Nan Kathryn Fuchs, Ph.D., author of The Health Detective’s 456 Most Powerful Healing Secrets, helps you understand your cravings….
If you’re craving: Gummy Bears
You may need: Protein
Why?: “Having a hankering for sugary carbs is a signal that your body wants energy,” says Fuchs. For a longer-lasting boost, try to get at least 15 grams of protein at ever meal from fish, beans, or lean meat.
If you’re craving: Chocolate
You may need: Magnesium
Why?: Chocolate is high in heart-healthy magnesium. “Levels dip during a woman’s period,” says Fuchs. Aim for at least 300 milligrams of the mineral a day, about the amount in a cup of black beans and a cup of cooked spinach.
If you’re craving: French Fries
You may need: Good Fat
Why? Jonesing for greasy foods? Your likely coming up short on healthy fatty acids. Incorporate them into meals by drizzling a tablespoon of olive oil over your salad or veggies, or eat several servings of fish a week.
If you’re craving: Salty Pretzels
You may need: B Vitamins
Why? When our adrenal gland, which produces stress hormones, goes into overdrive, so does your desire for salt. To avoid too much sodium, snack on bananas or whole-grain crackers, which contain stress-relieving B vitamins.