What do food cravings say about you? (CHART)

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Hey you. Yes you!

Have you ever wanted a chocolate cupcake so badly, you didn’t catch a single word during that meeting just salivating over it?

Or a burger so desperately, you were willing to drive 1,5 hours just to make sure you got it?

Have you ever left everything you were doing, and at the most inconvenient time, and during the worst weather conditions, to get to a cafe no matter how far it may have been, just to get a cup of coffee?

So you are probably familiar with food cravings then.

Cravings are not quite the same as hunger, in fact they couldn’t be more different. Hunger is controlled by the stomach and craving by the brain. Hunger is all about your survival mechanism and craving is all about your body communicating with you.

Next time you have a craving like something sweet, ask yourself – “is it just sugar I am craving? I mean, will I be satisfied by sucking on a sugar cube or is it something more specific? Perhaps chocolate?” If the answer is indeed chocolate,  it is your body’s way of letting you know you may be deficient in Magnesium, because raw cacao is the highest source of magnesium. Knowing this you can find all the foods that have high content of this nutrient and by slowly adding them to your diet, you can rid of recurring cravings for good.

And just take a look at what I have for you!!! Below is a chart of all the common cravings I come across with clients, the reason behind each craving and all the foods you can eat to mineralise!

Have fun…

FOOD CRAVINGS CHART

Craving this:……… Reason is:………………………….. Restore with this:……………………………………..
COMMON FOOD
Cheese Essential Fatty Acids deficiency Omega 3′s (EPA and DHA)- Flax oil, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts
Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
Pasta, white bread, pastries Chromium deficiency Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples, sweet potato
Bread and toast Nitrogen deficiency Foods containing proteins, i.e.. Green leafy veges, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains
Red meat Iron deficiency beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Popcorn Stress hormone fluctuations Meditation, breathing exercises, exercise, leafy greens, vitamin B and C
Crisps Chloride deficiency celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Essential Fatty Acids deficiency Omega 3′s (EPA and DHA)- Flax oil, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts
FLAVOUR
Burned Food Carbon deficiency Fresh fruits
Acid foods Magnesium deficiency raw cacao nibs/beans/powder, Whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, greens, fruit
Salty Foods Chloride deficiency celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Stress hormone fluctuations Meditation, breathing exercises, exercise, leafy greens, vitamin B and C
SWEETS
Chocolate Magnesium deficiency raw cacao nibs/beans/powder, Whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, greens, fruit
Soda, fizzy drinks Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
General sweets Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) fruit, high fibre foods (beans, legumes), complex carbs (grains), chromium (cinnamon)
Tryptophan deficiency spirulina, pumpkin/sesame/sunflower seeds, raw cacao, oatmeal, sweet potato, spinach, raisins
Chromium deficiency Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples, sweet potato
Sulphur deficiency cruciferous vege (kale, cabbage, etc), cranberries, horseradish, asparagus, carob powder, garlic, onion
Phosphorus deficiency whole grains, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, lentils
STIMULANTS
Coffee or black tea Sulphur deficiency cruciferous vege (kale, cabbage, etc), cranberries, horseradish, asparagus, carob powder, garlic, onion
Iron deficiency beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
NaCl (salt) deficiency Himalayan sea salt, Apple Cider vinegar, kombucha
Phosphorous deficiency whole grains, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, lentils
Alcohol, recreational drugs Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
Glutamine deficiency Cabbage, beetroot, beans, spinach, parsley, vegetable juice
Protein deficiency Green leafy vegetable, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, beans
Potassium deficiency citrus fruits, bitter green leafy veges, banana, tomato, pineapple, black olives, seaweeds
Avenin deficiency Oatmeal, granola
Tobacco Silicon deficiency horsetail herb, nuts, seeds, oats, millet, barley, onions, whole wheat, beetroot. Avoid refines starches
Tyrosine deficiency Fruits (esp. Avocado and banana), whole grains, oats, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, Vitamin C, veges
EATING HABITS
Lack of appetite Chloride deficiency celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency whole grains, peanuts, seeds, beans, green and yellow vegetables
Niacin (Vitamin B3) deficiency Peanuts, sunflower seeds, wheat bran and wheat germ
Manganese deficiency walnuts, almonds, pecans, whole grains, green leafy veges, pineapple, blueberries
Often overeating Tryptophan deficiency spirulina, pumpkin/sesame/sunflower seeds, raw cacao, oatmeal, sweet potato, spinach, raisins
Tyrosine deficiency Fruits (esp. Avocado and banana), whole grains, oats, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, Vitamin C, veges
Silicon deficiency horsetail herb, nuts, seeds, oats, millet, barley, onions, whole wheat, beetroot. Avoid refines starches
Often snacky No balanced diet, missing nutrients Do a one week detox, substitute junk food for healthy meals
MORE BIZARRE
Crunching on ice Iron deficiency beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Laundry starch Iron deficiency beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Cigarette butts Iron deficiency beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption

 

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Tanya Maher is a certified health coach, chef, author, Reiki do Satori master healer, and a renowned raw food and detox expert. Born in Russia, raised in New Zealand and now living in London, you will often find her at myhotel Chelsea’s brand new raw food cafe and superfood cocktail bar, Tanya’s. She is the founder of Better Raw, co-founder of Tanya’s Cafe, creator of the Amazon No1 Bestselling DVD ‘Raw Food 101′, and author of numerous eBooks, as well as a FREE  beginner’s guide to living foods, One Day Raw, available on www.BetterRaw.com.

Comments

  1. Nonny says

    I keep looking for information on craving apples, but no one seems to have much on that. Yes, I drink plenty of water, yes I’m getting my vitamins, no I’m not a junk food junkie, I just want apples.

  2. Michelle says

    Hi

    With my pregnancies I craved raw oats (youngest child is 9 yo), and ate them by the cupful. I have now started craving them again, and I am not pregnant or planning to be. Can you tell me what I am lacking to start wanting to eat raw oats again? thanks

  3. Anonymous says

    under the ‘do a one week detox, substitute junk food for healthy meals’ I think it should read ‘substitute junk food WITH healthy meals.’ I’m sure the intention is to replace the junk foods, not the healthy meals.

  4. says

    This is good but I just have one request – is there any way that this chart could be revised into a more readable format? Maybe its just my small computer monitor, but the column “Restore with this:” is all bunched together and I can’t tell which items in this column go with the applicable “Craving this:” Thanks for the information though – its great! :-)

  5. says

    This is good but I just have one request – is there any way that this chart could be revised into a more readable format? Maybe its just my small computer monitor, but the column “Restore with this:” is all bunched together and I can’t tell which items in this column go with the applicable “Craving this:” Thanks for the information though – its great! :-)

  6. says

    This is good but I just have one request – is there any way that this chart could be revised into a more readable format? Maybe its just my small computer monitor, but the column “Restore with this:” is all bunched together and I can’t tell which items in this column go with the applicable “Craving this:” Thanks for the information though – its great! :-)

  7. says

    I just did a Google search for food cravings and your page was at the very bottom but for some reason I clicked on it. I’m glad I did. I really like these types of sites that offer information that is practical to living a healthy lifestyle.

    Thank you. I saved your page in my favorites to refer to and tell my friends.

  8. Anonymous says

    So your page through a Facebookfriend, I will save it on my webside so I can go back and read whenever I need it. Very interesting.

  9. Anonymous says

    Good chart but I have to say that just because you snack often doesn’t automatically mean you don’t have a balanced diet. I’m hypoglycemic and crave snacks because my metabolism cant keep me energized with just 3 meals a day.

    • Anonymous says

      Great chart! After a bit of research i now realise my need to chew on wet flannel is due to iron deficiency! So bizarre..

  10. Anonymous says

    What would a craving for yellow mustard fall under, acid? I’ve been eating mustard dipped pretzels like mad, and ate two big sandwiches full of mustard!

    • Anonymous says

      I’ve been wondering the same thing!! Lately I’ve been craving pretzels dipped in yellow mustard like crazy! I can’t get enough!! These aren’t foods I normally crave or eat much at all, so it’s a really strange thing…

    • Anonymous says

      I believe that also falls under potassium deficiency, as eating 2 TBL spoons of yellow mustard helps get rid of foot/ leg crams (the one’s that wake you up).

  11. says

    Wonderful information, and very interesting! My friend was recently telling me about this same thing. I think it’s amazing how the body can make it’s needs known through cravings! That being said, I think a lot of cravings are simply for the pure pleasure of the flavor of the particular food being craved. I’m well-stocked with omega-3s but I sometimes just want to eat a chunk of sharp cheddar cheese because it tastes so darn good! :)

    Also, do you think if a person who doesn’t eat raw cocoa is craving chocolate, their body is telling them that they need the magnesium even though they haven’t ever really received much magnesium from their Hershey bars? Just food for thought. I suppose processed milk chocolate is a drug all its own, anyway…

  12. says

    Tanya, this is amazing! Thank you so much! This post is so timely for me… I’ve been having mad cravings recently and this helps me make some sense of what on earth is going on! :-) xx

  13. Lynne Gale says

    I have just received this as I got back to my desk with a handful of cashew nuts …. quite a healthy snack but perhaps I eat too many nuts!
    Fabulous chart I will print it out and stick it near the fridge!!

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