Thursday, May 24, 2012

Crazy Cravings Killing Your Health Goals?

Our bodies are amazing!  It is the perfect machine and even when treated with the least amount of care still serves us day after day.  Our bodies are the only thing we have for our whole lives from birth to death yet we treat our cars, homes, jewelry, clothes, and other materialistic things much nicer. No other man made machine could take the daily abuse of environmental toxins, chemicals, bad diets, drugs,  and alcohol and still keep going year after year.  The body is more intricate than the best computer, more resilient and durable than rubber, and runs smoother than the finest engine.  The body has its own special mechanics to keep itself in balance. There are many ways the body signals that there is an imbalance or need.  What are one of the signals?
CRAVINGS
Many people view cravings as weaknesses, but they are actually the bodies WARNING sign that something is out of balance.  I used to see this phenomenon constantly when I used to compete.  To step on the stage many women and men would spend months on a calorie deficient diet lacking the essential nutrients their bodies so desperately need to function and survive.  The body would be sending signals that were ignored until eventually after the competition they would then binge on sugary crap and other unhealthy food.  So what do you do when you experience a craving? Deconstruct it!  Ask yourself what does my body want and why?  Look at the foods, deficits, and behaviors that are the underlying cause of your cravings.  There are EIGHT primary causes of cravings.  
  1. LACK OF PRIMARY FOOD 
  2. WATER
  3. YIN/YANG IMBALANCE
  4. INSIDE COMING OUT
  5. SEASONS 
  6. LACK OF NUTRIENTS
  7. HORMONES
  8. DE-EVOLUTION
Want to know what Primary Food is? What about the other seven primary causes of cravings?  As a health coach it is my passion to teach healthy healing habits and help you find the root causes of your cravings.  I can empower your future and help you take care of the most important machine in your life: YOUR BODY. You can contact me for a Health History Consultation to discuss your dreams and goals for your future.  Email me at FitChicMelissa@gmail.com or Melissa@PlantBasedAthletes.com or call 561-578-9492 to set up your consultation.

In the table below I have include a list of common cravings and the possible missing nutrient that could be causing:
If you crave this...What you really need is...And here are healthy foods that have it:
ChocolateMagnesiumRaw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
SweetsChromiumBroccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
 CarbonFresh fruits
 PhosphorusChicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains
 SulfurCranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage
 TryptophanCheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toastNitrogenHigh protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, fatty foodsCalciumMustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or teaPhosphorousChicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
 SulfurEgg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
 NaCl (salt)Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
 IronMeat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol, recreational drugsProteinMeat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
 AveninGranola, oatmeal
 CalciumMustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
 GlutamineSupplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice
 PotassiumSun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing iceIronMeat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Burned foodCarbonFresh fruits
Soda and other carbonated drinksCalciumMustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foodsChlorideRaw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foodsMagnesiumRaw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Preference for liquids rather than solidsWaterFlavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Preference for solids rather than liquidsWaterYou have been so dehydrated for so long that you have lost your thirst. Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Cool drinksManganeseWalnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Pre-menstrual cravingsZincRed meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
General overeatingSiliconNuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
 TryptophanCheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
 TyrosineVitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Lack of appetiteVitamin B1Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
 Vitamin B3Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes
 ManganeseWalnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
 ChlorideRaw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
TobaccoSiliconNuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
 TyrosineVitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables


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