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What Your Cravings Are Really Trying To Tell You

Cravings are your body’s way of telling your body what it’s not getting enough of… Meaning that chocolate craving, is in fact a need for something else a bit healthier for your body… I know, shocking right? (And slightly disappointing) Decode your cravings below and feed your body what it truly wants:


Are you mad for chocolate?  This may be due to a magnesium deficiency and your body perhaps being low in antioxidants.  Nutritionists call magnesium the great ‘calmer’ as it helps relax muscles, boost the immune system, keeps blood sugar steady, and may add to our serotonin levels – all reasons why we might crave this just before our periods.  Go for the dark chocolate that is 75% or higher cocoa. This blend contains less sugar and is often way higher in antioxidants than milk chocolate or white chocolate (which you should steer clear of at all times). Nuts, seeds and pulses along with leafy green vegetables are also rich in magnesium.  If it is a hit of antioxidants you need, then go for your dark, rich-colored vegetables and fruit like beetroot, blueberries, and raspberries.

Sugary Stuff

If you are constantly seeking sugar, there could be a number of nutrients missing from your body.  An adequate amount of whole real foods especially protein and good quality fat in your diet will dampen down your sugar cravings because often the first sign of an out-of-control blood sugar level is hunger.  Chromium, the mineral which helps to control our blood sugar, is found in almost consistently in most unprocessed foods. Wholegrains like rice, quinoa, green beans, broccoli, nuts, and eggs are great sources of chromium. Foods high in sugar are low in chromium and may actually promote a chromium deficiency.


There’s little doubt that caffeine is addictive but a sudden out of the ordinary desire to have espresso could be your body’s way of saying it requires more iron. This is quite common during a menstrual cycle. Iron brings oxygen to our cells and without it we can feel quite tired and seek coffee as a quick pick me up.  Increase your iron stores with red meat and green vegetables.  There are also a wide range of supplements on the market, but these should only be taken after a blood test.

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Sugar Identified as Newest Drug To Be Aware of

This new finding may change the way you look at that sweet piece of candy you thought was innocent all along. Turns out, Weight-loss expert Dr. Sally Norton suggest sugar has a very devious side… It is being compared to cocaine and other addictive drugs and alcohol *currently drying away my tears*. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but if you have a sweet tooth like me, it’s good to be away this addictive substance could be more damaging then we thought…

Studies in mice have clearly shown that sugar is addictive.

By manipulating the diet of the mice to include more or less sugar, or to produce a sugar withdrawal effect, scientists can produce similar behaviour to true drug addiction.

What’s more, in a study by French scientists, rats chose sugar over cocaine – even when they were addicted to cocaine.

Not surprisingly, in humans such studies are a bit more difficult to do.

However, research using brain scans found that drinking sugary milkshakes triggered the same ‘reward centre’. 

And as with any potentially addictive substance, the more we consume, the more our reward receptors get numbed to it – so we look for even more to re-create that ‘high’.

You may have one of the most common modern-day dependencies – sugar addiction.

With overconsumption of sugar now deemed as harmful to our health as alcohol or tobacco – contributing to rising rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardio-vascular problems and some cancers – cutting back on the white stuff could just be one of the best things you do to improve your health and weight this year.

Check out these healthy snacks to help you avoid the devious sugar and reach your resolution goals!


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