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Archive for March 3rd, 2012

A Substitute May Supply What You Need In Place of What You Want

Posted by terrepruitt on March 3, 2012

Not too long ago on Facebook a friend of mine posted a list I found to be very interesting.  It was a list of food people crave (from Naturopathy Works).  The list was an explanation and a counter to the craving..  If you crave this . . . . your body needs that.  I thought it was awesome.  I love the idea.  The food craving or behaviors listed are generally “unhealthy”, the list then shows the thing that is needed; sometimes a vitamin, a mineral, or something along those lines.  Then to be ultimately helpful there is a list of suggestions as to what to eat or do, in order to help with the craving or behavior.  Isn’t that marvelous.  Isn’t it interesting?  I thought so.

If you crave Chocolate, your body needs magnesium so you could substitute a healthy alternative of raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits.  Oh honestly, as I typed this I heard the collective future groan of the chocolate lovers that read this.  I know there are people who believe there is no substitute for chocolate.  And sometimes, there isn’t.  If your heart, head, and mouth are dead set on chocolate, there usually isn’t anything that will suffice, but if you are actually willing to forego it and try something else to satisfy your craving there is a healthy alternative. 

For some of the food cravings there is a list of things you might really need, coffee or tea for instance.  If you are craving coffee or tea the list states you really need phosphorous, sulfur, NaCl (salt), iron.  I would suggest that you then think about your diet and what you have eaten and decide what you might really need.  For me I can honestly say I doubt I EVER need salt.  I think I get quite enough of it in my diet.  So I wouldn’t need to try the substitutions for salt which are: Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad).  I might want to try the chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes for the phosphorous, or the meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries for the iron.  But I don’t think I would need the garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables for the sulfur, but maybe the egg yolks, red peppers, and muscle protein.  If you read my blog you know I get a ton of garlic and onion (my only flavorings!) and cruciferous veggies.  But I am not big on protein, so I am sure that is where I would get the help if I were to look for a substitute.

As I said this list has food cravings and behaviors, as in “General Over Eating” and for that the items needed are silicon with a substitution of nuts and seeds, but a behavior or elimination of avoiding refined starches.  Other things this list states a body might need if it is over eating is tryptophan so try cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach, vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables for tyrosine.

I found this interesting and helpful.  I haven’t had much time to put it to use, but I plan too.  A healthy alternative is often a great way to go.  But then there are times I feel it is ok to give into the craving, but the key is moderation.  Do you find this interesting?  Would you give it a try?  Let us know if any of this helps satisfy a craving.  🙂

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