Friday, March 14, 2014

Cravings 101

Most of us crave a certain food every once in a while. Maybe it is something sweet or salty or savory or a decadent piece of chocolate. Whatever the craving might be, there is a reason why you want to stuff your face with it. But if you were to ask yourself if you were hungry, the answer would most likely be “no”. Hunger and cravings are very different from one another. Hunger is controlled by your stomach and is a survival mechanism whereas cravings are controlled by your brain and are your body’s way of communicating with you. 

For example, when you have a sugar craving, would it be satisfied if you munched on a sugar cube? Probably not. So what is your body saying... Or how about a craving for chocolate. Is it really the chocolate you crave (I crave chocolate ALL THE TIME lol) or is it your body's way of saying "Hey listen up! I need something dang it!" More than likely your cravings are trying to tell you something, especially if it is a reoccurring thing. Here is a chart that will help you navigate your cravings and possibly explain WHY you are having them and WHAT to do about them. Try one of the suggested foods first and wait 30 minutes or so. If you still have that dire need to eat chocolate, go ahead but go for a square or two, not a whole bar! 

Hopefully this provides some insight on how intricate the body is. When you really listen to your body and the way it feels, you will be amazed at what you can discover!

Recipe time! I love guacamole and could eat it every day if I let myself! I think this recipe has a delicious twist to your average dish.

Take care of you!


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