What do your food cravings mean?

Posted by joe rigs on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Under: Get your mind right
When you have severe food cravings it can be a sign of a serious nutrient deficiency.

OR... It's could just mean that you should eat what you're craving because it tastes good!

I'm not trying to downplay the fact that some people have some real issues with food. I have no doubt some folks may even crave the very foods that are harming their health. For many folks however, I don't think that's the case.

I see many otherwise very healthy people completely and neurotically overanalyze their cravings to the point where it causes unnecessary anxiety. Anxiety that is far more detrimental to their health than something like chocolate ever could be.

This line of thinking has spawned numerous charts, graphs and memes that try to tell you which vitamin or mineral you might be missing in the event you crave evil carbs, dangerous salt or even sinister sweets.

I don't know about you but if I'm craving something sweet the last thing in the world I want is broccoli. I promise there's nothing wrong with you if you crave carbohydrates or a sweet taste after a good meal. I might be inclined, however, to question your honesty (or your sanity) if you tell me you're craving cauliflower. No one craves cauliflower.

No one.

But hey, maybe you've experimented with these principles already. Maybe you've discovered that when you crave chocolate, a nice plate of lentils really satisfies and makes you happy. If that's the case then by all means, go for it. Do your thang gurl! Sorry, I have no idea why I wrote that.

My point is, just because you saw it in a colorful graphic doesn't mean it's true. Experiment with your cravings. If you crave something salty then just eat something salty. If you feel like you can't stop eating the salty thing maybe it's just because you didn't eat enough that day. You may not need to over think things. Maybe you're just someone who really likes salt. In fact, maybe you actually NEED SALT... not milk from a grass-fed yak. Although that's probably fine too. I'm not judging people who love grass-fed yak milk.

Okay look, if you really like to take advise from colorful graphics then I've devised something just for you.

Enjoy it in good health. :)

In : Get your mind right 

Tags: food cravings  bacon  carbos 


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Joe Rignola, HHC, FDN Joe Rignola is an author, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and Health Counselor. More importantly, I hate talking in the 3rd person. I'm really just a guy who took control of my own health and overcame several ailments including metabolic disorders, digestive issues, depression and ADD. Actually, my recovery from ADD however is questionable.