Do you find yourself reaching for the cookie jar in the afternoon? Food cravings — like a hankering for pastries and bread — are one way our bodies communicate with us. Don’t blame your will power. A craving for bread, cookies, and muffins can be a clue that your body isn’t getting what it needs and you might have a vitamin deficiency. Here’s what it could be telling you:
You Need Nitrogen
Nitrogen is a critical component of amino acids. These acids create the proteins needed to build our body’s structure: muscle, hair, nails, and bone. If you crave cookies, try reaching for protein-rich foods that contain nitrogen, like legumes, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. When you begin to use food as medicine, your body will respond.
You Could Use Some Chromium
Chromium is a mineral that helps regulate blood sugar, and if you’re craving a sweet cinnamon bun or muffin, your body may be missing or running low on this mineral. Sweet potato, apples, onions, and tomatoes are all good sources of chromium.
Send Me Some Phosphorus
After calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in your body, and most of it is found in your bones and teeth. Pinto beans, lentils, and pumpkin seeds are good sources of phosphorus, so try a handful of pumpkin seeds instead of that brownie!
I Want Sugar!
Probably the simplest explanation for a carrot cake craving is that your blood sugar is low. Try a slice of watermelon or some pineapple chunks for a dose of healthy sugars.
Fast Metabolism Diet-Approved Pancakes and Muffins
Finally, some sugar cravings are more than just a sign of vitamin deficiency or a mineral imbalance. Some cravings may simply be born from habit. We are a bread-and-cookie-loving country, and those habits die hard. But, remember that stress and guilt are no good for your metabolism either.
Using food as medicine is an amazing, natural remedy to many vitamin deficiencies, and is one of the benefits of The Fast Metabolism Diet.
If you’re really missing sweet things, I’ve developed my Fast Metabolism Baking Mix, approved for Phases 1 and 3, or for anyone looking to satisfy a cookie craving in a healthier way. Made from whole grains and nut flours, you can make everything from pizza dough to muffins with this versatile and great-tasting mix. Take a peek at some recipes using my Fast Metabolism Baking Mix.