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Life Force Diet: Curb Your Cravings

Life Force Diet: Curb Your Cravings

Who hasn’t experienced the overwhelming desire to eat something specific, whether it be chocolate, potato chips, a burger, or some other food? We’ve all experienced cravings, but we should be careful about the way in which we satisfy them. By understanding what your body is actually deficient in (assuming it is a physical, not an emotional food craving, you can get to the root cause of the cravings, and eventually kick them all together.

Before you satisfy your cravings, drink a tall glass of pure water. Quite often we misinterpret our body’s signal for thirst as a signal of hunger. By drinking a tall glass of water first, you may be giving your body exactly what it wants and alleviate cravings altogether. Some experts estimate that up to 80 percent of the population is chronically dehydrated, so start with water before you try to decipher your cravings.Then, wait at least half an hour before you satisfy them. Read on to learn more about what your cravings might mean. And, of course, always strive to eat something that gets to the heart of your cravings. For example, if you crave chocolate you may have a magnesium deficiency. Choose to eat foods higher in magnesium such as nuts, seeds, fish, and leafy greens.

Chocolate: Cravings for chocolate often indicate that your body is deficient in magnesium, which is a common deficiency. Eat foods high in magnesium, such as nuts, seeds, fish, and leafy greens.

Sweets: If you crave sweets you may be experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. Giving in to cookies, cakes, candies, or other refined sweets will only make the problem worse and cause a blood sugar roller coaster that leads to more cravings. Instead, choose a piece of fruit when you�re craving sweets. And, regularly choose more high-fiber foods like beans and legumes, and complex carbohydrates like whole grains keep your blood sugar stable.

Salty Foods: Cravings for salty foods like popcorn or chips often indicate stress hormone fluctuations in the body. Getting on top of the stress in your life is step one. Try meditation, breathing exercises, or other stress management techniques. Research at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City showed that people who take a break to breathe deeply or meditate before reaching for salty snacks reduced their stress hormones by 25 percent and cut the binging in half.

Red Meat: Not surprisingly, cravings for red meat usually indicate an iron deficiency. Often people crave burgers or steaks. Women of menstruation age are especially vulnerable to iron deficiencies. Eat more iron-rich beans and legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs, and other dried fruits.

Cheese: Cravings for cheese or pizza often indicate a fatty acid deficiency, which is common in most people. Eat foods such as raw walnuts, wild salmon, flax oil; add ground flaxseeds to your diet.

Reaching for junk foods at the onset of cravings will only satisfy them temporarily. Making dietary changes that address deficiencies or imbalances can help eliminate them altogether.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, CNC, is a six-time and best-selling book author whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. She is a doctor of natural medicine, holistic nutritionist, and holistic life coach. Visit to learn more. provides content and community for who you aspire to be–personally, socially and globally.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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12:46AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Thanks Michelle.

12:40AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Thanks Michelle.

8:48AM PDT on Sep 6, 2010


9:13AM PDT on Sep 4, 2010

good info

9:13AM PDT on Sep 4, 2010

good info

8:38AM PDT on Aug 30, 2010

Thanks for the article

3:51AM PDT on Aug 30, 2010

Thanks for the info.

2:00AM PDT on Jun 6, 2010

Sometimes our cravings are a result of unfilled needs in other areas of our lives, e.g., emotional or spiritual needs.

10:14AM PDT on Apr 28, 2010


5:10AM PDT on Apr 19, 2010

Great tips. Thanks for posting this article.

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