Monday, September 10, 2012

Your SALTY Food Cravings

Loving a certain food is not necessarily a craving.  A food craving is an intense, urgent or abnormal desire for a specific food to “satisfy” something.  That something, however, rarely has anything to do with food. Today we are going to look at what might be going on within you if when you crave SALTY foods.  

Salty cravings like chips or pretzels may be a sign that you feel tension and anxiety.  When you're in an anxious--negative emotional, mental and spiritual state you are probably going to experience a disconnection from feeling good.  It is not necessarily a physiological “lack of salt” but rather a craving for salty foods to subdue the tense and anxious feelings.  While the salty snack may seem satisfying at the moment, you’ll never truly be satisfied because the basic need may be to truly relax & feel satisfaction.  

Relaxation is different from rest.  Being relaxed has to do with being awake while being in a calm state like taking a bath, or getting a massage, laying in a hammock, while rest can be synonymous with sleep.  

Remember, there is a difference between what your inner problem is and then what you truly need.   Do you feel satisfied in your life?  What are some of the things that make you feel true relaxation and satisfaction?  Next, make a list of 20 things that make you feel whatever your true need is, but that you cannot BLT (bite/buy, lick or taste).  The goal is to begin practicing those new things when the craving surfaces.

When you take the time to figure out what it is you are truly longing for (which is probably not food) and begin to give yourself what you really need, and you will begin to notice that your food cravings dissolve.

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Sweet cravings, like the desire forchocolate or donuts could be an indication that you are feeling insecure or tired.  Yes, the sugar can make you temporarily feel good, but the crash that follows shows it’s not a satisfying fix.  In this instance you may truly need to be nurtured and get true rest.  An example of feeling nurtured could be: cuddling up with a blanket, turning on some soft music and reading a book.  Or a rejuvenating solution to achieve true rest could be meditating or taking a nap.  The the goal is to begin practicing those new things when the craving surfaces instead of just impulsively acting on the craving. 

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