Managing Craving

03 November 2016

 

I was thinking about you today, the time between Halloween and the upcoming Holidays, and wondering what you’re craving.

 

Do you associate “cravings” with pregnant women (like ice cream and pickles)?  Cravings come in all shapes and sizes and feelings, though what exactly is a craving?  A craving is a way that our body tries to communicate to us something it’s lacking or something that it needs.

 

For instance, if you’re craving something sweet, your body may be deficient in chromium, phosphorus, sulphur, and/or tryptophan.  Instead of reaching for a sweet treat, try eating broccoli, cabbage, beans, kale, cranberries, grapes, or pastured chicken or grass-fed beef.  These foods are a healthier option and will make you feel much better in the long-run (rather than the temporary sugar “high” and inevitable sugar “crash” soon afterwards).

 

Do you crave chocolate?  Your body may need some magnesium, so try eating spinach, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils, and/or avocado instead.

 

Here’s my favorite Kale chip recipe I make when I’m craving something a little salty and crunchy and healthier than a potato chip:

 

Kale Chips

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch organic kale
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1-2 TBSP avocado oil or melted coconut oil

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300oF
  2. While oven is heating, remove stem and tough “veins” from kale (save for making broth or smoothies/juicing or put in the compost)
  3. Tear or cut kale leaves into bite-sized pieces
  4. Put kale in a bowl and sprinkle in sea salt (I use ½-1 tsp usually, depending on batch size)
  5. Pour avocado oil or melted oil over kale and mix to coat the leaves
  6. Place kale in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  7. Bake for 15-20 mins or until desired crispiness (not burnt)

 

Interested in more substitutions to satisfy your cravings? Checkout this awesome chart!

 

GET EVEN HEALTHIER!

Do you have an insatiable craving for a certain type of food or drink?  Let’s talk! Schedule an initial complimentary consultation with me today to explore the meaning behind your cravings: —or pass this offer on to someone you care about!  I’d love to connect with you here for a free health coaching session!