Craving chocolate? Did you know you could be deficient in magnesium! What are your cravings telling you?
The body is usually trying to communicate what it needs and cravings are often the signals it sends to tell us something our body is lacking. For example, around the beginning of March, when I am lacking vitamin D, I am constantly looking for flights to a sunny tropical resort. :)
In the past, from my experience with extreme dieting, when I am on a diet that is extremely alkaline or acidic, my body becomes imbalanced and my cravings are out of control. Cravings for certain foods often reflects the body’s acidic/alkaline balance. A craving is usually a signal the body sends to change those one-sided diets with the goal of having a properly balanced diet. Here is a little self-examination you can quickly do to make some improvements in your diet and eliminate some of your common cravings.
What do you crave?
SUGAR (cakes, cookies, pastries, candy, ice cream) - Increase intake of: wholegrains, baked yams, squash, apples, dates and cooked fruit. Decrease intake of: meat, salt and dairy products.
SALT-Increase intake of: seaweed, black beans and vegetables. Decrease intake of: sweets, fats, alcohol, meat and grains.
MILK PRODUCTS- Increase intake of: leafy greens, wholegrains, beans and fish. Decrease intake of: sugar, baked goods, fruit and meats.
COFFEE- Increase intake of: vegetables and salads. Decrease intake of: meat, sugar, flour, grain and salt (all of which are acid forming foods).
ALCOHOL- Increase intake of: complex carbs, vegetables and leafy bitter greens. Decrease intake of: fats, miso, soy sauce, and animal protein.
FATS AND SWEETS- Increase intake of: protein, beans, fish, chicken and eggs. Decrease intake of grains, fruit and salads.
Information taken from “Food and Healing” by Annemarie Colbin
*These suggestions are meant to help improve imbalances not to fix addiction problems.
This past weekend I attended a woman’s wellness workshop at the healing center in St. Albert. There I was taught how to make chocolate bark by a local CHN, Lindsay Carvalho. There are other variations online, but this one worked for me. Here is the recipe:
Raw Chocolate Almond Bark
1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2-1 cup raw nuts or dried berries
Directions: In a double boiler melt the coconut oil. Once melted add coco powder, honey, and vanilla. Mix until combined before adding the almonds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour chocolate onto baking sheet evenly and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving. Break into chunks and store in an air tight container in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
Hope you Enjoy!
See you next week.