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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Food Cravings as our Teacher
It happened to me again this past week. I was scrounging desperately to find an instruction booklet for an appliance I needed to use. I hadn’t used it recently and was envisioning a major mishap if used incorrectly. Then, to my delight, I spied some fascinating food information on an outdated calendar tucked in with the appliance booklets. You know the feeling, when you just come across an amazing hidden treasure on the way to trying to find something completely unrelated. The information treasure I unearthed related to what food cravings tell you about what your body needs.
SUGAR-craving [e.g. candy bars]
Body NEEDS: Chromium & tryptophan rich foods
Rationale: these help prevent insulin-resistance and
pre-diabetes FOODS: broccoli, grapes, whole grains or turkey
SALT-craving [Salt is sodium chloride, an electrolyte; crave chips to get it]
Body NEEDS: Chloride-rich foods
Rationale: these foods replenish the body’s electrolytes without
adding salt to your diet
FOODS: tomatoes, rye, celery or kelp
CARBOHTYDRATE-craving [white bread, white rice, white flour products]
Body NEEDS: Energy
Rationale: the body needs fuel
FOODS : Salad, brussels sprouts, garbanzo beans or whole grains
I’m poised to explore. If you already have tried some of them, let me know what you found out.
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