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what your cravings mean

7th August 2017 by Jess

A lot of people make great food choices for breakfast and lunch and then in the afternoon or after dinner, it’s as if someone else has taken over their body. Cravings kick in and the temptation to eat whatever is in sight surpasses any willpower one might have. If you recognise these feelings and these habits, then this post is for you!

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craving sweet foods

We know that sweet food doesn’t serve our health, in fact often it contains substances that actually take away from our health, yet without a plan of action, we go round in circles, knowing sugar isn’t good for us, but not knowing how to get out of the sugar trap.

Here are 9 foods that help manage sugar cravings to help reduce the amount of refined sugar in your world and nourish the body out of cravings.

  1. leafy green vegetables
  2. sauerkraut
  3. coconut oil
  4. herbal tea
  5. dark chocolate
  6. bananas
  7. sweet potato
  8. avocado
  9. dates
read more on how to cut down sugar

craving salty foods

If your diet consists of mainly home-cooked, whole foods, then it might be that your salt cravings are due to you not getting enough salt in your diet.

Whole foods like fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, lentils, fish and meats are naturally low in sodium, so adding a touch of good quality salt to your food in the cooking process can be a good thing, especially if your diet is low on the packaged food front.

Like with hunger, it’s important not to just ignore these cravings or try to use willpower to overcome them. There are a number of other factors which salt cravings can be a sign of but here are two of the most common ones I find:

Calcium deficiency – when the body is low in calcium, it can crave salt, so making sure your diet is rich in calcium rich foods such as dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, collard greens), sardines, milk, cheese, yoghurt, nuts and seeds. You may find that your desire for salt falls away as your calcium intake is increased.

Adrenal fatigue – if you notice you have trouble waking up in the morning, you feel deep unrelenting fatigue that is not relieved by sleep, suffer from body stiffness, get light headed on standing or find it difficult to concentrate or cope with stress, it may be that your body is telling you that is has been over-worked and it needs some TLC.

When you are under too much stress over a prolonged time, your adrenal glands can become tapped out, leading to adrenal fatigue or exhaustion, in which case you may need to rest. You might want to have your cortisol levels investigated as they may be low which will only confirm that your body needs a break to get it back to good health again.

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3 tips for banishing cravings

Cravings are so so common and my clients almost always report cravings when they initially come to see me. Here is a video on 3 of my TOP tips that have helped me personally with cravings …I hope they help you too.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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