Psychological health

What You Crave For and What Your Body Actually Needs

It comes out of nowhere. When you least expect it. You mind your own business and suddenly you strike! Passion for food! It is a strong, unshakeable feeling that grips you and strips you of any willpower.

Most of us crave a certain type of food depending on our mood and it can be so powerful that most of the time we just shrug it off. I know I have it almost every time.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one does not eat well.”

Virginia Wolf

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Yes, it feels great when I stuff my face with delicious chocolate cakes, delicious pastries, and satiate my sweet tooth. But then comes guilt and shame. No matter how hard I try, I eventually give in to my cravings and start overeating until my heart is satisfied. but why?

Why do we crave sweeter, saltier, fatter, higher-calorie foods? Is it just a sexy thing for a moment? Is it due to mood swings and depression? Or is it because of the kind of nutrition our bodies actually need?

Instead of expressing our thoughts and emotions in a healthy way, we shut them down by stuffing our mouths confusing our minds and bodies as satisfying, satisfying, and reassuring. Science confirms that we go into binge eating when we are not able to express our feelings and thoughts easily or find it difficult to deal with them. The less we are able to express our feelings, the more unhealthy our minds, bodies, and hearts become, and the more food we crave.

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What does a passion for food actually mean

Whether you crave sugary or salty foods, these are not always associated with weak will or lack of self-control. Our gut instincts often tell us when something is wrong. However, we often tend to misinterpret the messages our instincts send us. When we experience mood swings or uncontrollable emotions, we need to stop and look deeper. Most of the time, our mood corresponds to something going wrong on a physical level.

“Good food is the basis of true happiness.”

– Auguste Escoffier

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Our minds and bodies are completely in sync and give us constant feedback. A physical problem can give us a hint of an emotional or mental phenomenon and vice versa. Even a negligible change in our physical health can reveal a great deal about what is wrong with our mind, heart, or spirit. Cravings for food can sometimes be normal. But if you find yourself craving the same type of food for a long time, it could be a warning sign of a nutritional deficiency in your diet.

Our body is a complex system of signals and balances that help it function effectively. Food cravings are one of the many ways our physical body signals its requirements and asks us to satisfy that need. Food cravings are often the result of hormonal imbalances, deficiencies of specific nutrients, and lifestyle changes, and behaviours. What you need to understand is exactly what your body requires. Once you know what you need, you can then save it.


Let your passion for food guide you

The Cravings Guide: What You Crave And What Your Body Really Needs

“A balanced diet is a cookie in every hand.”

– Barbara Johnson

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Food cravings provide a deeper insight into our inner workings. By deciphering the true meanings of your sudden cravings, you will know what is really affecting you from the inside.

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Here we’ll take a closer look at what each type of craving means and what you really need to eat.

Not only will you gain a better understanding of the nutrient-rich and healthy foods that you need to eat instead of unhealthy junk food, you will also be able to improve your mental, emotional, and spiritual health by improving your physical health. Check it out below:

Food Passion Guide

1. Craving: salt / salty foods

A strong and frequent craving for salty foods usually indicates a lack of chloride, zinc and silicon, and adrenal fatigue in the body. With a proper diet, you can counter these cravings and work towards building a healthier life.

What you really need to eat:

  • for Chloride deficiencyEat fatty fish, raw goat’s milk/cheese and sea salt
  • for zinc deficiencyConsume more sea salt
  • for Silicon deficiencyEat cashews, nuts, seeds, etc.
  • for adrenal fatigueFocus on stress reduction and a clean diet

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