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  • Writer's pictureStacey Murtagh

Understanding Cravings

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

The body is incredible. Your heart never misses a beat and your lungs never miss a breath. The body is a super computer that doesn't make mistakes.

Cravings can be deemed negatively, but they are simply messages guiding us to find balance in the body. When you start to feel any craving, try to deconstruct it. Ask yourself, what does your body want and why? This can be tough if you're not used to checking in with yourself, don't worry just keep asking yourself and you will get the answers.

If you experience cravings at times these are some reasons that may play a part in why:

Lack of Primary Food

Being dissatisfied with a relationship or having a unbalanced exercise routine (too much, too little, or the wrong kind), being bored, stressed, uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice can all cause emotional eating. Eating can be used as a substitute for entertainment or to fill the void of primary food. This is a huge area, but ultimately other factors happening in your life can impact our nutrition.


Lack of water can send the message that you’re thirsty and on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration can manifest as hunger, so the first thing to do when you get a craving is drink a full glass of water. Excess water can also cause cravings, so be sure that your water intake is well balanced.

Lack of Nutrients

If the body has inadequate nutrients, it’ll produce odd cravings. For example, inadequate mineral levels trigger salt cravings, and overall inadequate nutrition leads to cravings for temporary sources of energy, like caffeine.


When women experience menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause, fluctuating testosterone and estrogen levels may cause unique cravings such as sweets or chocolate.


When things are going extremely well in your life, sometimes self-sabotage happens. We crave foods that throw us off, thus creating more cravings to balance ourselves. This often happens from low blood sugar and may result in strong mood swings.

There are many factors that contribute to experiencing cravings, but ultimately the best thing to do is check in with yourself and deconstruct the craving to find out why you're having it and what you need to restore balance. Typically a food craving will last 3 mins, therefore you have time for the craving to pass.

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