February 18th, 2011
by Nicole · Filed Under: Nutrition
Our bodies are amazing, just think for a second about everything that your body accomplishes in a day. Sometimes it is hard to truly appreciate the body that you have been blessed with, but I have an amazing body…and so do you!
Your body is a super-computer that never makes mistakes all you have to do is pay attention.
Cravings are an exciting part of a healthy lifestyle, even though most people view cravings as a weakness, they are really an important message meant to help you maintain balance.
Have you ever taken the time to look at the foods, deficits and behaviors in your life that are the underlying causes of your cravings.
When you experience a craving, pick it apart and ask yourself, what does my body want and why?
Here are a few causes for cravings:
1. Water – Lack of water can send a message to the body that you are thirsty which can manifest as a mild hunger, so the first thing to do when you get a craving is drink a full glass of water. Excess water can also cause cravings in the body, so make sure that your water intake is balanced for your body.
2. Lack of primary foods – Being unhappy, stressed, bored, uninspired, or being imbalanced in any aspect of your life can cause emotional eating. This type of emotional eating can be used as a substitute for entertainment or to fill the void of primary food. Be sure you are always doing what you love, life is to short to miss out on the things that truly make you happy.
3. Lack of nutrients – If your body has inadequate nutrients, it will produce odd cravings.
4. Yin/Yang imbalance – Some foods have more yin qualities (expansive) while others have more yang qualities (contractive). Eating extremely yin or extremely yang cause cravings in order to maintain balance.
Remember that everyone has different reasons and levels of cravings and it is up to you to listen to your body to detect what works for you.
Have a great weekend!