Why do we get cravings for cakes and chips and never foods that are good for us, like cauliflower or spinach? I don’t know the answer but I do know that giving in to every unhealthy craving you get is not good for your health or your waistline.
Here is a list of how to say NO to some of the cravings you might get.
Craving chocolate might be sign of magnesium deficiency. So what you should do if you start to crave chocolate is to eat more wholegrains, beans, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables (spinach). If you still feel the need to eat a piece of chocolate you can buy dark chocolate (at least 50% to 70% cocoa solids), but only eat one or two cubes and no more than that.
Sugar is very addictive and our bodies react to it like a drug; we start to crave a fix if we go without it for too long. The cause of craving sugar might be because your energy levels are down and you have low blood sugar levels. But, instead of eating all the cake or biscuits in sight, try eating some figs or granadillas. You should try to keep your blood sugar balanced by not skipping any of your meals, especially breakfast!
I don’t know what it is about fizzy drinks but we all love them! It might be the fizzy sensation or the sweet taste that makes us return for more – even the diet fizzy drinks are loaded with additives! So, instead of reaching for them, try sparkling water for the fizzy-sensation or a sugar-free gum for the sweet taste.
Craving salty chips could mean that you feel stressed, or you might have problems with your adrenal glands and your body’s sodium levels are off balance. The worst thing you can do is grab that packet of chips because too much salt can give you high blood pressure. So, instead of going for the chips when you’re feeling stressed, try breathing exercises to calm yourself down.
Coffee can become a big problem for some people. I’ve heard of people who drink 10 to 15 cups a day. Craving coffee might mean that your energy levels are low. But you don’t need coffee to fix that. You could try to get more sleep, or visit your doctor because you may be low on nutrients such as iron, vitamin B12 or magnesium, which are all essential for energy. Try swapping your coffee for some green tea instead.
Don’t get us wrong. We are not saying you should never eat or drink any of the above, but remember to do it in moderation.
Words: Natassha Burrell