We all get those moments of “weakness” when we succumb to our food craving and ruin our diet plan or healthy eating streak. However, recently a group of medical doctors and scientists came to an astounding conclusion that the best diet is when we listen to our body’s cravings.
Our body knows best what it lacks and needs to function properly. And on the other hand, what you think you crave is a representation of a certain chemical your consciousness associates with a food that you have eaten in the past. “You crave what you eat, so if you switch what you’re eating, you can weaken your old cravings and strengthen new ones,” says Marcia Pelchat, PhD, of the Monell Center.
So from the body’s perspective, you don’t crave for example, chocolate per se, but the magnesium that comes with the chocolate. You can satisfy both your body, your health and your diet plan to achieve your desired goals without having to turn your back on either of them.
Another important thing we have to mention is that your body communicates to you through chemicals. Certain cravings may represent emotional needs. Marion Woodman, an author and Freudian analyst who’s well known for her writings on addiction and eating disorders says: “The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or sweetness.” Sometimes a craving goes deeper than eating and the lack of a certain chemical is a message that your body is trying to tell you. However, most of the time is just a call for refill:
– Lectures, Cheryl M. Deroin, NMD, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Spring 2003 (healthy food recommendations);
– Benard Jenson, PhD, The Chemistry of Man B. Jensen Publisher, 1983 (deficiencies linked to specific cravings and some food recommendations);