Categories: Diets, Nutrition

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:
Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Sweets Chromium Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
. Carbon Fresh fruits
. Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains
. Sulfur Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage
. Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toast Nitrogen High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, fatty foods Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or tea Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
. Sulfur Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
. HCl (salt) Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
. Iron Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol, recreational drugs Protein Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
. Avenin Oatmeal
. Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
. Glutamine Glutamic acid, raw cabbage juice
. Potassium Sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing ice Iron Meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Burned food Carbon Fresh fruits
Soda and other carbonated drinks Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foods Chloride Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foods Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Preference for liquids rather than solids Water Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Preference for solids rather than liquids Water You 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 drinks Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Premenstrual cravings Zinc Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
General overeating Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
. Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
. Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Lack of appetite Vitamin B1 Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
. Vitamin B3 Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes
. Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
. Chloride Raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
Tobacco Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
. Tyrosine Vitamin 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)
Author: Life Enthusiast