If you tend to have regular food cravings for certain types of food, realize that your body is trying to send you a message. And, while it’s a little like playing food detective, once you see the connection between certain foods that you crave, and the imbalances in your body, that these cravings temporarily seem to satisfy, you’ll be able to make healthier food choices to remedy and balance those deficiencies. Whenever we intensely crave a certain food, it’s not so much the food that we want, but more so the mineral-balancing or hormone-balancing effect that a particular food brings us.
If You Can’t Stop Drinking Coffee – If you find yourself constantly low on energy, and your energy boost of choice is coffee, this may signal sluggish adrenal glands, meaning they can’t produce enough of the hormone cortisol to keep you naturally alert. Over-indulgence in coffee, will only further squash your adrenals function. To help you immediately cut-down on your coffee consumption, alternate 1 cup of coffee with 1 cup of fresh brewed ginger tea (hot or cold). Ginger contains gingerols, which are energizing plant compounds, that also support adrenal healing and function. Keep substituting more and more cups of ginger tea in place of coffee, until you’re maxed-out at 1-2 cups of coffee per day or less.
Is Chocolate Your Best Friend – When we seek out chocolate, our brain is actually seeking out the serotonin high that is produced by the theobromine found in chocolate. Serotonin is our body’s “feel good” hormone. To curb excessive intake of chocolate, try eating one square first thing in the morning, which is when your body’s serotonin levels are the highest, which will also make eating the chocolate less enjoyable. Within 2 weeks, you will slowly start craving less and less chocolate, and you can turn to healthier, vegetarian serotonin boosters such as oranges, broccoli, spinach, corn, beets, parsnips and brussel sprouts.
Is Bread and Pasta Your Favorite ‘Go-To’ – Having intense cravings for bread and pasta, can indicate that you have erratic fluctuations in your blood sugar levels. When our blood sugar plunges quickly, our body tends to gravitate towards simple sugar foods for a quick means to boost our energy and alertness. To quickly start balancing your blood sugar, and reduce those carb cravings, 3 times a day mix yourself a drink of 8 ounces of warm water and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. The acetic acid in the vinegar slows the breakdown of starch, to help keep blood sugar levels stable for hours after consumption. It’s best to drink this 30 minutes BEFORE each meal. (Do NOT consume white vinegar)
Are You Addicted to Anything Made of Sugar – This is an obvious message from your body, that you have an overload of candida yeast in your body. To reverse this, EVERY day consume 2 gloves of fresh, RAW garlic mixed in with your meals. You can diced, shave or pulverize the garlic, and mix it in with salads, veggies, soups and meats. Garlic is rich in a compound called allicin, which is a natural yeast killer.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina ‘The Veggie Goddess’ Matthews