What does it mean when I am Craving Chewy food?
Cravings are something that scientists have tried to explain; for example, take a perfectly healthy person who is eating properly, exercising etc. then all of a sudden they start to gorge themselves on junk food. This leads to weight gain and getting out of shape. They ride that roller coaster that many of us have ridden while trying to control our cravings. We find ourselves breaking down by tossing our diets aside. Next, we are jumping into a pile of junk food with mouths wide open! Perhaps there is more hidden behind our cravings than we are aware of. There is a belief that cravings are perfectly natural as well as predictable.
Psychological Reasons for Craving Certain Foods
Some believe that psychological issues can cause us to crave certain types of food. Foods such as sweet, crunchy, chewy or creamy. If we are feeling stressed, bitter or frustrated we tend to crave crunchy foods. When we are feeling anxious, insecure, embarrassed or guilty we seem to crave creamy foods; such as ice-cream or cheese. Creamy foods tend to give us a sense of comfort and relaxation. If we are lacking excitement or intensity in our lives we may find ourselves craving spicy-hot foods. When we are in a state of confusion or are harbouring feelings of jealousy or a feeling of dread that something bad is going to happen we crave chewy foods. If we are fun deprived and are looking for some fun we could crave nuts. Carbohydrates such as bread, rice and pasta usually are craved when we are stressed, frightened or tense. When we are in the need of comfort or reassurance we crave cakes, biscuits and pies. This particular type of craving also reflects a resistance to do something we don't want to do. If we have been disappointed in a relationship or in need of love we seem to crave chocolate.
In alternative medicine such as in Chinese medicine, they connect different cravings to certain organs within the body. They believe that people who are overweight or who struggle with depression almost always have some sort of spleen damage; they also are found to crave sweets. Salty foods are connected to the Kidney system; craving salty foods could mean some type of Kidney damage caused perhaps by stress, overwork or inadequate rest. The Kidneys are associated with water regulation; eating too much salt can affect water metabolism resulting in retaining water or frequent urination. Cravings for sour foods are associated with the liver. Bitter cravings such as dark chocolate, bitter ales, or coffee are connected to the Heart system this craving could mean that this system is depleted in some way.
Cravings are a neural indication letting us know that we are lacking in something such as a certain vitamin or mineral. Maybe the next time you are craving chocolate what your body really needs or wants is some magnesium; so instead of chocolate maybe you should have a food high in magnesium instead such as raw nuts or fruit.
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