DIET CHART - Food cravings
Who hasn't battled food cravings? We all crave different foods: salty foods or crunchy, crisp foods; alcohol and of course, sweets. But why do we crave foods? Some scientific explanations:
Modern medicine believes that food cravings develop as a result of nutrient deficiencies created due to an unhealthy diet; excesses, such as too much of one kind of food (sandwiches); and too many nutritionally deficient foods such as fizzy drinks, maida, sooji, corn-flour, etc.
Coupled with this are the stressors typically found in metros. The corresponding increase in adrenaline leads to a mineral and electrolyte imbalance which creates food cravings.
Ayurveda and Chinese medicine have made some interesting observations about personalities and food likes and dislikes. According to these ancient texts, emotions can be directly linked to the kind of food craving you might develop. For example, anxiety, stress, an overworked feeling and an inability to find time for yourself creates a craving for sweets. Fear creates the craving for salt, and restlessness, a craving for sour foods.
Food cravings are not similar for all people. There are descriptions of what kind of craving is likely to affect types of people. For example, earthy, practical, affectionate people are most likely to have sweet cravings; dynamic, slightly aggressive people are most likely to crave salt; temperamental, creative people enjoy a sweet and sour taste.
A sweets craving is the most interesting because there is so much information on it and it is one of the most common forms of craving which plays havoc with a dieter's schedule.
A fascinating fact about sweet craving is that people who love alcohol usually say they dislike sweets, but in fact, alcohol has a post digestive "sweet like" effect on the body. As we all know, alcohol and sugar are both carbohydrate derivatives. Research on former alcoholics reveals that people who gave up alcohol actually have a hidden desire for sweets and caffeine. People who love alcohol and people who love sweets both respond to stress by giving in to their craving, which reportedly induces calm.
The best solution for cravings is to switch to healthier versions of the same, such as banana bread or apple cake with cinnamon. Get used to enjoying a milder, sweet taste like fruit yoghurt, and more important, get on to some de-stressing techniques.
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