Eat like a Cosmopolitan Hippy: What your cravings REALLY mean
It’s 3pm, you’re sitting at your desk, and it hits. A craving for food so big, it could slay an elephant.
Most of the time when we crave a certain food, it’s because our body needs something. Problem is, the signals get mixed up and we end up reaching for something that isn’t actually what we need.
A lot of the time we are just dehydrated.
My top tips to combat cravings:
Before you reach for the food, have a nice big glass of water, wait 10 minutes and then re-assess if you really need something to eat.
If you still need to munch on something, give one of these alternatives a go.
|What you’re craving||What you really need||Eat this instead|
|Chocolate||Magnesium||Raw nuts, chia pudding|
|Sweet things||Chromium, Carbon, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Tryptophan||Turkey with a salad with dried unsweetened cranberries, mashed sweet potatoes|
|Starchy carbs (pasta, bread)||Nitrogen||Dark leafy greens topped with nuts, seeds and lots of oil|
|Salty foods||Rest (your adrenals are running on high), B vitamins||Omelette with spinach and mushrooms, salad with hummus, good sea salt.|
|Fatty foods and/or cheese||Essential fatty acids||Oily fish like salmon or sardines, fried in coconut oil served with a salad with lots of olive oil, avocado and almonds|
|Coffee and/or Tea||Sodium chloride (salt) and Iron||Omelette with capsicum, spinach and onions with a side salad dressed with apple cider vinegar and some black cherries|
|Red meat||Iron||Dark leafy greens – like kale or silver-beet topped with almonds and pumpkin seeds, small mount of lamb or kangaroo, or mussels|
An excerpt from Leandra’s latest book, Eat like a Cosmopolitan Hippy, out January 2015, RRP $49.95, available at www.cosmohippy.com.au and at The Chiropractic Place 3/55 Cavenagh Street Darwin, 8981 1778