Nutritionist Decodes New Yorker’s Food Cravings
With everything that is going on in the world, many of us have turned to stress eating to help us forget. Food cravings can be a real pain, especially when you're trying to stick to a healthy diet. But what if your body is trying to tell you something more than just a hankering for some junk food?
New York nutritionist Keri Glassman says there might be more to our cravings than we think. Here's what our body could be saying when you crave certain foods.
Salty or Greasy Food
That bag of chips calling your name might just mean you're a bit dehydrated. "Salt holds water in," says Glassman. Your body may be trying to hang onto those fluids, so that means eat less chips and drink more water!
Candy or Chocolate
Don't beat yourself up over wanting something sweet it could mean you need more protein. For a quick fix you can stop those cravings in their tracks with a cup of yogurt instead.
Bread or Pasta
When your stomach is growling for carbs, it could be a sign you're not eating enough. Starchy foods like bread give your body a fast energy boost. Make sure you're eating at least 1,200 calories each day to keep that hunger away.
Remember that cravings can pop up because of life's stress and emotions, so don't feel too bad about giving in once in a while. So the next time you're jonesing for chips, sweets or cake, try paying attention to what your body really needs. You might find a more nutritious way to indulge and not feel so guilty afterwards.