Food Cravings??

Have you ever woken up and just had a severe craving for crunching ice? Sounds strange, but so many people suffer from weird and wonderful food cravings every day. Why are they wonderful, you may ask? Well, because it's our bodies way of telling us that something is missing, we are lacking a vital vitamin or essential fatty acid that our body needs in order to function properly.

 

Now, if you are pregnant, then a craving for pickled onions with chocolate sauce on the side doesn’t necessarily mean that your body is lacking in something. The surge of pregnancy hormones often can make you crave foods you never liked before, or make you gag at foods you used to love - even the healthy ones. Now, when your newly pregnant body is now repulsed by the once-loved taste of coffee, this isn't a bad thing at all. Our body has ways of telling us what is good for the baby and what is not, and coffee is not good for your baby at all. However, when we now gag at the smell of something good or healthy like carrots or broccoli, this has left researchers a little dumbfounded. One theory states that the new pregnancy hormones, now circulating your body will alter your perception of smell and taste. This could also explain why menopausal women often experience food cravings to.

 

However, if you are not pregnant and still find yourself craving certain foods, then have a look below to see what you may be lacking, and what you can eat to replenish this deficiency.

 

COMMON FOOD

 

 

Craving this:

Reason is:

Restore with this:

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 veges, 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

 

 

 

FLAVOUR

 

 

Craving this:

Reason is:

Restore with this:

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

 

 

Craving this:

Reason is:

Restore with this:

Chocolate

Magnesium deficiency

raw cacao nibs/beans/powder, Whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, greens, fruit

Soda, fizzy drinks

Calcium deficiency

Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens

General sweets

Hypoglycaemia (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

 

 

Craving this:

Reason is:

Restore with this:

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 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

 

Protein deficiency

Green leafy vegetable, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, beans

 

Potassium deficiency

citrus fruits, bitter green leafy veges, banana, tomato, pineapple, black olives, seaweeds

 

Avenin deficiency

Oatmeal, granola

Tobacco

Silicon deficiency

horsetail herb, nuts, seeds, oats, millet, barley, onions, whole wheat, beetroot. Avoid refines starches

 

Tyrosine deficiency

Fruits (esp. Avocado and banana), whole grains, oats, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, Vitamin C, veges

 

 

 

EATING HABITS

 

 

Craving this:

Reason is:

Restore with this:

Lack of appetite

Chloride deficiency

celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan 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 refines starches

Often snacky

No balanced diet, missing nutrients

Do a one week detox, substitute junk food for healthy meals

 

 

 

MORE BIZARRE

 

 

Craving this:

Reason is:

Restore with this:

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

 

The table was taken from www.betterraw.com:

Tanya Alekseeva is a Wellness Coach who specialises in Raw Food Nutrition and Detoxification options.  Tanya works with a variety of clients ranging from corporate organisations through to individuals and schools, to educate and ensure they achieve their most desired wellbeing and ultimate health objectives. She is the founder of Better Raw and Corporate Créme in London, travelling nationally and internationally to provide seminars, workshops, detox programs and one-to-one coaching. Tanya is also an author of various books available on http://www.betterraw.com/