Updated: Oct 10, 2019
I’m a week into my Moon Cycle detox at the moment, and I have noticed some SERIOUS cravings coming about. Why, oh why, must we always want what we cannot have?
Everything your body does actually has a purpose, a well-intentioned meaning behind every harsh symptom it throws your way. In the case of pain– your body is screaming out to let you know that something is wrong, and you must do something to stop it. In the case of cravings, the meaning might be a little more hidden.
So what are some of our common cravings?
Bread. Starches actually make your body release a de-stressing hormone, which is why a lot of bready items are known as ‘comfort foods’.
Sugar. When we go for too long between meals, or sometimes after we have just completed a meal, our body goes through a blood sugar roller coaster. Dips and spikes make us crave a ‘quick fix’ to balance us out in the form of a candy bar or cookie.
Salt. Similarly to sugar and blood glucose levels, salt actually has a tight grip on our blood pressure. Changes in this throughout the day can make us crave a salty snack for that same quick fix.
Chocolate. Chemicals in chocolate actually tell your brain to release endorphins. This makes us feel happy, relaxed, and even simulates the feeling of being in loooovee.
Now that we have de-coded what our bodies are yelling at us when we are craving that fluffy chocolate chip cookie after dinner, it’s important that we learn the best way to respond. Blood sugar and pressure can also be balanced by staying hydrated and having lots of small snacks (with protein) throughout the day. We can destress and feel happy for longer than it takes to finish that bar of chocolate by going on a walk in the sunshine, chatting with a friend, or finding a puppy to pet.
So what is it that you crave?? What is your body telling you?
*** As a reminder, this blog is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor. It does not constitute medical advice or services. Your FIRST & FOREMOST task should be to talk one on one with your doctor for concrete medical advice. It is important to have a trained and licensed medical professional walking through your health journey with you, ESPECIALLY when it comes to your hormonal and reproductive health. As an Integrative Holistic Health Coach my focus is simply educating on and supporting healthy habits and lifestyle changes so you can put your best foot forward into your health journey.