What is Your Body REALLY Trying to Tell You?
Does anyone else with a day job miss staying home & watching daytime TV shows like Maury? My
favorite episodes were the ones with headlines like “Tina is terrified of cotton balls” or “Jack can’t stand
to even LOOK at pictures of pickles” – cut to some unlucky intern who agreed to cover themselves in
cotton balls or pickles descending the stairs & lumbering towards the poor phobic guest as they lost
their minds in terror….
But how about the episodes featuring guests with bizarre eating habits? Like the woman who would sit
on her couch & munch on the foam padding inside of it like popcorn? Or the woman who can’t stop
eating cat treats? These extreme cases of food cravings for inedible objects are known as “Pica”, but the
fact is that most people experience food cravings on a regular basis (albeit, more mundane ones). Like a
ticking time bomb, an ill-timed craving can bust even the most resolved dieter, but have you ever
considered that your body may be using these specific urges to tell you something?
There are many theories floating around about food cravings and why we experience them, but one
particularly interesting idea is that the desire for specific types of food may actually be a symptom of
vitamin or mineral deficiencies within our bodies body. “What?” you ask “You mean my body’s not just
conspiring to ensure I don’t fit into that itty bitty teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikini by Summer?” Not
necessarily. Think of all of the functions in our body that happen without any conscious thought; from
breathing to heartrate, heck, even though being pregnant is an intense 9 months, a woman’s body is
smart enough to figure the entire thing out and grow a whole new person inside of her without any
conscious effort from her whatsoever. So going by this theory, here are a few of the most common food
cravings & what your body may be trying to tell you…
Chocolate – A natural mood elevator & anxiety-relieving treat, a lot of people reach for chocolate as a
comfort food. What you may not know is that daydreaming at your desk about the dark or milky
decadence may be a sign that your tanks are running low on magnesium. Some foods that might help
feed this need without the excess sugar coma include, but are not limited to pumpkin seeds (I love them
in yogurt) & other raw nuts, wheat bran, artichoke, & legumes.
If it’s the fizzy stuff you’re fantasizing about, you might be lacking in the calcium department. Craving
carbonated drinks (soda, cola, pop, coke, or whatever they call it in your ho