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6 Real Reasons Why We Have Cravings

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Dehydration can mask itself as hunger. When cravings hit, drink water to see if you feel satiated. Cravings can indicate a lack of key nutrients, hormonal fluctuations, or a desire to fill emotional voids. Happy childhood memories with comfort foods influence our cravings for it later in life. Seasonal changes make you crave for warm foods in winter and cold foods in summer.

There is an expression I learned during my studies on nutrition that says – “You crave that which you cannot have“. Yes, so very true! Once I get a bite of my beloved potatoes, my body starts craving them. So not good! I knew I was in trouble with this one, so I applied my soothing blend essential oil before heading out on Easter to hopefully keep the pain under control.

Thankfully too, there was not very much to bring home, thus, killing my access to my favorite potato salad. If it is not in the house, you can not eat it, right?

6 Reasons Why You Have Cravings

Cravings are a funny thing. There can be so many reasons why we have them. Maybe our body is in need of certain vitamins or minerals, maybe our body is in need of warmth or cooling, maybe we are stressed or tired.

When the cravings hit, we need to take a step back and look at what is going on in our lives. Is there something in particular that could be causing your body to be off? Here are 6 possible reasons for cravings:

1. Dehydration

By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger, so when the cravings hit, grab a glass of water and wait a little bit to see if that satisfied your craving.

2. Stressed Lifestyle

Sometimes when we are unhappy in an area of our life, say maybe a relationship that is unfulfilling, being bored or stressed, can lead to cravings. We use food as a substitute to what is making us unhappy.

3. Seasonal Changes

Eating seasonally is actually a good idea and many of us do not follow this. When it is warm outside, you could be craving cooling foods like salads or fruit. When it is cold outside, we crave warming foods like soups and stews. This is a way our body keeps balance with the seasons.

4. Nutrient Deficiencies

Oh, this is a good one! We consume so many packaged, processed, and fast foods that our body could be craving nutrients to fill that void. Eating a lot of junk food will leave us without adequate vitamins and minerals that our body needs. When this happens, we are constantly hungry and our body will remain this way until we consume healthy foods to fill the nutritional gap.

5. Hormonal Imbalance

This one is more so for the gals. When that time of month hits, our fluctuating hormones may cause cravings, like chocolate, my favorite!

6. Comfort Foods

Sometimes when we eat a certain food, we tend to crave more of it. Or maybe it is a food that you grew up eating and is comforting when you are upset. It reminds you of those wonderful carefree, childhood days. When this happens, try a healthier version of that food which will satisfy that craving while keeping you on track with healthier eating habits.

Hopefully, these tips will help you figure out your cravings when they hit. Take a look at everything in your life to see if you can figure out what is going on and why you are having a particular craving.

Katrina Anotado
Star Expert

Hi, I'm Katrina. I believe that the foods we eat and the products we use have a major impact on our health. I attended school at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I studied with some of the world's top health and wellness experts including Dr. David Katz, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Geneen Roth. While at school, I was introduced to the amazing benefits of essential oils. Now, sharing essential oils along with other lifestyle changes is what I love to do! The end result is to do your best and not strive for perfection.

Katrina Anotado
Star Expert

Hi, I'm Katrina. I believe that the foods we eat and the products we use have a major impact on our health. I attended school at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I studied with some of the world's top health and wellness experts including Dr. David Katz, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Geneen Roth. While at school, I was introduced to the amazing benefits of essential oils. Now, sharing essential oils along with other lifestyle changes is what I love to do! The end result is to do your best and not strive for perfection.