WHAT CAUSES YOUR UNHEALTHY CRAVINGS?
The food cravings you experience are your body's way of telling you that it's not getting something it needs. Don't be fooled—the types of foods you crave are often NOT the foods your body needs, but rather an indication of imbalance in your diet or lifestyle. Here are some of the most common reasons for unhealthy cravings and what you can do to reduce them:
Dehydration. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, and if you aren't drinking enough water on a day to day basis, then you are most likely overcompensating with food. If you feel the need to compulsively snack, try drinking a glass of water instead. You will most likely notice that your erratic appetite subsides.
Nutrient Deficiency. If your body is lacking in certain nutrients, it will produce odd cravings. In general, inadequate protein causes sugar cravings and mineral deficiencies cause salt cravings. An overall poor diet will lead to cravings for non-nutritional forms of energy, like caffeine.
Food Addiction. If you've ever heard the saying "like produces like," it's certainly true when it comes to food! The more you eat of something, the more you want it. Sugar, wheat and processed foods have highly addictive qualities, and too much of any of these foods will cause cravings in excess. When you feed your body nutritious, whole foods, you will start to crave the right kinds of foods that fuel you in a healthy way.
Lifestyle Imbalance. If you are dissatisfied in other areas of your life, such as your career or your relationship, you will likely compensate with food to fill emotional voids. Your relationship with food is directly connected to your overall happiness. By making small lifestyle adjustments to create more balance in your life, you will find that you naturally take better care of yourself!
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