sweets Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) Fruit, high fibre foods (beans, legumes), complex carbs (grains), chromium (cinnamon)
Tryptophan deficiency Spirulina, pumpkin/sesame/sunflower seeds, raw cacao, oatmeal, sweet potato, spinach, raisins
Chromium deficiency Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples, sweet potato
Sulphur deficiency Cruciferous vege (kale, cabbage, etc), cranberries, horseradish, asparagus, carob powder, garlic, onion
Phosphorus deficiency Whole grains, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, lentils
STIMULANTS
Coffee or black tea Sulphur deficiency Cruciferous vege (kale, cabbage, etc), cranberries, horseradish, asparagus, carob powder, garlic, onion
Iron deficiency Beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
NaCl (salt) deficiency Himalayan or Aztecan sea salt, Apple Cider vinegar, kombucha
Phosphorous deficiency Whole grains, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, lentils
Alcohol, recreational drugs Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
Glutamine deficiency Cabbage, beetroot, beans, spinach, parsley, vegetable juice, bone broth
Protein deficiency Green leafy vegetable, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, beans
Potassium deficiency Citrus fruits, bitter green leafy veg, banana, tomato, pineapple, black olives, seaweeds
Avenin deficiency Oatmeal, granola, cereals, whole grains
Tobacco Silicon deficiency Horsetail herb, nuts, seeds, oats, millet, barley, onions, whole wheat, beetroot. Avoid refined starches
Tyrosine deficiency Fruits (esp. avocado and banana), whole grains, oats, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, Vitamin C, vegetables
EATING HABITS
Lack of appetite Chloride deficiency Celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan or Aztecan sea salt
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency Whole grains, peanuts, seeds, beans, green and yellow vegetables
Niacin (Vitamin B3) deficiency Peanuts, sunflower seeds, wheat bran and wheat germ
Manganese deficiency Walnuts, almonds, pecans, whole grains, green leafy veges, pineapple, blueberries
Often overeating Tryptophan deficiency Spirulina, pumpkin/sesame/sunflower seeds, raw cacao, oatmeal, sweet potato, spinach, raisins
Tyrosine deficiency Fruits (esp. Avocado and banana), whole grains, oats, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, Vitamin C, veges
Silicon deficiency Horsetail herb, nuts, seeds, oats, millet, barley, onions, whole wheat, beetroot. Avoid refined starches
Often snacky No balanced diet, missing nutrients Do a detox, substitute junk food for healthy meals
MORE BIZARRE
Crunching on ice Iron deficiency Beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Laundry starch Iron deficiency Beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Cigarette butts Iron deficiency Beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption

 

EMOTIONS and YOUR CRAVINGS

Sweetness

A craving for sugary things relates on a physical level to the cells of the body not getting enough energy. Sugar is a quick source of energy, and the body knows this. Reduced cellular energy production can occur because of a lack of minerals, Increasing the healthy fats in your diet is a great way to feel full and ensure you have the right balance of minerals.

Sweetness  emotionally is often craved from being unable to process sadness; when we’re trying to temporarily cover up our low points with a little burst of sugar high. On a biochemical level (relating the experience to a lack of serotonin, t is low when we’re sad but stimulated by sweet flavors)  spiritually(we are craving “sweet” experiences in life, which also stimulate serotonin release)

Chocolate cravings often are directly related for a want or need for love in our life, because chocolate has the same impact on the brain as the serotonin released when we are in love, sorry guys I crave it too.

Salty

Craving for saltiness is often physically associated with the kidneys, adrenals and the water balance they control in the body.

People with high stress levelsoften crave salt because their body is attempting to replenish what’s lost. Adrenal support in the form of bioavailable vitamin B5, adaptogenic herbs (Rhodiola, Siberian Ginseng, Holy Basil and others) or even adrenal glandulars may help

HERE’S THE BIGGER MEANING

 Life stress that leads to adrenal exhaustion, however, is often a sign of resistance to “flow.” Salt cravings indicate that we are trying to “solidify” ourselves because we are overwhelmed and afraid; we are using salt as a kind of mineralized fortification, thinking that hardness and strength are what we need in order to deal with whatever experience is presenting itself. The problem is that while salt may temporarily fix the water balance and bolster our stress reserves, it does not work in the long term, and the hardness we want to develop only ends up creating resistance, not healing.
This craving is the potential to find acceptance without making our stance on life more barricaded or controlled; to find the strength in trust, in flexibility, rather than enforcing our walls even more. Cravings for salt can be appeased by affirming our trust in the process of our life; by working on mindfulness and acceptance, and fortifying ourselves with fluidity, not hardness.
SO LET IT GO 
Fatty
Cravings for nut butters (anyone else guilty; apparently it is supposed to last more than two days… opps), oils or fried foods often relate to a calcium deficiency. The craving is often for saturated fats specifically to help maintain bone density and keep calcium in the body.
Fatty cravings may also be quite straightforward in their motivation, and indicate a physical desire for good quality EFAs for hormonal balance and cellular stability
Fat digestion occurs in the presence of bile,  by the liver. When we tend to eat too many fatty foods because we’re constantly craving them, and then find that our upper abdominal area is bloated and uncomfortable, we have challenged the liver too much. The liver is the physical seat of personal power—the third chakra—it is as though we are eating these difficult foods because we have yet to accept our own importance, and feel the need to keep the full reality of our power squashed down by physical discomfort. In this instance, our cravings are coming from our wounded ego, looking to perpetuate old hurts and a reduced sense of self worth.
Accepting our own authenticity and importance frees our power, being you and owning your truth. Chasing your dreams and goals no matter what society says. IT IS OK TO BE DIFFERENT. Believe in who you are, be authentic and real. APOLOGETICALLY TRUE