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by Lorena Valeri, naturopath
According to Vera Tweed (2015), experts are now saying that although unhealthy eating habits are formed in childhood, there is hope for us yet; they now believe that the brain can be re-programmed for a healthier culinary experience.
Also studies showed that although some cravings can highlight some nutritional deficiencies in many cases the food we crave may not exactly correct those deficiencies. Some studies have found that sugar and starch cravings may be a result of low blood sugar and the body trying to correct itself (though not in a long term productive way).
Eating sugars and starches will spike blood sugar and as sure as things go up, they must also come crashing down (sometimes fast). To avoid this occurring, the Tweed (2015) recommends eating a protein and a healthy piece of fruit which will stabilize blood sugar for longer periods.
Other surprising triggers for cravings in the report:
Let’s breakdown the cravings:
|Sugary Foods||Chromium, carbon, phosphorus, sulfur or tryptophan||Grapes, other fresh fruit, nuts, vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, sweet potatoes and spinach|
|Salty Foods||Chloride or silicone||Celery, tomatoes, lettuce, seaweed, cashews, or seeds|
|Fatty Foods or Dairy||Calcium||Mustard, turnip greens, broccoli, almonds, salmon, kale, legumes, low fat dairy or sesame seeds|
|Starchy foods||Nitrogen||Dark leafy greens i.e. Kale or collards, nuts and seeds, eggs, lean chicken or turkey|
|Chocolate – Dark
Chocolate – dairy milk
Good fats i.e. Omega 3 type.
|Nuts, fish and leafy green vegetables, organic cacaoNuts and seeds, tuna, salmon, mackerel, cod, eggs, avocado, cold olive oil|
¼ cup balsamic vinegar, ½ cup water, ¼ cup walnuts, ¼ cup raisins, ¼ tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 clove minced garlic. Blend in a blender and add to salads.
Dr. Fuhrman, Tweed (2015) says that the longer you stay away from the starchy and sugary or salty craving foods from the past the less you will crave them. This is great news for those wanting to reach a healthy weight, but have been sabotaged by your cravings in the past.