I’m no saint, and I ain’t perfect.
I crave foods that aren’t necessarily “good” for me.
And sometimes those cravings are extremely, how shall I say, inconvenient.
I’ve been angry with my body for wanting the cookie and milk (and cheese and meat and wine…), especially when I’m trying to reduce or eliminate sugar or dairy for a while.
But then I learned that my cravings were actually telling me something valuable – that something was out of balance.
I just had to learn how to listen, sit with the sensation of craving, and ask what they were there for.
When you hate your cravings, you’re sending the message to your body that you hate it.
It’s like yelling at a baby for crying.
No one ever taught us that our cravings are living, breathing messages from our true selves. It’s time to learn the language of your body.
Here are the three root causes of cravings, and how you can begin to decode your body’s messages:
Many cravings are your body simply asking for what it needs. Ever feel hungry? That’s a craving for food when you need nourishment. Is that bad? Of course not. Being hungry is wonderful! It means you need sustenance to survive.
A craving for salty food is often a real need for more minerals. Use sea salt, which is richer in a wide variety of minerals than white, instead of refined table salt, to boost your mineral reserves. Sea vegetables, like dulse, kelp and nori are packed with minerals. Added to your lunch and dinner in small amounts, sea veggies can quiet the urge for salt as the mineral reserves have been filled.
Look at your diet as a whole – are you eating a wide variety of mineral rich foods? Are you getting enough calories? Where can you add more long-lasting, nourishing foods as condiments like sea veggies, hemp, chia seeds, or berries?
Have you ever wanted chocolate between 3 and 4pm? Oh, every day? Yeah, join the club! This craving is usually your body’s answer to the real problem: that you are tired from a full day of work. Your brain and body need to either rest or move.
When you next get that craving, I want you to close your eyes for ten seconds. How does your body feel? Is it tired? Anxious? How does it really want to feel? Do your eyes need a rest? Would a 5-10 minute nap in your car or putting your head down on your desk with eyes closed feel amazing?
Or perhaps you want to get up and stretch! Move around! Take a 10-minute walking break outside or even in the stairway in your building. Sitting all day is so harmful to our health, it takes more years off your life than smoking.
Your body knows this. It wants to move, feel alive and free. Give it what it wants. Move now!
What about those cravings that pop up because you’d rather eat than feel the message from your body? How does the craving feel? Could it actually be grief, anger, frustration, or shame?
So many of our cravings are actually physical manifestations of an emotional issue. Have you been ignoring your feelings, pushing through to try to ignore the sadness?
In my own life, I experienced huge sugar cravings when going through my divorce. Other cravings, like popcorn on the couch for dinner, were very strong when I was considering going back to dating again. And again, when my mom died, cheese and dairy products were all I wanted, a signal that I longed for comfort.
Your cravings mean something. They aren’t bad, and you’re not weak for having them. Being to look at and listen to them.
Your cravings are your guide to your best life, and a body you love.
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