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What Your Cravings Mean

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. Supplement with a high-quality supplement that includes the benefi­cial fats, especially Omega 3s. It should contain both EPA and DHA. Two to three servings of fish such as wild salmon or a small handful of raw walnuts or 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds in a smoothie will often cut out cheese cravings altogether.

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. If you eat meat you can also choose lean, organic red meat like beef or bison as a source of iron. Just remember to keep meat consumption to within 15 percent of your total daily diet. Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, so take vitamin C alongside your iron-rich foods. Alternatively, eat citrus, red peppers, tomatoes, or berries which are high in vitamin C with your iron-rich foods.

If you often feel snacky, sometimes for sweets, sometimes for salty foods, it can mean you’re not eating a well-balanced diet and may be missing a variety of nutrients. Get started with weeks one and two of the life force diet right away, cutting out the junk and adding more delicious, healthful foods. Also, add a good multivitamin and mineral to your day.

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

Adapted with permission from The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook, BSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional 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 The Phytozyme Cure. 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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9:49AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

I'm hanging my head as I've just finished eating a bag of chocolates.

10:35AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

I had a major surgery on my C-spine a few years ago. This rendered me unable to swallow solid food for about three months. The thing I craved the most during that time wasn't chocolate or junk, but salad! I was overjoyed when my swallowing issues resolved enough for me to manage eating a salad, and it was the best treat ever! Still love fresh salads, but unfortunately also have gone back to indulging in sweets and other things that are not quite as healthy too. Good article, thanks!

2:44AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thank you :)

3:54AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

Very informative article. The point made about mistaking thirst for hunger is also very true.

11:36PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Thank you. Useful information. Just having been released from the hospital, I came home with cravings for certain things like fish, beets. Knowing my lab results and what I was low in, this article matched exactly what the results indicated I was lacking.

11:46PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Interesting, thank you.

11:41PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Interesting, thank you.

10:19AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Thanks---nice to know the meaning to our carvings!

9:35AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

My cravings for everything sweet have been taken care of by a system I use by innoveat. I don't have anywhere near the same level of cravings i had in the past and it is amazing what this has done for my self confidence. My boyfriend bought me this so you can imagine i was furious but he meant well as he knows i always battle with cravings and weight issues. I am glad he got this for me because i fell at last i will be able to lose the weight i want (i have already lost seven pounds).

10:53PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Thank you.

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