What can food cravings tell you!

food craving

Often times we go through the days having random urges and cravings for varying types of deliciousness, but there’s often lingering messages in these cravings that tell you a story about what your body is truly needing!

Speaking as someone that has gone through drastic weight loss aswell as dieting done to <5% body fat you have to use “tricks”, to learn your true needs vs. wants as the saying goes. One of my favorites was the taste of pastries or donuts, but I didn’t need the crazy amounts of fat and sugar. So my resort as gross as it may sound was chew it up and then spit it out. I got the mental satisfaction from it, without the negative fallout!

There is no defined explanation for specific cravings, and explanations range from low chemical levels affecting the brain centers for appetite to feel good chemicals in the brain trigged from eating foods high in fats and carbs. Foods with high levels of sugar, such as chocolate, are often craved more than foods with lower sugar glucose, such as broccoli, because when glucose interacts with the process system in the brain an addictive urge effect occurs. When someone eats glucose they feel the want to consume more sugary foods, much like an alcoholic, because the brain has become prone to release “happy hormones” every time glucose is present.

There is evidence that alcohol and food craving activate some of the same brain areas. Such as when smokers look at pictures of other smokers it activates the same areas of the brain as when obese people look at pictures of food.

The cravings for certain types of food are linked to their ingredients. Chocolate for example, contains neurotransmitters, which is  important for the regulation of the body’s release of endorphins. Endorphins are released following a stressor and result in a sense of relaxation.

Chocolate also contains large quantities of iron, which can be depleted during the menstrual cycle. Another common craving is salt. Craving salt may be partly due to being dehydrated. When dehydrated the body loses water, electrolytes, and salt, and by ingesting salt, water retention can be increased.

Regardless your craving, it’s essential to make wise decisions and not give into temptation.

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