Cravings are real, for everyone, however, the reason behind the craving can be much different in every person. Really the key to making big health and lifestyle shifts in your everyday life is to be aware of how your body reacts and responds to things. For example, someone who is craving sweets, may just need more sweetness in their life. Therefore, looking at ways to bring more sweetness in their life, like finding what brings them joy, could really eliminate the craving. This post focuses on nutrient deficiencies but be sure to look at your whole picture.
On the other side, someone who craves chocolate, especially dark chocolate, just might be magnesium deficient. Below is a list of common food cravings I see with my patients, possible nutrient deficiencies that may possibly be the cause and what you can eat instead.
nutrient missing: magnesium
2. Sweet Stuff
nutrient missing: chromium
what to eat instead: broccoli, whole grains, tomatoes, onions
nutrient missing: tryptophan
what to eat instead: chicken, soybeans, turkey, salmon, spinach
3. Salty Foods
nutrient missing: chloride
what to eat instead: seaweed, celery, lettuce
nutrient missing: protein
5. Greasy Foods
nutrient missing: calcium
what to eat instead: green leafy veggies, broccoli, nuts