After eating clean for several days to weeks, cravings will creep up. With sweet temptations whispering in your ear, it’s hard to resist. Giving in for an ice cream sundae can lead to trouble—you’ll want more each day. While there are tips on how to fight these food cravings such as eating more protein in a meal, your body may be hungry for certain nutrients. For example, when you’re craving chocolate your body needs magnesium. So with all that said, find out what your cravings mean.
For When You're Craving...
Chocolate…you need magnesium. Eat raw nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits.
Sweets…you need chromium. Eat broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans and chicken.
…you need phosphorus. Eat chicken, beef, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes and grains.
…you need sulfur. Eat cranberries, kale and cabbage.
…tryptophan. Eat cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potatoes and spinach.
Carbohydrates…you need nitrogen. Eat protein-rich foods: fish, meat, nuts and beans.
Fatty foods…you need calcium. Eat mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese and sesame.
Caffeine…you need phosphorus. Eat chicken, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts and legumes.
…you need sulfur. Eat egg yolks, red peppers, garlic, onion and cruciferous vegetables.
…you need salt. Eat sea salt or apple cider vinegar.
…you need iron. Eat meat, fish, chicken, green and black cherries.
Alcohol…you need protein. Eat meat, fish, chicken, dairy and nuts.
…you need avenin (gluten-like protein). Eat granola and oatmeal.
…you need calcium. Eat mustard and turnip greens, kale, legumes, cheese and sesame.
…you need potassium. Eat sun-dried black olives, seaweed and bitter greens.
Burned food…you need carbon. Eat fresh fruits.
Soda…you need calcium. Eat mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese and sesame.
Salty foods…you need choloride, Eat fish and unrefined salt products.
Acidic foods…you need magnesium. Eat raw nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits.
Preference for liquids instead of solids…you need water. Drink flavored water with lemon.
Cool drinks…you need manganese. Eat walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapples and blueberries.
PMS cravings…you need zinc. Eat red meat, fish, leafy vegetables and root vegetables.
Tobacco…you need silicon. Eat nuts, seeds and refined starches.