Crunching Away Our Stress!

So many health experts like to focus on sugar cravings.  I even have an ebook-let on how to prevent sugar binges (see here).  However, what about the person who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth?  What about the busy, stressed out woman who craves pretzels and salty potato chips?

For me, I tend to crave sweet foods AND salty foods… yet, when am super stressed or hormonal… what do I turn to?  SALT!!  The more salt the better. 🙂  I think I was born loving pretzels.  In the past, it was not uncommon for me to eat up all those little salt crystals at the bottom of the pretzel bag.

Just as there are many different personalities, there are different types of cravings as well.

Why do some people crave salty foods?

Here are some possible reasons:

  • You have been conditioned from birth.  Simple as that.  You know the saying “you are what you eat?”  Well, there is also some truth to the saying “you are what your mother ate during pregnancy.”  If she ate lots of salty foods chances are, you have a high tendency to crave those kinds of foods as well.
  • You are lacking in minerals.  A major salt craving could mean your body is lacking minerals such as magnesium, potassium and zinc.  If that is  the case, try adding more leafy greens to your diet such as spinach and kale.
  • It could be more than just the salt.  Most salty foods are also crunchy foods.  When we crave crunchy foods it could stem from anger and stress.  Crunching on foods is our subconscious way to let out our anger.
What should you do the next time you are tempted to eat a whole bag of chips?  
1. Drink water
2. Ask yourself if you are really hungry or just eating out of stress
3.  If you really need to eat something salty, then at least put the food on a plate.  Being mindful of our portions may keep us from over eating.
Do you crave salt? Let me know your experiences here in the comments below!

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