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What Your Food Cravings Could Be Telling You About Your Health

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Person in weight balance with donut in one hand and an apple in the other

Do you ever feel like your cravings for chocolate, chips, and fast food are just too strong to resist? You're not alone. Many of us experience intense food cravings from time to time, and we often give in to them without thinking twice. But have you ever considered that your food cravings could be signaling something about your health?

In this blog post, we'll explore some of the common food cravings people experience, and what they might be telling you about your nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, energy levels, and overall health.

1. Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

It's no secret that chocolate is one of the most commonly craved foods. But did you know that a craving for chocolate could be a sign of a magnesium deficiency? Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. It's also found in high amounts in dark chocolate. So if you find yourself reaching for a chocolate bar, try eating a piece of dark chocolate instead. You might just satisfy your craving while getting a much-needed nutrient boost.

2. Salty Snacks


Do you find yourself reaching for chips, pretzels, or other salty snacks? This could be a sign that your body is lacking in essential minerals like sodium, potassium, and chloride. These minerals help regulate your body's fluid balance and can affect your energy levels, mood, and digestion. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, try snacking on a handful of nuts or seeds, which are high in healthy fats, protein, and minerals.

3. Greasy/Fatty Foods

Fried Chicken

We all know that greasy food isn't the healthiest choice, but sometimes we just can't resist the convenience and taste. If you find yourself constantly craving fast food, greasy foods or fatty foods, this could be a sign that your body is lacking in protein, healthy fats, and other essential nutrients. Fast food is often high in unhealthy fats, sugar, and salt, which can leave you feeling sluggish and bloated. Instead of hitting up the drive-thru, try cooking up a healthy meal at home, using fresh vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats.

4. Sugar and Carbs

Cupcakes with frosty

Do you constantly crave sugary foods like cookies, cakes, and candy? Or do you find yourself reaching for carbs like bread, pasta, and rice? These cravings could be a sign of a blood sugar imbalance, caused by consuming too much sugar and refined carbohydrates. When your blood sugar levels are out of balance, it can affect your mood, energy levels, and overall health. Instead of reaching for a sugary snack, try snacking on a piece of fruit or some raw veggies. And if you're looking for a carb fix, try swapping out refined grains for whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, or oats.

Emotional Connection with Food & Food Cravings

Two people eating cupcakes

Another way you can look at your food cravings is through the lense of emotional eating. Our bodies can sometimes crave foods that have a physical feeling or taste that mimics an emotional feeling we are lacking.

For example:

  • If you always crave sweets, are you craving more sweetness in your life?

  • If you constantly crave spicy food, do you maybe need to spice up your life a little? Are you bored or feel stuck?

  • If you crave a lot of comfort foods... do you feel a lot of unease or need some comfort/nurturing?

Make note of the foods that you crave- not only what they are, but what they taste like, the texture, and how they make you feel when you eat them. This can open up some opportunities to explore what you might be craving mentally or emotionally.

We are not just physical beings- we are mental, emotional and spiritual beings so make sure to take your emotional health into account when you are addressing food cravings.

Cravings are a normal part of life, and there's nothing wrong with indulging in your favorite foods from time to time. However, if you find yourself constantly craving certain foods, it's worth considering what your body (or your heart) might be trying to tell you. By paying attention to your cravings and making healthy food choices, you can improve your overall health and wellbeing, and feel your best inside and out. So next time you feel a craving coming on, listen to your body and choose the foods that will nourish and fuel you in the best way possible.

Haley, Certified Integrative Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, smiling and drinking tea

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