7 causes of cravings
A craving, in my understanding, is not just a nuisance or a misbehaving appetite. It tells us a lot. If we learn how to deconstruct our cravings we can try to understand what they mean.
Lets look at some of the reasons that we crave……
1. Lack of primary food. Primary food is all the parts of our life that we take in. Work, relationships, friends, family, exercise and spiritual practice. When we are uninspired by work, lacking a spiritual practice or we are dissatisfied with our relationships , that may cause emotional eating. We may be trying to fill the void left by our lack of primary foods. (Awww, virtual hug to all ….I mean it)
2. Water. If you are a client of mine, you know this is an important one! Dehydration can manifest as hunger, so can being tired. Think! Don’t mix up the signals. The first thing to do when you get a craving is drink a full glass of water. Too much water can also cause cravings, so spread your water out and drink it throughout the day.
3.PH balance Eating foods that are extremely acidic or extremely alkaline causes cravings in order to maintain balance. For example, eating a diet too rich in sugar (gasp!) may cause a craving for meat. Eating a diet with too many raw foods may cause cravings for extremely cooked (dehydrated foods) or visa versa.
5.Lack of nutrients. If our body has inadequate nutrients, it will have odd cravings. For example, inadequate mineral levels cause us to crave salt, and overall inadequate nutrition produces cravings for non-nutritional forms of energy, like caffeine. I hear so many of my clients complaining about their cravings for chocolate. One reason we crave chocolate is magnesium deficiency, which is rampant today because of soil depletion.
6.Hormones When women experience menstruation, pregnancy or menopause, fluctuating testosterone and estrogen levels may cause unique cravings. Not Fun.
7. De-evolution When things are going really well, sometimes a self-sabotage syndrome happens. We crave foods that throw us off, thus creating more cravings to balance ourselves. This happens a lot from low blood-sugar and may result in strong mood swings.
In light of all of the reasons for cravings, we should do our best to eat in a way that supports; good blood sugar levels, eating foods that are seasonal, and staying in touch with our primary foods.
Having said that I really want to encourage you not to be to hard on yourself when you do have the gift of a craving. Respect the wisdom of your body and listen closely to what it is telling you…..so brilliant, so wise.