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“I Need Chocolate Right Now!” Are You Low on Chocolate or Nutrients?

“I Need Chocolate Right Now!” Are You Low on Chocolate or Nutrients?

Who hasn’t been there?

Desperately wanting a piece of pepperoni pizza? Hankering after a pack of M&M? or Yanking open the fridge just to get a scoop of ice-cream?

Have you ever wondered where do all these sudden cravings come from? They visit you at times that you didn’t expect, can be in the middle of work, during shower time or even after a big meal? Why is that?

I used to think when I suddenly craving for donuts, it simply means my body (or even my life) is low on donuts. But seems it’s not as simple as I thought.

Food craving and Hunger Are Two Different Stories

Food craving and hunger are actually two different things. Hunger is a survival mechanism that your brain has on your stomach. Your brain sends signals through the stomach to tell you that you need energy input to function.

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Food craving is different. According to various researches, food craving is defined as an intense desire to eat a specific foodstuff; is a common occurrence across all cultures and societies.

It also indicates your body is lacking some key nutrients. In searching your food history and experience, your brain will signal you to the food that contains the type of nutrient your body needs.

You may be craving for donuts (like what I do), french fries, burgers or a nice piece of Angus steak, you can name anything! But here, I narrowed down some of the most common food cravings that I am sure most of us have experienced before and what do they actually say about your body.

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So hold your craving for a second and let’s get started!

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If You Are Craving For Chocolate- You are either low on magnetism or having a shitty day.

Chocolate is high in magnetism and if you are craving for it, it can mean you are experiencing a magnetism deficiency. Magnetism is an important nutrient for your hair and skin and low in magnetism can cause dizziness, muscle weakness, and low blood pressure.

Another reason is the flavor of a chocolate trigger the release of serotonin. It’s like a natural anti-depressant in the form of dessert, that your brain seeks out for when it senses your mood is hitting the pan. It can give an instant uplift to the happy chemicals in your brain.

There is no harm to go for a few pieces of chocolate but make sure you don’t overeat. It;s also better if you go for dark chocolate as it contains less sugar and high in antioxidants.

If You Are Carving For Salty Food- You are either dehydrate or low on calcium

We all had times where we want to suck up a big box of Mcdonalds fries or finish the whole pack of pretzels while watching Netflix. A craving for salty food can indicate that you may be dehydrated or more seriously, low in calcium.

Consuming salty food gives our bodies an illusion of “calcium satisfaction”. Once it fades, you start craving for salty food again and digesting salty food consumes more water from your body than usual.

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And the loop goes on.

Instead of going to the drive-thru at 3 am, try to include high calcium food such as dark leafy green, low-fat milk and yogurt in your diet.

If You Are Craving For Sugar- You are experiencing blood sugar fluctuation.

Craving for sugar means your body has a lack of Chromium. It’s a mineral that works together with insulin that regulates your blood sugar level.

If you give this into chocolate and sweets, it will only make it worst.

In order to stop the craving, you should go for low GI food in your meals as they increase your blood sugar level slowly and steadily. But for the meantime, you can snack on fruits instead of processed sugar to cure your cravings.

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If You Are Craving For Red Meat- You are low on Iron

This one is not very surprising. Red meat generally contains high level of iron and a sudden craving for it can indicate you are low in iron. This usually happens around women, either going through their period or pregnant.

This usually happens around women, either going through their period or pregnant, times they need an extra input of iron.

Try to include more red meat into your meals or simply get more leafy greens such as kale and spinach to boost your iron intake.

Instead of Eating What You Crave, You Can Go For Some Healthier Options!

Here is a simple table that tells you what healthier options you can go for when you experience certain cravings!

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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