What do food cravings say about you? (CHART)

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Have you ever wanted a chocolate cupcake so badly, you didn’t catch a single word during that meeting just salivating over it?

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Or a burger so desperately, you were willing to drive 1,5 hours just to make sure you got it?

Have you ever left everything you were doing, and at the most inconvenient time, and during the worst weather conditions, to get to a cafe no matter how far it may have been, just to get a cup of coffee?

So you are probably familiar with food cravings then.

Cravings are not quite the same as hunger, in fact they couldn’t be more different. Hunger is controlled by the stomach and craving by the brain. Hunger is all about your survival mechanism and craving is all about your body communicating with you.

Next time you have a craving like something sweet, ask yourself – “is it just sugar I am craving? I mean, will I be satisfied by sucking on a sugar cube or is it something more specific? Perhaps chocolate?” If the answer is indeed chocolate,  it is your body’s way of letting you know you may be deficient in Magnesium, because raw cacao is the highest source of magnesium. Knowing this you can find all the foods that have high content of this nutrient and by slowly adding them to your diet, you can rid of recurring cravings for good.

And just take a look at what I have for you!!! Below is a chart of all the common cravings I come across with clients, the reason behind each craving and all the foods you can eat to mineralise!

Have fun…

FOOD CRAVINGS CHART

Craving this:

Reason is:

Restore with this:

COMMON FOOD
Cheese Essential Fatty Acids deficiency Omega 3′s (EPA and DHA)- Flax oil, groundflaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts
Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
Pasta, white bread, pastries Chromium deficiency Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples, sweet potato
Bread and toast Nitrogen deficiency Foods containing proteins, i.e.. Green leafy veges, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains
Red meat Iron deficiency Beans, legumes,unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Popcorn Stress hormone fluctuations Meditation, breathing exercises, exercise, leafy greens, vitamin B and C
Crisps Chloride deficiency celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Essential Fatty Acids deficiency Omega 3′s (EPA and DHA)- Flax oil, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts
FLAVOUR
Burned Food Carbon deficiency Fresh fruits
Acid foods Magnesium deficiency Raw cacao nibs/beans/powder, Whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, greens, fruit
Salty Foods Chloride deficiency Celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Stress hormone fluctuations Meditation, breathing exercises, exercise, leafy greens, vitamin B and C
SWEETS
Chocolate Magnesium deficiency Raw cacao nibs/beans/powder, Whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, greens, fruit
Soda, fizzy drinks Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
General sweets Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) Fruit, high fibre foods (beans, legumes), complex carbs (grains), chromium (cinnamon)
Tryptophan deficiency Spirulina, pumpkin/sesame/sunflower seeds, raw cacao, oatmeal, sweet potato, spinach, raisins
Chromium deficiency Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples, sweet potato
Sulphur deficiency Cruciferous vege (kale, cabbage, etc), cranberries, horseradish, asparagus, carob powder, garlic, onion
Phosphorus deficiency Whole grains, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, lentils
STIMULANTS
Coffee or black tea Sulphur deficiency Cruciferous vege (kale, cabbage, etc), cranberries, horseradish, asparagus, carob powder, garlic, onion
Iron deficiency Beans, legumes,unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
NaCl (salt) deficiency Himalayan sea salt, Apple Cider vinegar,kombucha
Phosphorous deficiency whole grains, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, lentils
Alcohol, recreational drugs Calcium deficiency Wesame seeds/tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
Glutamine deficiency Cabbage, beetroot, beans, spinach, parsley, vegetable juice
Protein deficiency Green leafy vegetable, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, beans
Potassium deficiency Citrus fruits, bitter green leafyveges, banana, tomato, pineapple, black olives, seaweeds
Avenin deficiency Oatmeal, granola
Tobacco Silicon deficiency horsetail herb, nuts, seeds, oats, millet, barley, onions, whole wheat, beetroot. Avoid refines starches
Tyrosine deficiency Fruits (esp. Avocado and banana), whole grains, oats, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, Vitamin C, veges
EATING HABITS
Lack of appetite Chloride deficiency Celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency Whole grains, peanuts, seeds, beans, green and yellow vegetables
Niacin (Vitamin B3) deficiency Peanuts, sunflower seeds, wheat bran and wheat germ
Manganese deficiency Walnuts, almonds, pecans, whole grains, green leafyveges, pineapple, blueberries
Often overeating Tryptophan deficiency Spirulina, pumpkin/sesame/sunflower seeds, raw cacao, oatmeal, sweet potato, spinach, raisins
Tyrosine deficiency Fruits (esp. Avocado and banana), whole grains, oats, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, Vitamin C,veges
Silicon deficiency Horsetail herb, nuts, seeds, oats, millet, barley, onions, whole wheat, beetroot. Avoid refines starches
Often snacky No balanced diet, missing nutrients Do a one week detox, substitute junk food for healthy meals
MORE BIZARRE
Crunching on ice Iron deficiency Beans, legumes,unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Laundry starch Iron deficiency Beans, legumes,unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Cigarette butts Iron deficiency Beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption

 

Tanya Maher is a certified health coach, chef, author, Reiki do Satori master healer, and a renowned raw food and detox expert. Born in Russia, raised in New Zealand and now living in London, you will often find her at myhotel Chelsea’s brand new raw food cafe and superfood cocktail bar, Tanya’s. She is the founder of Better Raw, co-founder of Tanya’s Cafe, creator of the Amazon No1 Bestselling DVD ‘Raw Food 101′, and author of numerous eBooks, as well as a FREE  beginner’s guide to living foods, One Day Raw, available on www.BetterRaw.com.

 

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