By Lauren Jawno, Elite High Performance Coach
It's no secret that food and nutrients have a very real and direct impact not only on your physical health...but your mental, emotional and spiritual health, too. Yet, while this is virtually common knowledge, too many people every single day struggle to make healthy choices—sabotaging their own nutrition, energy, stamina and overall health resulting in a low quality of life.
There is one completely different angle to approach your food cravings however, and that includes understanding the emotional message attached to the cravings.
What are your cravings telling you?
You may have a nutrition deficiency or sensitivity or allergy and perhaps even a hormonal imbalance...but there is also deeper issue to consider. Molly Sante, NHD, PHD Holistic Therapist / Medical Intuitive and author of Spiritual and Holistic Weight Loss shares some common and correlating emotional messages associated with food cravings.
Common Food CravingS and their emotional connections
- Alcohol / Wine: Desire to escape
- Caffeine: Conform to the desires of others; the need to be perfect
- Carbohydrates / Starches: Depleted; people around your are draining you
- Cheese: Fear and belief you can't have what you wan
- Chocolate: Don't like yourself; resentment and lack of pleasure
- Creamy Foods: Needing an easier way
- Crunchy Foods: Finding parts of life are hard to process; desire clarity
- Fried Foods: Needing to accomplish to receive validation
- Ice Cream: Wanting love and protection; lacking parental love.
- Meat: Disempowered, trapped and inability to take action
- Pastries / Baked Goods: Not finding joy in the existing
- Peanut Butter: Feeling alone or insecure
- Soda: Feeling you're being suppressed or suffocated
- Sour Foods: Seeking cleansing; longing for purification
- Spices: Needing to penetrate the fog of life.
- Sugar: No joy or depend on outside resources for joy.
Now I Know...so, What's Next?
Food cravings are not a sign of weakness. Your body is communicating with you. The “emotional deficiency” has been suppressed or ignored far too long and now it's time to listen. Delay the immediate food craving and go within, first. Silence your mind and tap into your inner truth. Ask yourself what the craving truly represents for you. What are you really feeling or not feeling, what are you avoiding? Ignoring? The feelings from the experience (the pain, the frustration, the loneliness etc. ) will only amplify those feelings and likely trigger binging. So consider this with this new perspective—binging is your higher self’s way of screaming at you to pay attention and address the underlying issue. Feeling are a part of who you are and are meant to be felt...acknowledge them and deal with them. Tough, I know, so get support to work through those issues. Get through it and you'll be so glad you did.
Should i eat what I'm craving or not?
Ask yourself if it's in your highest good to give in to your craving. The answer will vary depending on the situation (and not every food craving is necessarily an issue). Random cravings happens from time to time and they're not comprising your health, just pay attention to it and NOTICE what you are experiencing in that moment.
If your cravings are regular...if you're binge eating...then the results can be detrimental to your health and it’s something you should definitely explore further.
So as with so many things in life, there is no single answer! Become aware of your patterns and cravings and determine it you believe they are compromising your health or not and then act accordingly.
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About The Coach
Lauren Jawno is one of less than 170 elite internationally Certified High Performance Coaches™ in the world.
She's built a thriving practice around living a whole and high performance life – based on relevant, cutting-edge research and information. I love to coach my clients to success, to achieve the life they truly want, through programs which not only match their goals and personalities but also educate and empower them to reach their highest potential, to be high performers.
A highly sought after keynote speaker for hundreds of public and private events across North America and the UK, Lauren is also the author of Change4Good - The Ten Essentials for Food, Fitness and the Good Life.