The 8 primary causes of cravings

Cravings – WHY

Dehydration – The body doesn’t send the message that you are thirsty until you are on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration occurs as mild hunger, so the first thing to do when you get a strange craving is to drink a full glass of water.

Lifestyle- Being dissatisfied with a relationship, having an inappropriate exercise routine (too much, too little or the wrong type), being bored, stressed, uninspired by a job or lacking a spiritual practice can all contribute to emotional eating. Eating can be used as a substitute for entertainment or to fill the void.

Seasonal – Often the body craves foods that balance out the elements of the season. In the spring, people crave detoxifying foods like leafy greens or citrus foods. In the summer, people crave cooling foods like fruit, raw foods and ice cream, and in the fall people crave grounding foods like squash onions and nuts. In winter many crave hot and heat producing foods like meat, oil and fat. Other cravings, such as turkey, eggnog or sweets, can also be associated with the holiday season.

Lack of Nutrients – If the body is getting an inadequate amount of nutrients, it will produce odd cravings, and overall inadequate nutrition produces cravings for non-nutritional forms of energy like caffeine.

SOURCE: INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION, Feed Your Hunger for Health & Happiness, Joshua Rosenthal

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