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Your Cravings: Decoded

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Your Cravings: Decoded

What do you crave?  The saltiness of potato chips, the cool creaminess of ice cream, or the rich flavor of chocolate?  Whatever you’re longing for, it may be your body’s way of letting you know you’re missing valuable nutrients.  Here’s how to decode your cravings.

All CravingsMost cravings are actually misinterpretations from our bodies that we are dehydrated.  By drinking a tall glass of water first, you may be giving your body exactly what it wants and alleviate the craving altogether. By some estimations, 80 percent of people are chronically dehydrated.  So, before you reach for food to nix your cravings, quench them with some water.  Then wait half an hour.  More often than not, they’ll be gone.

Sweets—If you crave sweets of almost any kind you may be experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. Giving in to pie, candy, cake, or other goodies only makes the problem worse by causing blood sugar roller coasters that lead 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.

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Salty Foods—Cravings for salty foods like potato chips or popcorn often means chronic stress may be taking a toll on your adrenal glands—two triangular-shaped glands that sit atop the kidneys and give us energy and help us to cope with stress of all kinds.  Getting on top of the stress in your life is essential. 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.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

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 WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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1:59AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thanks

3:01PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

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1:40PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

1:39PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

2:14PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Now I understand why I am craving salt all the time it seems I never get enough...yet I am always concerned about how much I get due to my kidneys and my heart.

1:39AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Great information. Now I finally understand why I sometimes crave salt. I will use meditation next time I get a craving. Thank you so much.

2:19AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Great article, thank you!

5:36PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

I really appreciate your wonderful article. I was wondering why I have been craving popcorn so much lately. Thanx, now I will pray more and trust my God more

1:59PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

i love to eat fruit and such... mmm. thanks for the info!

5:30PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Salty foods! Hmmmm

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