The Food Craving Guide: What You Crave For and What Your Body Actually Needs

the food craving guide

2. Craving: Sugar/Sugary Foods

If you are addicted to sugar or constantly crave sugary foods, like me, then it means your body is experiencing a deficiency of Chromium, Sulfur, Carbon, Tryptophan, Phosphorus and Candida (yeast overgrowth in the stomach). You may also have low blood sugar due to which you feel the need to consume more sugar.

What you really need to eat:

  • For Chromium deficiency, eat broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans and chicken
  • For Sulfur deficiency, eat more cranberries, horseradish, cabbage, kale and cruciferous vegetables
  • For Carbon deficiency, eat fresh fruits like strawberries, apples, bananas etc
  • For Tryptophan deficiency, consume beef, cheese, dairy, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach, turkey
  • For Phosphorus deficiency, eat chicken, beef, fatty fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, vegetables and grains
  • For Candida, go for a strict Candida diet and probiotics
  • For low blood sugar, eat more good quality fats and protein

3. Craving: Simple Carbohydrates 

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” – Federico Fellini

In case you feel like binge eating on bread, pasta, starchy food, and other carbs, then it means your body lacks nitrogen, has low carbohydrate levels and is addicted to sugar. A balanced diet can help you to counter the effects and control your food craving.

Read Are You Eating Non-Stop? Here’s What You Can Do

What you really need to eat:

  • For Nitrogen deficiency, eat more high protein foods like meat, fatty fish, nuts, beans and chia seeds
  • For low Carbohydrate levels & sugar addiction, consume meals high in protein, complex carbs, healthy fat, low GI foods (low glycemic index) like fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and minimally processed grain
  • Make sure you avoid artificial sweeteners

4. Craving: Chocolate 

Although this may sound like the best food craving you can have, but the truth is an unhealthy craving for chocolates actually hints at a Magnesium deficiency in the body. It’s perfectly fine to binge eat a few chocolates every now and then, but if this is getting out of hand then you need to check your diet plans.

What you really need to eat:

  • For Magnesium deficiency, eat more legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, leafy green vegetables and high-cocoa dark chocolate

5. Craving: Oily Foods

An unhealthy craving for oily foods like potato chips, french fries, fried chicken wings and other fried foods and fatty snacks means your body may be lacking Calcium. If you have Calcium deficiency, then you may experience frequent muscle aches, cramps and spasms

What you really need to eat:

  • For Calcium deficiency, add more green leafy vegetables, organic milk and cheese to your diet

Read Why Can’t I Stop Overeating?

6. Craving: Caffeine

Food is better medicine than drugs.” – Patrick Holford

Most of us are addicted to Caffeine in some ways. But if you simply can’t stay without a constant supply of tea or coffee, then your body is trying to tell you something about your physical and mental health. A strong craving for caffeine means you have a deficiency of Iron, Vitamin C, NaCl (salt), Phosphorus and Sulfur. Moreover, you’re also suffering from Adrenal fatigue, stress and caffeine addiction.

What you really need to eat:

  • For Iron and Vitamin C deficiency, eat apricots, raw broccoli, black cherries, fish, leafy greens, figs, meat, seaweed and poultry
  • For NaCl (salt) deficiency, consume more sea salt and apple cider vinegar with salad
  • For Phosphorous deficiency, add more beef, dairy, eggs, chicken, fish, legumes, poultry, liver and nuts to your diet
  • For Sulfur deficiency, eat egg yolks, red peppers, onions, muscle protein, garlic and cruciferous vegetables
  • For Adrenal fatigue, switch to a whole food diet with additional Vitamin C support. Focus on de-stressing with hormonal and herbal support 
  • For stress and caffeine addiction, try herbal teas with lower caffeine like green tea 

Dealing with food craving

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” 

– Luciano Pavarotti
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