What Causes Food Cravings?
At Tula Wellness & Aesthetics, we take an integrative approach to health and wellness. Now that winter’s over, the temperatures are rising quickly here in Arizona. We tend to shed more clothes during hotter seasons, which creates a higher awareness of our bodies. Soon, we will be entering the time of year in which people embark on beach vacations, which also heightens our body awareness. Would you like to look and feel healthier by losing weight? Tula Wellness offers health and wellness coaching and medically supervised weight loss to guide people on their weight loss journey. The health benefits of eating a balanced diet are vast, and our health coaches will help you create a diet plan with easy to prepare recipes. We have all felt cravings for certain foods at different times, and today we are taking a deeper look into the health reasons behind certain food cravings.
Craving sweets of any kind could be a sign that you are experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. When you indulge in your sweet tooth, you are only worsening the problem by creating a blood sugar rollercoaster effect in your body. If you are craving sweets, try eating a piece of fruit instead of a cookie. Eating a diet rich in high-fiber foods such as legumes, beans, and whole grains could help to stabilize your blood sugar.
If you are a woman, you have most likely craved chocolate at some point in your life. Craving chocolate could be a sign that you are magnesium-deficient. In fact, some nutritionists estimate that 80 percent of the population is magnesium deficient. Foods containing high amounts of magnesium include nuts, seeds, fish, and leafy greens.
If you crave salty foods such as potato chips or french fries, then your adrenal glands may be overworked. One of the main reasons that adrenal glands are overworked is because of stress. Try to manage your stress with breathing techniques, meditation, yoga stretches, and exercise.
If you crave cheese or pizza, then you might be suffering from a fatty acid deficiency. It’s quite common for people to not receive enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diets. Foods such as salmon, raw walnuts, and flax seeds are all high in omega-3 acids. You could also take an omega-3 supplement to receive an adequate amount of fatty acids in your diet.
When you crave a steak or other piece of red meat, then you could be experiencing an iron deficiency. In particular, menstruating women often experience iron deficiencies. Foods high in iron include beans and legumes, figs, and unsulphured prunes.
Hopefully, you have gained better insight into the real reasons behind your food cravings. Our health coaching at Tula Wellness includes access to a monthly newsletter with health tips and recipes. Our health coaches will hold you accountable for your decisions and cheer you on when you make progress in your journey. We want for you to feel as healthy as possible, and we help provide you with the tools you will need in order to positively impact your health. Contact our integrated healthcare center in Tucson for an appointment today.