We have inner needs that are not being addressed due to busy lives, over stimulation, lack of self-development knowledge, and so many daily responsibilities, problems, conflicts, and tasks coming at us. When we look at food cravings from the holistic perspective, we can find answers that can help us get more in touch and aware of what is going on within. When we check in on the inside of our body, emotions, mind and spirit, we can get great information on what our inner needs are truly craving and then stop the reaction of overeating. Food cravings are not the problem, but rather a doorbell inviting you to open up to new information. Next time you have a GREASY food craving, stop and take a deeper look for what you really may desire.
If you find yourself ordering a burger and fries way too often, you could be feeling empty inside – and we are not talking about your belly. A person who is craving greasy foods could be in a space of lacking self-certainty and needs something to fulfill them. The solution is to connect with your spiritual self and find something that brings personal fulfillment.
Filling up on the inside is a very unique experience, but if you look back to your childhood you will find answers. What did you do for fun as a child: draw, climb trees, sports? No, I’m not saying climb a tree now, (you can if you’d like) but look back and see what you loved about climbing the tree, was it being up high and hearing the wind blow—voila—there is your answer! Find a safe place high up, where you can “be” and hear the wind blow. Just begin to look a little deeper into what is truly missing and then give that to yourself. If you need help finding these deeper answers, contact Sophie at LSS Harmony for a free thirty minute phone session! firstname.lastname@example.org
When you become aware of what is happening on the inside, like feeling empty, you can tell what you are truly "craving" and then do something about it that will actually address the problem.
SWEET CRAVINGSSweet cravings, like the desire for chocolate 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.
SALTY CRAVINGSSalty 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.
CRUNCHY CRAVINGSCrunchy cravings like having a biscotti or overeating on nuts can hint to an inner frustration & irritation. Crunchy foods help you act out your temporary emotional and mental release of frustration. The act of chewing and cracking the food in your mouth can momentarily release the feeling of frustration, but the problem is that the second that the crunching stops—the frustration returns, which is why people go back to eat more and more. Instead, crunchy cravings can be information that you are looking for self-fulfillment, approval, and pleasure. Self-fulfillment could be anything that individually fills you up, I have heard people say painting a picture, doing their nails, or walking on the beach is fulfilling. The goal is to find what fulfills you and then practice that instead of running to food.
CREAMY CRAVINGSCreamy cravings like ice cream, puddings, custards, or even mashed potatoes have something in common besides milk. Creamy foods are comforting because it returns us to our primal action of sucking and that makes us feel comforted and soothed. Craving these foods could possibly point to an inner discomfort with uncomfortable feelings & worrisome thoughts, which is the inner disruption going on inside (discomfort and/or worry) but not the need. The need is to comfort and sooth those thoughts and feelings by finding what soothes you. Some examples might be to take a bath, give yourself a foot massage, or wear comfortable soft cozy clothing.
Liquid cravings, like coffee and soda, are filled with caffeine and sugar, or even artificially sweetened, and could actually be a signal that you may feel discouraged, tired, or dissatisfied with your job. This points to the inner lack we may feel that these beverages are drowning, but what we need is to find inspiration, take time to truly rest, hydrate with plenty of water, and rejuvenate yourself by connecting to your purpose.