DECODING CRAVINGS - EMOTIONAL EATING

For so many of us, our first port-of-call come stressful situation or joyful celebration is food. We seem hard-wired to use food as the ultimate congratulation and commiseration, and because of this there is always a reason to indulge your cravings, whether home alone or out at a social occasion.



Cravings reveal physical or emotional deficiency and imbalance, often our bodies crave that which will bring them back into balance. Below we explore the emotions linked to each nutritional deficiency, and foods where we can find them..


SWEETS

Emotional: Lack of joy Physical: Chromium, tryptophan, sulphur or phosporous Foods to choose: Spirulina, sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds, asparagus


SPICY FOODS

Emotional: Bored and seeking adventure

Physical: Sulphur Foods to choose: Cruciferous vegetables, onions, garlic


CAFFEINE

Emotional: Mentally exhausted

Physical: Sulphur, iron, salt, phosphorous

Foods to choose: Cruciferous vegetables, seaweed, brazil nuts, apple cider vinegar


DAIRY

Emotional: Lack of nurturing

Physical: Calcium, Omega 3s

Foods to choose: Tahini, kale, walnuts, broccoli


BREADS/CAKES

Emotional: Feeling empty or unfulfilled

Physical: Chromium, nitrogen Foods to choose: Cinnamon, sweet potato, onion, leafy greens, legumes


SALTY FOODS

Emotional : Feeling low or depressed

Physical: Chloride Foods to choose: Celery, tomato, sea salt


CRISPS/CRUNCHY FOODS

Emotional : Angry, anxious or frustrated

Physical: Chloride, essential fatty acids

Foods to choose: celery, sea salt, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts


CHOCOLATE

Emotional: Lack of romantic fulfilment or feelings of loneliness

Physical: Magnesium Foods to choose: Raw cacao, nuts, seeds, leafy greens

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