If you've been reading my random ramblings (alliteration for the win!) for a while now, you may have noticed I am a sucker for cravings. A sucker in that I get them often and don't generally ignore them. luckily for me I generally crave wholemeal pasta or roasted veggies or sweet potato and nut butter or oatmeal or... ok you get it- stuff that isn't gonna make me feel blah. Which is why I guess I allow myself to go with the wants.
this post- my body smartly knew what it needed and made me crave it.
Luckily for me, the only thing I really crave from this list is breads, pasta etc. However this makes me question the reliability of this research as it says I need nitrogen, which you get from dark leafy greens and nuts and seeds and I don't know how to communicate the vast amount of these foods that I already eat each day (I can fit a lot of greens in my smoothies!). So much that I don't think it would be possible for me to eat more without cutting out a major food group or three! Although maybe my body is lacking in nitrogen because I'm not absorbing it well from my foods or something. I'm not sure, but let's move on any way.
I guess that adds to the validity of the power and influence cravings have over us. That's not to say emtoion and desire don't play a part though- they most definitely do! Sometimes food cravings come about to satisfy an emotional need (calming stress, reducing anxiety) because some foods produce extra hormones- like melatonin or serotonin which can change how we feel.
Some other theories include eating a diet lacking in variety will result in more food cravings, throughout history humans have had to survive famines and store excess calories- so we may be programmed to crave foods high in calories or even your craving reveals the type of person you are- likes order, has few regrets, walks on wild side, loner, creative, private (all this from something you really want to eat!).
The best piece of information I found about cravings, would have to be this paragraph; revealing all the answers:
'A lot of people really enjoy chocolate. It’s wonderful food. But
that’s different from having burning chocolate cravings. When our
bodies are being deprived of the fuel they desperately need to keep
their metabolisms stoked, immune systems thriving, and hormonal systems
in tip-top shape, they will cause us to crave whatever they think we’ll
eat to get the necessary fuel. For most of us low carbers, that’s
In the mean time, I'm off to go make brekky (yes I'm having oats... I feel asthough they are one craving I could definitely never ignore!)
What's is you most typical craving?
Do you listen to your cravings?
Do you think they're a sign for something else you might be missing out on?
See you next time! (3 days til Christmas!) :D