Food cravings aren’t just reserved for pregnant women. Have you ever suddenly found yourself wanting a certain food, or flavour so much that you’d consider going out of your way to get it? I bet you’ve never given that feeling a second thought or just passed it off as ‘weird’, but food cravings are our body’s way of telling us what we need, no matter how strange that particular craving may be!
Most of the things that we crave, no matter how unhealthy, are usually because our body is lacking in a specific vitamin or mineral. For example, if you find yourself yearning for carb-heavy, starchy foods like bread and pasta, your body could be crying out for nitrogen, and a better source of nitrogen can be found in dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts.
Chocolate cravings are a sure sign of a need for magnesium. Magnesium is the most important mineral that humans need, yet most of us are deficient in it. We like to talk about magnesium deficiencies A LOT here at the Wellbeing Clinic! If you are being healthy, you can find magnesium in nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit, or in a good quality supplement or topical spray. If you fancy some chocolate to satisfy your cravings, or for a bit of comfort, then reach for the dark stuff. Chocolate made with at least 80% cacao is a great way to get a magnesium boost, and is also full of antioxidants.
Recently, I went away for a weekend with friends, and when I came back I found myself craving beetroot and salmon, which seemed incredibly odd, until I did a bit of research. Beetroot is fantastic for cleansing the liver, and the Omega 3-fatty acids in salmon help to reduce inflammation, improve sleep and boost your mood. All of which made sense considering I’d had a bit of a heavy weekend!
Learning to listen to your body can help you to understand what your body is lacking in, and once you are in tune with these cravings, you will start to want the healthier options, like I did.