|Semolina with mixed veges and yellow peas|
Lunch: Semolina with mixed veges and yellow peas
Dinner: Chicken chilli con carne with pasta
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Craving – it’s a phenomena we regularly experience. For example when I see bloggers mention ANZAC cookies, I start craving it. But what do cravings indicate?
Craving chocolate does not mean that your body has a chocolate deficiency, though we like to think so! Chocolate is high in magnesium so craving could indicate magnesium deficiency. The chocolate you eat may not have enough magnesium, unless you eat a lot. Other foods high in magnesium include nuts, seeds, fish, and leafy greens. Personally if I am carving chocolate I will not choose fish as an alternative snack, though nuts and seeds may work. I don't want to discourage you.
If you crave sweets you may be experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. When your blood sugar drops, your body may be trying to get you to give it more fuel to keep your blood sugar levels stable. If this is a chronic occurrence you may have hypoglycemia, which simply means low blood sugar. In any case it is important to choose the right type of food to bring your body back into balance. Giving in to cookies, cakes, candies, or other refined sweets will only make the problem worse and cause a blood sugar roller coaster that leads to more cravings. Instead, choose fruit when you’re craving sweets and add more high-fiber foods.
Cravings for salty foods often indicate stress hormone fluctuations in the body. Getting on top of the stress in your life is step one. The adrenal glands help your body cope with stress and tend to become worn out, especially from stress-hormone production. Try meditation, breathing exercises, or other stress management techniques. Research at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City showed that people who take a break to breathe deeply or meditate before reaching for salty snacks reduced their stress hormones by 25 percent and cut the bingeing in half.
Cravings for cheese often indicate a fatty acid deficiency, which is common in most people. Eat foods such as raw walnuts, wild salmon or flax seeds. Supplement with a high-quality supplement that includes the beneficial fats, especially Omega 3s.
Cravings for red meat usually indicate an iron deficiency. Alternatives for red meat include iron-rich beans and legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs, and other dried fruits.
If you often feel snacky, whether for sweets or salty foods, it can mean you’re not eating a well-balanced diet and may be missing a variety of nutrients.
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