The Hidden Source of Cravings

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Are your cravings making you gain weight?  Do your cravings make you feel guilty?  Are your cravings driving you crazy?

You are not alone!  There are millions of people who cannot control their cravings and cannot figure out why they have them.  The confusing part of the “craving” equation is that there are many causes of cravings, and they differ for everyone.  In order to get to the bottom of yours; you must be willing to do some detective work.

So what do you need to know?  Here are some questions to ask yourself when you are having a craving:

-Am I thirsty?  Lack of water or dehydration can cause cravings.

-Am I hormonal?  Am I experiencing menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, fluctuating testosterone or estrogen levels?

-Am I self-sabotaging?  Sometimes when things are going great in our lives, we literally self-sabotage ourselves for a number of reasons.  Low blood sugar can make us go into self-sabotage mode.  Also, the feeling we don’t deserve something can create the same effect.

-Am I craving a seasonal food?  We often crave hot, warm and “grounding” foods like potatoes in the winter time and sweet, light foods like sorbet in the summertime.

-Am I lacking nutrients?  When your body is starving for nutrients; it produces an unusual effect in our body.  This may make us crave salty foods, processed foods, caffeine or alcohol.

I know this will get you started on deconstructing your cravings.   Stay tuned for more of my blogs about the hidden sources of cravings!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

 

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The Super-Powers of Superfoods

Goji Berries and Maca

Ever want to have a superpower like Spiderman, Catwoman or Superman?  I do!  Well, this is as close as you can get.  These foods all support your immune system and promote longevity among other health benefits.  Here are a few of my favorite Superfoods on earth–I recommend you give them a try!

1. Goji Berries– Goji berries are one of the most nutrient dense
foods on earth, containing 18 kinds of amino acids and up to 21 trace minerals.
They can be found growing on vines in desert regions from America to Asia. Loaded
with antioxidants and phytochemicals; they are believed to be one of the richest
sources of Vitamin C on the planet. Goji berries are known to curb appetite,
fight inflammation and improve sleep. They are prized for their anti-aging,
mood boosting and immune building effects on the body.

2. Maca– Grown high in the mountains of Peru, maca is a
root plant noted for its energy and stamina increasing properties. Aiding the
nervous and digestion system, it is composed of 55 different phytochemicals and
20 different fatty acids. Maca regulates hormones, reduces stress and has an
anti-depressant effect. This amazing plant also enhances one’s memory and
learning ability.

3. Chia Seeds–  Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B complex, calcium, potassium and fiber.  They regulate blood sugar levels and help you stay hydrated.  They taste great in smoothies, sandwiches, salads and dressings.

To your health!

Sincerely,

Autumn