Why You Crave Ice Cream, Chips, Steak or Mom's Mac 'n' Cheese

What foods do you crave the most?

There are many reasons why you crave a particular food ranging from nutritional imbalances to emotional hungers. Here are some common food cravings and why you might have them:

  • Crunchy foods like chips and crackers: needing to express frustration or anger

  • Warm, soothing dishes like soup, stew and oatmeal: seeking emotional warmth

  • Spicy fare like Mexican and Thai: hankering intellectual or emotional stimulation; something to spice up your life

  • Protein-dense foods like meat, eggs, nuts or nut butter: yearning to feel more grounded, strong or focused

  • Nostalgic foods like cookies and milk, grandma's pie, dad's pancakes or mom's mac 'n' cheese: desiring the ease, security and comfort of childhood

  • Smooth, creamy foods like ice cream, pudding, peanut butter, mashed potatoes and avocado: longing to soothe and relax an anxious mind

  • Sugary treats: craving a mood lift, energy boost, expansion or more life sweetness

  • Chocolate: lacking magnesium or desiring love or intimacy

Look Upstream
Of course, all cravings aren't so black and white. Often, they are driven by numerous factors. I love helping my clients deconstruct their cravings. Sugar is one of my specialties; I'm a pro at uncovering the true source of a wicked sweet tooth.

When it comes to cravings, I look upstream. Meaning, I search for the root cause. You might know you reach for cookies or candy when you're feeling blue or low energy. The next step is to determine what's causing your funk or fatigue and keep working backwards until you land on the true trigger (hint: it's often a deeply ingrained core belief).

There are always exquisitely good reasons why you crave what you crave and eat what you eat. Peeling away the layers until you find the ultimate source of your cravings will empower you to finally release them.

3 Easy Tips for Smacking Down Your Sugar Cravings

We all know that consuming too much sugar can lead to cavities, weight gain, mood swings and diabetes. But did you know a high-sugar diet can increase cholesterol, triglycerides, wrinkles, anxiety, depression and your risk for cancer, heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer's?

Excess sugar can also cause hormonal imbalances, constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins and many more health problems.

I'd say that's more than enough reasons to kick sugar to the curb. Here are three easy tips to get you started.

1. Drink Water
Like a flower, our energy droops when we're dehydrated. Sugar is often our instant solution for boosting energy. Instead of reaching for a sugar-packed snack, drink a large glass of water. For a refreshing twist, add some mint leaves, berries, or slices of kiwi, ginger, orange or cucumber.

2. Punt Processed Foods
Added sugars and artificial sweeteners are abundant in processed, packaged foods and beverages ultimately promoting cravings for more sugar. There are over 90 different types of sugar and many are lurking in unsuspecting items like bread, spaghetti sauce, salad dressing, canned veggies and vitamins.

Most packaged goods are also loaded with sodium. When you eat high-sodium foods, your body will yearn for sugar to counterbalance all the salt.

Reduce or eliminate processed foods and beverages from your diet. Gradually, your taste buds will adjust and those sweet treats you once adored will taste disgustingly too sweet.

3. Spice It Up
Warm spices like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cardamom lend a sweet flavor to food and beverages. Sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal, plain yogurt or coffee instead of sugar. Add a pinch of ground cloves to bean, beef or pork dishes. Replace your 3 p.m. mochaccino with an herbal tea infused with these aromatic spices.

The less sugar you eat, the less you want. I know this to be true for myself and my clients, and I bet it will be for you too.

If you're ready to dive right in and get the support you need to smack down your sugar cravings, I invite you to request a complimentary consultation call. Click here for details.