The 18 Most Common Food Cravings + How to Fix Them Healthfully
Posted Oct 04 2011 4:31am
We’ve all been there: Tuesday night. Home alone. There’s oatmeal in the cupboard and eggs in the fridge, but all we can’t stop thinking about is potato chips – and ice cream. Alas, many nutritionists believe our food cravings are actually telling us we are deficient of some nutrient. Take, for instance, the following 18 common diet disasters that come in the form of food cravings. According to Dr. Huber, NMD , a naturopathic doctor and primary care physician in Tempe, Arizona, the following cravings are associated with the listed nutrient deficiencies, and can be appeased with the mentioned substitutes ( Naturopathy.com ):
Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes
Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Vitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables
Some Exceptions to the Rules Above
1. Make sure that you eat controlled portions of the “healthy” alternatives listed above. Fortunately, many of the foods listed above are high in fiber, whole grains, and/or water content, so it is rather difficult to binge. Still, remember that a serving size of whole grains is about the size of a cupped hand, while meats should be no larger than a deck of cards.
2. If you consume controlled portions of the substitutes listed above and still experience the craving, wait 20 minutes and determine if you are still hungry. Avoiding the food you are craving altogether is a sound strategy – It turns out that people will eat more calories when given a food they have thought about beforehand than of a food they never craved to begin with (Appetite, 2003).
3. If you are tired or fatigued and experiencing prolonged periods of hunger, make an appointment with your physician. While it is likely that your condition is not serious, it is important to ensure that you are in good health before you begin any diet or exercise regimen. One of my good friends recently was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and was rather relieved that her frequent colds, lethargy, and constant hunger had a cure. You never know until you check!
Try the above table next time you are feeling hungry. If nothing else, you will be getting far more nutrients, less calories, and increased energy from stabilized blood sugar – definitely a win-win-win situation!