The problem is not with the signal, but with our interpretation of the message. The body asks for one thing in the form of a craving and we fulfill it as quickly as possible with what we think it’s asking for. This typically leaves us reaching for candy, potato chips or carbonated beverages. Trying to fill the void with these empty calorie foods leaves us wanting. Quite often, consuming that crave-able, that item you thought would make your day, leaves you bloated, guilty, and generally unfilled.
Instead of fighting cravings, we should embrace them. Don’t resist the need for sugar or salt, just choose the right foods and you’ll find that you can satiate your need and feel better and more energized for it. In honor of National Nutrition Month, here are 5 common cravings, what they really mean, and the foods that can satisfy them.
Cravings are not the enemy. They are the body’s way of telling us we’re missing something. It is our job to identify what our cravings mean and address them with the right food choices. By doing our best to choose healthy, nutritious foods, we keep our body’s supply of minerals high and the need for signaling us diminishes. By making better choices, we can minimize cravings and maximize our health.