BEST FOODS for your WORST CRAVINGS (part 2!)

In Part 1 of the Cravings series, we explored the first set of Best Foods for Your Worst Cravings, and discussed the number of origins craving can have, focusing espcially on the way cravings can be the result of chronic nutritional deficiencies in the body.

Here's our second look at another set of frequently reported cravings and the best foods to stave off any nutritionally based origin. 

 

YOU'RE CRAVING:  FATTY, HEAVY, GREASY FRIED FOOD

Regular consumption of clean versions (no extra chemicals, fillers, sweeteners, etc) of the following nutrient-dense foods will reduce nutritionally based cravings for fatty, heavy + greasy fried foods

CALCIUM
from collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, beet greens, bok choy, swiss chard, kale, cinnamon, sesame seeds, sardines, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, summer squash, parsley, fennel, asparagus, celery, cumin, basil, garlic, oregano, leeks, cloves, black pepper

UNREFINED FATS + EFAs
from avocados, coconut products, olive oil, olives, whole eggs, ghee, poultry skin, beef fat, fish (esp salmon, sardines, shrimp + cod), flaxseeds, chia seeds, naturally cured/smoked bacon, raw nuts + seeds, lard, hummus/tahini

SODIUM (CHLORIDE)
from unrefined sea salt, wild-caught canned fish + shellfish, bone broth, naturally cured/smoked bacon, homemade soups/stocks, naturally cured/smoked meats, beef, eggs, artichokes, celery, seaweed, beets, carrots, spinach, swiss chard, asparagus, red cabbage, coconut, okra, lentils, pickles, salsa

PROTEIN
from wild-caught fish + shellfish (tuna, halibut, salmon, clams, shrimp, scallops, sardines), chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, spinach, asparagus, beet greens, mustard greens, swiss chard, bok choy, lentils, dried peas, beans

 

YOU'RE CRAVING:  CHARRED or BURNED FOOD

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Regular consumption of clean versions (no extra chemicals, fillers, sweeteners, etc) of the following nutrient-dense foods will reduce nutritionally based cravings for charred or burned foods:

MAGNESIUM
from spinach, swiss chard, beet greens, pumpkin seeds, summer squash, turnip greens, sesame seeds, black beans, quinoa, cashews, sunflower seeds, navy beans

SODIUM (CHLORIDE)
from unrefined sea salt, wild-caught canned fish + shellfish, bone broth, naturally cured/smoked bacon, homemade soups/stocks, naturally cured/smoked meats, beef, eggs, artichokes, celery, seaweed, beets, carrots, spinach, swiss chard, asparagus, red cabbage, coconut, okra, lentils, pickles, salsa

PROTEIN
from wild-caught fish + shellfish (tuna, halibut, salmon, clams, shrimp, scallops, sardines), chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, spinach, asparagus, beet greens, mustard greens, swiss chard, bok choy, lentils, dried peas, beans

SULFUR
from eggs, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, chicken, wild-caught canned tuna, naturally cured/smoked bacon, beef, pork, peanuts, chickpeas, almonds, pinto beans, lentils, rice, onions, peas, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, broccoli, garlic, horseradish

FRESH PLANT FIBER
from raspberries, collard greens, turnip greens, beet greens, cinnamon, apples, oranges, grapefruit, beets, onions, zucchini, radish, squashes, peas, flax, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils, apple, pear, Swiss chard, cabbage, spinach, cranberries, asparagus, carrots, celery, leaf lettuces, broccoli, sweet potatoes, rhubarb, brussel sprouts, avocado

NOTE: The "connect + protect" parts of plants (esp hulls, husks, skins, peels connective pieces) are especially rich sources of fiber, which is why eating the whole, raw food is preferred.

 

YOU'RE CRAVING:  PMS COMFORT FOODS

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Regular consumption of clean versions (no extra chemicals, fillers, sweeteners, etc) of the following nutrient-dense foods will reduce nutritionally based cravings for PMS comfort foods:

NOTE: avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol and excess salt which can increase symptoms of PMS

MAGNESIUM
from spinach, swiss chard, beet greens, pumpkin seeds, summer squash, turnip greens, sesame seeds, black beans, quinoa, cashews, sunflower seeds, navy beans

For PMS cravings (and cramps!) also consider supplementing with a topical form of magnesium (oil, lotion, or epsom salt bath) 

ZINC
from beef, spinach, asparagus, shiitake + crimini mushrooms, lamb, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, turkey, garbanzo beans, lentils, cashews, oysters, scallops, shrimp

PLANT FIBER
from raspberries, collard greens, turnip greens, beet greens, cinnamon, apples, oranges, grapefruit, beets, onions, zucchini, radish, squashes, peas, flax, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils, apple, pear, Swiss chard, cabbage, spinach, cranberries, asparagus, carrots, celery, leaf lettuces, broccoli, sweet potatoes, rhubarb, brussel sprouts, avocado

NOTE: The "connect + protect" parts of plants (esp hulls, husks, skins, peels connective pieces) are especially rich sources of fiber, which is why eating the whole, raw food is preferred.

HYDRATION
from fresh fruits + veggies, plain water

PROTEIN
from wild-caught fish + shellfish (tuna, halibut, salmon, clams, shrimp, scallops, sardines), chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, spinach, asparagus, beet greens, mustard greens, swiss chard, bok choy, lentils, dried peas, beans

UNREFINED FATS + EFAs
from avocados, coconut products, olive oil, olives, whole eggs, ghee, poultry skin, beef fat, fish (esp salmon, sardines, shrimp + cod), flaxseeds, chia seeds, naturally cured/smoked bacon, raw nuts + seeds, lard, hummus/tahini

 

YOU'RE CRAVING:  COOL DRINKS OR FOODS

Regular consumption of clean versions (no extra chemicals, fillers, sweeteners, etc) of the following nutrient-dense foods will reduce nutritionally based cravings for cool drinks or foods:

MANGANESE
from cloves, garbanzo beans, spinach, pineapple, collar greens, cinnamon, raspberries, black pepper, beet greens, Swiss chard, strawberries, kale, turnip greens, summer squash, turmeric, sea vegetables, garlic, basil, bok choy, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds

PLANT FIBER
from raspberries, collard greens, turnip greens, beet greens, cinnamon, apples, oranges, grapefruit, beets, onions, zucchini, radish, squashes, peas, flax, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils, apple, pear, Swiss chard, cabbage, spinach, cranberries, asparagus, carrots, celery, leaf lettuces, broccoli, sweet potatoes, rhubarb, brussel sprouts, avocado

NOTE: The "connect + protect" parts of plants (esp hulls, husks, skins, peels connective pieces) are especially rich sources of fiber, which is why eating the whole, raw food is preferred.

HYDRATION
from fresh fruits + veggies, plain water

 

YOU'RE CRAVING:  EXCESS FOOD + SNACKS

Regular consumption of clean versions (no extra chemicals, fillers, sweeteners, etc) of the following nutrient-dense foods will reduce nutritionally based cravings for an excess volume of food:

NOTE: Foods obtained at restaurants, fast food drive-thrus, and those that come as pre-packaged meals, snacks, candy, etc, are highly likely to increase cravings and intake of excess food. Such foods are loaded with excess sugar, sweetener, carbs, cheap + toxic fats, non-food fillers, and a variety of artificial, chemical additives that trigger cravings for more. Staying away from these foods is imperative to those who find they have problems with food volume.

SODIUM (CHLORIDE)
from unrefined sea salt, wild-caught canned fish + shellfish, bone broth, naturally cured/smoked bacon, homemade soups/stocks, naturally cured/smoked meats, beef, eggs, artichokes, celery, seaweed, beets, carrots, spinach, swiss chard, asparagus, red cabbage, coconut, okra, lentils, pickles, salsa

PROTEIN
from wild-caught fish + shellfish (tuna, halibut, salmon, clams, shrimp, scallops, sardines), chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, spinach, asparagus, beet greens, mustard greens, swiss chard, bok choy, lentils, dried peas, beans

UNREFINED FATS + EFAs
from avocados, coconut products, olive oil, olives, whole eggs, ghee, poultry skin, beef fat, fish (esp salmon, sardines, shrimp + cod), flaxseeds, chia seeds, naturally cured/smoked bacon, raw nuts + seeds, lard, hummus/tahini

SILICON
from green beans, bananas, spinach, nuts, winter squash, sweet potatoes, fish + seafood, liver, organ meats, red lentils, mineral water

TRYPTOPHAN
from lamb, shrimp, halibut, tuna, chicken, turkey, beef, spinach, liver

TYROSINE
from red meats, fish, chicken, turkey, beans, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, bananas, avocados and sesame seeds

PLANT FIBER
from raspberries, collard greens, turnip greens, beet greens, cinnamon, apples, oranges, grapefruit, beets, onions, zucchini, radish, squashes, peas, flax, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils, apple, pear, Swiss chard, cabbage, spinach, cranberries, asparagus, carrots, celery, leaf lettuces, broccoli, sweet potatoes, rhubarb, brussel sprouts, avocado

NOTE: The "connect + protect" parts of plants (esp hulls, husks, skins, peels connective pieces) are especially rich sources of fiber, which is why eating the whole, raw food is preferred.

HYDRATION
from fresh fruits + veggies, plain water

 

 

YOU'RE CRAVING:  TOAST, BREAD or BAKERY ITEMS

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Regular consumption of clean versions (no extra chemicals, fillers, sweeteners, etc) of the following nutrient-dense foods will reduce nutritionally based cravings for toast or breads:

PROTEIN
from wild-caught fish + shellfish (tuna, halibut, salmon, clams, shrimp, scallops, sardines), chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, spinach, asparagus, beet greens, mustard greens, swiss chard, bok choy, lentils, dried peas, beans

 

YOU'RE CRAVING:  ALCOHOL

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Regular consumption of clean versions (no extra chemicals, fillers, sweeteners, etc) of the following nutrient-dense foods will reduce nutritionally based cravings for alcohol

NITROGEN (PURINES)
beef, pork, chicken, turkey, goose, duck, organ meats, beans, cauliflower, spinach, peas, asparagus, eggs, nuts, seeds, mussels, sardines, anchovies, scallops

PROTEIN
from wild-caught fish + shellfish (tuna, halibut, salmon, clams, shrimp, scallops, sardines), chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, spinach, asparagus, beet greens, mustard greens, swiss chard, bok choy, lentils, dried peas, beans

CALCIUM
from collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, beet greens, bok choy, swiss chard, kale, cinnamon, sesame seeds, sardines, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, summer squash, parsley, fennel, asparagus, celery, cumin, basil, garlic, oregano, leeks, cloves, black pepper

HYDRATION
from fresh fruits + veggies, plain water

POTASSIUM
from beet greens, swiss chard, spinach, bok choy, beets, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cantaloupe, tomatoes, asparagus, cabbage, carrots, fennel, summer squash, crimini mushrooms, kale, turnip greens, celery, romaine lettuce, bell peppers, lima beans, sweet potato, potatoes, lentils, avocado, (apple cider) vinegar

MAGNESIUM
from spinach, swiss chard, beet greens, pumpkin seeds, summer squash, turnip greens, sesame seeds, black beans, quinoa, cashews, sunflower seeds, navy beans.

 

Alcohol abuse is known to create a shortage of folate, thiamin, zinc + phosphate
It may be useful to supplement with these nutrients, as well as amino acids, particularly L-Glutamine, to help with replenish the system and ease withdrawal symptoms.