Decoding your food cravings: Is your body sending you signals?

Decoding your food cravings: Is your body sending you signals?

Decoding your food cravings: Is your body sending you signals?

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by Abbie Boudreau

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 16 at 2:35 PM

(ABC News) - Could your cravings be clues that something is eating at you?

Let's start with the common caffeine craving. A lot of people crave caffeine, so what does it say about them? It might say they need some satisfaction.

Maybe something is going on in their life that they that's going to be the pick-me-up, and there’s nothing wrong with it in moderation.

Craving caffeine is a need for energy, and a lull means you're dehydrated.

Instead of coffee or sodas all day long, water is a better option. You might need some water to quench your thirst, and that might be a good trade-off.

What about if you crave ice? It could mean you're bored, dehydrated or thirsty, just consumed a hot beverage and want to cool your mouth off.


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There have been some case reports of people craving ice when they have iron deficiency anemia.
Are you quick to order mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese? It might mean you're lacking serotonin, a feel-good hormone. Sometimes a treadmill could fix that.

Experts say turn to healthy comfort foods, like whole wheat pasta and yams or even try getting a massage. Cravings for fatty food might be your brain telling you don't go cold turkey. It's better to have a little bit of good healthy fats which could prevent you from wanting the unhealthy fats.

Food for thought in moderation.

 

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