Understanding Your Cravings

Cravings, we all have them! Most of us deal with them every day, chocolate, potato chips, cookies, alcohol. It’s so hard not to give into them, but we always do. So is it right or wrong? Obviously our bodies are telling us it needs some thing. Cravings are triggered by emotional and physical factors. And reaching for the things you want usually leaves a feeling of pleasure at first, but can then lead to over eating and bingeing. And what about when you eat high salty foods why do you always want something sweet afterward and vice a versa. I know after eating Old Bay smothered steamed crabs, (as a Marylander, it’s a must!) I always want ice cream and usually we run for the nearest Dumser’s Dairyland (our local ice cream parlours) for whatever we can get our hands on! So, what’s it all mean and how do we deal with them?

Usually our bodies are deficient in minerals and nutrients, and that’s why we get cravings. But it could also be seasonal cravings, like fruit and ice cream in the summers. And heavier foods, soups, meats in the winters. Sometimes if you eat a lot of meat, you end up craving sugar and alcohol or if you eat a lot of cooked foods you tend to crave raw foods. Women tend to get more cravings than men, due to pregnancies and menstruation. And a lot of us crave foods from our ancestry or backgrounds.

Cravings can also be misinterpreted as a sign of hunger when it’s actually water that our bodies need. “80% off the population is chronically dehydrated.” http://www.care2go.com/greenliving/  So, start off with a glass of water if you are craving some thing in particular and see if that doesn’t curb it first.

Understanding your cravings:

Sugar/Sweets- You may be deficient in minerals and you could be experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. It’s important to choose the right foods to get your body back in balance, eat more vegetables, chose fruit, whole grains, and beans to curb a sweet tooth.

Red Meat- You could be iron deficient. More women again are iron deficient and will crave red meat. Choose beans and dried fruits. Iron is hard for the body to absorb so include foods with Vitamin C to help absorption, such as tomatoes and citrus fruits.

Snacks- When you crave snacky foods, it tends to mean you’re not eating a balanced diet and missing nutrients. Focus on proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and healthy dairy foods. Try to avoid the junk foods, giving into the junk cravings is only a temporary fix. Changing your lifestyle and chosing better food choices will help eliminate cravings all together.

Cheese- Most people tend to crave cheese and the high fatty foods, like pizza. It usually means you have a fatty acid deficiency. Chose raw walnuts and wild salmon, foods high in Omega 3’s.

Salty- Cravings for salt like popcorn and potato chips usually mean an increase in stress hormones. First thing is to take control or reduce the stress in your life. Try
yoga, Pilates, meditation, even exercising. It often means your body is lacking iodine or potassium. Focus on eating more green leafy vegetables to curb salt cravings.

Focusing and narrowing down your cravings can help you understand what your body is lacking for minerals and nutrients. Drinking more water may curb a lot of your cravings so make sure to stay hydrated. Evaluate what’s going on in your life at the time of your cravings, are you highly stressed, not eating well, or not eating enough and causing your body to have chronic blood sugar changes. Getting a hold of your cravings can help your over all lifestyle and health. It will also manage your weight and wellness. Here’s to understanding your cravings and conquering them!

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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