Monday, March 27, 2017

Are your Cravings Based on Comfort or Nutrient Deficiency?

Cravings can be intense—and often they go way beyond minor hankering. 
Surely, it can't just be that you want chocolate. 
There must be some reason that you need chocolate. Right? Unfortunately, you probably don't. In most cases, cravings aren't a physiological function telling you what you need. 
In fact, it's much more like that that they're a dysfunction.

The Likely Cause of Cravings:

While a subtle nutrient need is partly to blame, cravings arise for several reasons—and tend to include a tangled web of psychology, hormones, and other physiological issues.
Some research shows similarities between chocolate cravings and alcohol addiction, in that both alcohol and cacao contain similar neuroactive alkaloids (chemicals that tweak your melon). In other words, research suggests that chocolate is addictive. Another reason you could be craving that brownie is because of your emotional history with it. It's one of the great American comfort foods. We're brought up identifying chocolate with birthdays, Halloween, post-soccer game ice cream outings, and all those magic moments when you were a good little boy or girl who deserved a reward.
Furthermore, the chocolate you consume is filled with sugar—and sugar cranks up the "feel good" hormone serotonin (among other chemicals) levels in your brain, giving you a feeling of mild euphoria. When it's gone, you want more. Combine this sugar hit with the emotional issues and you've got one powerful craving.

Another Possibility: Nutrient Deficiency
You could also be craving certain foods—or certain food types—because your balance of carbs, protein, and fat is off.
If you think this may be the case, feed the craving with healthy food. 
If you're craving sweet things, increase your fruit and veggie intake. 
If you crave greasy foods, increase your raw nut or avocado (good fats) intake.
 If you find yourself craving meat and cheese, increase your lean protein intake with chicken, fish, eggs, and legumes. 
If you do this and it doesn't work, odds are that your cravings are more psychologically based.

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Cravings stink...
And when you're trying to lose weight, they stink even more, as calorie deficits tend to increase cravings. In our most frustrated, give-me-the-donut-before-I-kill-someone moments, we'd all like a simple solution. Unfortunately, it doesn't exist. Finding your way around cravings requires a little patience and experimentation. It's just a matter of finding a healthy substitute, a little willpower—or some combination of both.

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Do you feel your cravings are based on Comfort or Nutrient Deficiency?? 
Or something else?

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