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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Conquer Your Cravings

Did you know that taking a nap can curb your cravings? Your body produces more serotonin when you sleep more, and as it rises, your cravings drop. That's contrary to what I used to believe that sleeping more makes you fat.

Here's more good news... if your favorite food like chocolate, burger, pizza and other foods keep on calling you, don't worry. According to experts, cravings are not a sign of weakness, they are triggered by correctable deficiencies.

Your lust for chocolate could mean you lack magnesium. An ounce of chocolate contains 50 mg of magnesium and your craving is, sort of, your brain's way of telling you that you need magnesium. Aside from grabbing a bar, you can also munch on nuts or a cup of spinach daily. Nuts and spinach can help curb your cravings and correct the short fall without the guilt.

Women are more likely to lack iron because of monthly periods. Craving for meat is one of the symptoms when you lack iron. You can easily correct this by eating 3 matchbox sizes of red meat every day or you can take iron supplement if you're avoiding meat.

When you crave for pizza and other cheesy food, it's because your brain tells you, you lack essential fatty acids. Replenish these essential fatty acids [EFA] by adding fish to your diet.

You are likely to lack chromium when you lust for sweets and desserts. A decrease in this mineral boosts our sweet tooth. Chromium takes care of glucose control and our love for processed foods destroys the mineral. To replace lost chromium include whole wheat, romaine lettuce and onion in your daily diet.

Now that we know the reasons why we crave for these foods, we can easily curb the cravings by eating the healthy replacements.

8 comments :

WebbieStuffs said...

actually, when i feel sleepy, i prefer sleeping over eating. At times however, i like to do both. so bad! ^_^

WeblogLearner said...

when i wake up, i feel very dry in the throat, in short, i feel thirsty...and also hungry...

Toni said...

Hmmm so I should take a nap everyday to lose weight? I like this, I like this! :)

Nice post, thanks for the info.

Julie said...

That is certainly some helpful advice! Too, being sure to take vitamins daily helps as well.

Max said...

Hey Liza,

I didn't know that serotonin was produced while we slept; which is good to know! Serotonin keeps our humour up, but there are some people who are rather cranky when they wake up LOL *nodding*!

One extremely useful info was the lack of chromium generating cravings for sweets and desserts; cause my dad must have this problem, even though we use a lot of onions in our cuisine, and eat lettuce all the time...perhaps we should add whole wheat to his diet!

Liza, another great tip! Thanks, darling :D!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend, dear! And I wish you a great new week :D!

Cheers

sheilasultani said...

I take a nap every day and this is one of the reasons.

siella said...

wow this is really informative, i wonder if i lack all essential minerals, kinda love eating almost everything edible LOL good thing sleeping is my greatest hobby

Ria said...

mommy liza!musta na? don't forget your tag here:
http://www.riablahgs.com/2008/07/tag-time-tag-of-four.html

hugs!

 
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