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What do your cravings actually mean?

November 13, 2015

I’ve read an article about this recently, and I have no idea if it’s accurate or not, but they reckon that when you’re craving chocolate, you’re not actually craving chocolate. And when you’re craving junk food, your body is really asking for something else that it’s lacking.

I’m sure that there is scientific research behind this, so it must be true, right? Haha. Anyway, this is what they reckon.



When you’re craving chocolate, your body is actually needing some magnesium. I don’t know about you, but I crave chocolate very often! The thought of replacing it with something else seems very sad to me, haha. But maybe I’ll give it a go to see if it reduces the cravings.

What you should eat instead: Nuts, seeds, fish and leafy greens.

Salty foods

Cravings for foods like popcorn or chips apparently indicates stress. Hmm. Not sure how much I believe in that one. I quite often crave chips, not so much popcorn. But I can’t say I’ve noticed being stressed at the same time. I suppose you can be stressed without realising though.

What you should eat instead: Leafy greens. And try some meditation.


If you’re craving sweets, this might be an indication that your blood sugar has dropped. I’m not going to lie, I quite often feel in the need of a nice muffin or cupcake. I would have thought this would be similar to chocolate cravings, but apparently they’re different.

What you should eat instead: Fruit, beans and legumes and whole grains.


A longing for cheese is said to indicate a fatty acid deficiency. Oh man, cheese. I love cheese. I guess I’m lacking fatty acids. Who knew! There is nothing like a piece of brie cheese every now and again, and some mozzarella with a side of Gouda.. haha.

What you should eat instead: Raw walnuts, wild salmon and flaxseeds.

Red meats

I can’t say I often ‘crave’ meat, but I do really enjoy a medium rare steak every now and again. This is a sign of iron deficiency. I actually used to have an iron deficiency when I was younger, and it’s still low, but apparently acceptable according to my doctor.

What you should eat instead: Beans, legumes, prunes, figs or other dried fruit. You can also eat foods rich in Vitamin C which boosts the iron intake, such as citrus, tomatoes, red peppers or berries.

Well, there you go. Looks like I need to make some changes to what I eat. To be honest, the thought of replacing some of my favourite foods with beans and legumes really doesn’t excite me! Haha. But I can kind of see how the above would be true. Perhaps I’ll give it a go sometime to see if it works!

What is something you often crave?


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  • Amanda Bella

    LOL! Maybe I am super stressed?! Salty snacks alllllllday everydayyyy!

    November 13, 2015 at 9:29 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Haha I hear you! Maybe I am stressed.. that’s probably what my grey hairs are trying to tell me too! 😀

      November 13, 2015 at 11:20 am Reply
  • Maree

    Salt and chocolate … always! But it has actually been a very stressful few weeks!

    November 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Well, now you know what you can replace those foods with! Haha. 🙂

      November 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm Reply
  • StephJ

    Interesting post! I’d like to invite you to take part in this 3 Day Quote Challenge.

    Happy Friday!

    November 14, 2015 at 8:43 am Reply
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