A: Great question! Many people struggle with food craving like you have expressed. The three common ones would be for salt, sugar and carbs. Usually eating more protein and fats in our diet will help correct this imbalance.
However, it's not always easy to recognize when we are hungry compared to having a food craving. Sometimes our body is actually thirsty and we confuse this for hunger too.
Below is a helpful food chart that provides some solutions to alternative food choices when craving hit:
Most of the time there is an emotional connection to the foods we crave. Remember back in the day being a kid and the times you got ice cream as a treat from your parents? Or that first time you had coffee and felt your day was more successful? Yes, food is powerful. It sends chemicals to your brain and has a rewards system already built in. No wonder we want certain foods on a regular basis.
Here are some common emotional themes I notice in clients:
- Baked sweets/chocolate/ice cream (joy/love)
- Caffeine (needing more rest/meditation)
- Spicy (action/adventure)
- Crunchy/Salty (attention/repressed anger)
- Carbs/Starch (comfort/companionship)