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BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
We all know that moment. You're sitting at your desk, working away and you're suddenly hit with an intense craving, whether its for something sweet, salty or fried. Instead of heading for the vending machine or closest corner store you do the healthy, grown up thing and pull out a stick of gum. For some of us chewing gum might work, but for others despite our best intentions the taste, smell and need for junk food remains in our minds.
Your body is smarter than you think when it comes to what it needs. These cravings are actually your body signalling that you are lacking in some areas when it comes to nutrients, calories or vitamins. These cravings can actually control your emotions, your behaviours and can lead to over eating and weight gain.
If you are craving sweet things this could be a signal that you are dehydrated. Before you reach for that last slice of cake try to sip some water. If you find that you are missing something emotionally the urge to consume sugar could be a coping mechanism. Incorporate fresh fruits and veggies to reduce these sweet cravings.
Craving salt signals that you may be missing the trace minerals found naturally in salt. Incorporate more pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax and dark chocolates into your diet. Studies show that women who eat low- calcium diets will crave more salty foods. One reason for this could be that sodium temporarily increases the calcium levels in your blood which tricks your body into thinking that the problem has been fixed.
Chocolate actually stimulates the release of serotonin in your body. It's actually an antidepressant that helps you seek happiness when you’re in the need of a quick lift.
Below is a list of the things that you crave, what you're missing and healthy options that you should eat.
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