When I first stated my metabolic balanceⓇ I had cravings. Sometimes it was feelings of hunger. Sometimes I wanted to eat more often than allowed. But sometimes it was the incredible urge to eat something that was not on my plan. Something that I missed, like chocolate, sweets, or salt.
I learned from my coach that hunger is not really being hungry. It is just a sensation triggered by a hormone (called ghrelin) that is released when our stomach lining shrinks. Maybe it’s a natural signal to keep us alive, “Hey, it’s time to eat.” But I know and trust that I am getting enough nutrition on my plan; so it is not that I am literally starving. Shrinking my stomach was, after all, one of my goals. “Drink more water,” my coach would say. The rational is to stop the hormone by stretching the stomach lining. Good in theory, I thought, not satisfaction.
Cravings can happen if the bowel cleanse in Phase 1 was not thorough. Residues in the gut can trigger hunger. It can also be that the body is used to an old snacking schedule and by habit the body is looking for that savory something I used to reach for. It can also be tied to emotions, stress, anger, and even feelings of happiness. (Let’s celebrate with a hot fudge sundae – the giant size!)
But, there can be other reason for cravings. Important ones…. Arizona-Based Naturopath Colleen Huber says cravings are my body trying to tell me it needs more of certain nutrients. Here are some examples:
- Chocolate cravings can indicate a lack of magnesium. Some food that contain magnesium are raw nuts and seeds, legumes, and fruits.
- Craving salty foods can indicate a need for chloride. Some foods are goat milk, fish, and unrefined sea salt. How much salt? Dr. Wolf recommended 5 grams of sea salt daily.
- Cravings for soda & carbonated drinks can indicate a need for calcium. Some good things to eat that have calcium are mustard & turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, and cheese. Fortunately, the metabolic balance plan allows 10 grams of carbonated mineral water daily (unflavored of course). Drinking some mineral water every day, still or carbonated provides needed minerals. More on bubbles.
When I get cravings, I look at Dr. Huber’s list and make plans to eat the foods the coincide with my metabolic balance meal plan. I look here if I am uncertain what nutrients the foods that I have on my list contain. Although I am not perfect, I am beginning to get the handle of mindful eating as well as a handle on my cravings. Eventually, as my body has become more balanced, my cravings have diminished. Proof that the fundamentals of metabolic balance hold true, “…every person with a well balanced metabolism is able to choose the food items which contain exactly the building blocks they need with the help of their inner signals.”
I am Myra and I am a a metabolic balance coach and a homeopath. If you like this post you may want to visit my other blog.
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