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Food Cravings

If the food you crave is associated more with pleasure and immediate gratification than it is with pain, it's going to be hard to stop eating it. So now the question has to be: How does that short-term pleasure stack up against the long-term pain and guilt of eating food that keeps you fatter - and less healthy - than you want to be?

Though many people recommend dealing with cravings by having "just a little" of the food you crave, this is not always a great idea. While it may work for some, this sets up a cascade of biochemical processes in sugar-sensitive people that invariably translates to an overwhelming desire for more of the same. For sugar-sensitive people, one simple bite of a chocolate chip cookie is almost impossible. It's like an alcoholic having just one drink. Notice, by the way, that it's nearly impossible to binge on steak or buttered broccoli but relatively easy to binge on sugar or starch.

If you crave this...you are lacking...and these foods can help you balance:
ChocolateMagnesiumRaw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
SweetsChromiumBroccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
.CarbonFresh fruits
.PhosphorusChicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains
.SulfurCranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage
.TryptophanCheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toastNitrogenHigh protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, fatty foodsCalciumMustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or teaPhosphorousChicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
.SulfurEgg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
.HCl (salt)Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
.IronMeat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol, recreational drugsProteinMeat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
.AveninGranola, oatmeal
.CalciumMustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
.GlutamineSupplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice
.PotassiumSun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing iceIronMeat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Burned foodCarbonFresh fruits
Soda and other carbonated drinksCalciumMustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foodsChlorideRaw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foodsMagnesiumRaw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Preference for liquids rather than solidsWaterFlavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Preference for solids rather than liquidsWaterYou have been so dehydrated for so long that you have lost your thirst. Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Cool drinksManganeseWalnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Premenstrual cravingsZincRed meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
General overeatingSiliconNuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
.TryptophanCheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweat potato, spinach
.TyrosineVitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Lack of appetiteVitamin B1Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
.Vitamin B3Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes
.ManganeseWalnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
.ChlorideRaw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
TobaccoSiliconNuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
.TyrosineVitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables
  1. Lectures, Cheryl M. Deroin, NMD, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Spring 2003 (healthy food recommendations)
  2. Bernard Jensen, PhD, The Chemistry of Man B. Jensen Publisher, 1983 (deficiencies linked to specific cravings and some food recommendations)

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