• Malisa Vincenti

Why Cravings are Good

Updated: Oct 15, 2021

Craving a doughnut? Or maybe a bagel with extra cream cheese? Maybe its a craving for something salty like a some chips and a giant bowl of queso? Maybe your jam is Mac and cheese, fried chicken and Oreos. These are all crave worthy foods. No matter how super conscious you are about your nutrition, you'll still experience cravings. We look at cravings as bad thing, something that we struggle against on a weekly or even on a daily basis. But what if we change our perspective about how we think about cravings. What if cravings are actually good.

Cravings are a Signal

Ever notice when you're really tired or stressed you crave carby comfort food. If you're feeling sad, you may want chocolate ice cream. Maybe you're craving the cereal you loved as a child. If you look a little deeper, maybe what you're really craving is the comfort of a parent.

Cravings can be a sign that something in your life is out of balance. You just started a new diet and all of a sudden, you crave french fries day and night. The deprivation felt from sticking to a new diet, brings up the cravings for things that in your mind that you shouldn't have.

Cravings are a sign to step back and take a look at other areas of your life that may seem out of balance. This takes a bit of self awareness, but you may notice patterns in your cravings. For example, if you get off track nutritionally every time your sleep schedule gets disrupted, then you'll know that your sleep is out of balance. I know that when I get migraines, the only thing that I want to eat is bread. Nothing else, just bread. And since I'm gluten sensitive, eating bread too much will mess with my gut and cause other problems. But I know that my body is seeking the comfort of the carbs in the bread. The carbohydrates can increase serotonin levels.

When you notice cravings, don't just try to use your will power to resist them. It may just be that you need a little comfort. Take the time to really examine why you are feeling this way. Find ways to get back on track. Maybe take a walk, take some time to breathe, work out, have a big glass of water and see how you feel. If you still crave the thing, maybe have it, but do so without judgement and without guilt. Savor it, enjoy it and then get back on track with your healthy habits. You're not a robot. You are unique and your cravings are complex. The more self awareness you have, the more intuitive about your eating you'll become, and the better you'll be able to manage and understand cravings.



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