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What our bodies may really want when we have cravings for "junk"  RSS feed

 
Suzy Bean
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www.dailytransformations.com/food-cravings-here-is-what-your-body-really-wants
This page has a nice chart of what cravings are related to the need for different nutrients. It also shows what foods we can eat to get those nutrients and satisfy ourselves. Kinda cool.
 
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I did a copy and paste of some of that list, printed it and put it on my fridge.

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Super information, thank you! 
 
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fascinating. thanks for the info.
 
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Here is another one: www.freeformfitness.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/cravings1.jpg
 
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If you examine the chemical composition of sugar and cocaine you will find they are exactly alike with the exception of one molecule of nitrogen.
 
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Nice link
 
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But... Chocolate's not bad for you... And neither is bread/toast...
The key, as with everything, is moderation. Interesting to see what you're actually craving, though.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-29/a-little-chocolate-goes-a-long-way-in-keeping-healthy-heart.html
 
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MacNova wrote:
If you examine the chemical composition of sugar and cocaine you will find they are exactly alike with the exception of one molecule of nitrogen.

Funny Ain't it..

I always tell my friends eating excessive sugar is poisoning to our systems..

And alcohol in quantity, for sure.
 
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TheLight wrote:
But... Chocolate's not bad for you... And neither is bread/toast...
The key, as with everything, is moderation. Interesting to see what you're actually craving, though.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-29/a-little-chocolate-goes-a-long-way-in-keeping-healthy-heart.html


Cacao is the most antioxident rich thing on earth (4 times as much antioxidents as green tea). Lemme stress, we're talking unadultered dark chocolate here, not milk chocolate. Raw cacao is a great source of iron, giving you an uplifting feeling or 'high' often times..Also:

- Serotonin - Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain and therefore acts as an anti-depressant, promoting an overall sense of well-being.

-Endorphins - These are our natural pain and stress chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphins, which can help to produce a pleasurable feeling.

- Phenylethylamine (PEAs) - PEAs are a natural chemical compound that are also created within the brain and released when we are in love. It acts as a mild mood elevator and an anti-depressant, and it helps increase focus and alertness.

- Anandamide - Anandamide is known as the "bliss chemical" because it is released by the brain when we are feeling happy. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines that are believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. This promotes relaxation for a longer period of time.

The Aztecs knew of the virtues of cacao and called it 'heart blood'.. Enjoy...



 
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