Daybreak: Cravings 101 Daybreak: Cravings 101March 27, 2016 in Media, TravelShare ThisFacebookPinterestTwitterPrintemailAlthough it may not seem like it, cravings can actually a good thing! It’s our body’s way of communicating that we’re low on some nutrient and it’s time to feed it. Now, if we’re not in-tune with our bodies and make unconscious food choices, we can easily grab something that does not fulfill the body’s needs and can be a catalyst to going down a vicious cycle of constant cravings. Check out Channel 2’s CW Daybreak morning show and the recipes with descriptions below to help you take control of those cravings for good! Craving Chocolate Chocolate is full of compounds that release dopamine so it’s easy to crave it but something else that it’s full of is magnesium. Your body may very well be low on magnesium. Try these other options before reaching for that candy bar. Magnesium Powder – I love Calm’s Magnesium Powder because I can easily add it to my hot tea or water bottle and drink throughout the day. When our electrolytes are in balance then our nervous system functions correctly and everything begins working in a much more efficient way, creating less chance for your body to “need” more nutrients. Brownie Bites – If the magnesium powder isn’t cutting it, make your own nutritious chocolate dessert! I love these brownie bites because they’re SOOOO tasty and they calm chocolate cravings instantly. I used raw cacao powder to ensure I’m getting all the delicious nutrients my body may be craving. This is not to be confused with Cocoa powder that has been heated to such extreme temperatures that it’s killed off most the the good-for-you nutrients (hello magnesium!) that we’re going for here. I make these ahead of time (just takes 15-20 minutes) and pull them out of the fridge or freezer whenever I want one! Craving Fatty Foods You could be low in calcium. you could be low in calcium. Milk is not the best option because it’s highly acidic so your body has to actually leach calcium from your bones in order to re-balance your PH levels. SO, reach for natural sources of calcium like dark leafy greens (which is where cows get their calcium in the first place), and creamy tahini (which is blended sesame seeds) also providing fatty-acids that your body may need. I love snacking on hummus which includes tahini as one of the main ingredients. For a delicious calcium-rich snack try out my Roasted Red Pepper Hummus! Emotional Cravings What you’re craving may have nothing to do with food! For example, If you’re looking for joy in life many times we’ll turn to food to fill that void. If you can relate to this, try making a list of things that bring you joy that have nothing to do with food. It could be catching up with friends, taking a bath, getting lost in a book. Write a list down and refer to it when you suspect you’re cravings have nothing to do with food. Pick one of those activities and do that first, before reaching for the bag of potato chips. For more details on this Click HERE for Healthy Julie’s Exclusive Quick-Guide to Understanding Your Cravings!