Five food cravings you can beat
23rd November 2014
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Food cravings can sometimes overwhelm you especially at this time of year when we’re surrounded by temptation.  Armed with the right tools you can beat them…

Firstly, try to understand why you’re hungry:

  • Habit – you always have that latte and muffin on the way to work or a biscuit with your mid-morning cuppa so your body expects food at that time.
  • Emotion – you were once comforted by something such as chocolate or wine and you will look to repeat that feeling the next time you need to be comforted.
  • Message – you’re lacking in a specific mineral or vitamin and your brain will send a message that you need to eat something that contains that mineral or vitamin.

If you have a very specific food craving take a look at the list below to see what your body could actually be asking for.   Introduce the alternative food into your diet to increase your intake of the missing mineral or vitamin and in time, the cravings will fade.


What your body really wants

Alternative food


Healthy fat

Handful of unsalted nuts, avocado

Pasta / white bread


Onions, grapes, tomatoes, sweet potato, cinnamon

Bread/ toast


Green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts



Celery, olives, kelp



Greens, fruit

So, next time you get a strong craving for a particular food think about why you’re getting that craving.  Could it be a habit, an emotional link or is your body actually asking for something that it’s missing?

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Julie Dennis

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Hello there, my name's Julie Dennis and I'm a fitness coach specialising in weight loss and body transformation results.

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