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8 Causes of Cravings

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The body is amazing. It knows when to go to sleep, wake up, go to the bathroom, maintain 98.6 degrees and tighten the eyes when the light gets bright. It knows the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth. Your heart never misses a beat. Your lungs are always breathing. The body is a super-computer and it never makes mistakes.

Look at the foods, deficits and behaviors in your life that are the underlying causes of your cravings. Many people view cravings as weakness, but really they are important messages meant to assist you in maintaining balance. When you experience a craving, deconstruct it. Ask yourself, what does my body want and why?

The eight primary causes of cravings are:

1. Lack of primary food. Being dissatisfied with a relationship or having an inappropriate exercise routine (too much, too little or the wrong type), being bored, stressed, uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice may all cause emotional eating. Eating can be used as a substitute for entertainment or to fill the void of insufficient primary food.

2. Water. Lack of water can send the message that you are thirsty and on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration can manifest as a mild hunger, so the first thing to do when you get a craving is drink a full glass of water. Excess water can also cause cravings, so be sure that your water intake is well balanced.

3. Yin/yang imbalance. Certain foods have more yin qualities (expansive) while other foods have more yang qualities (contractive). Eating foods that are either extremely yin or extremely yang causes cravings in order to maintain balance. For example, eating a diet too rich in sugar (yin) may cause a craving for meat (yang). Eating too many raw foods (yin) may cause cravings for extremely cooked (dehydrated) foods or vise versa.

4. Inside coming out. Often times, cravings come from foods that we have recently eaten, foods eaten by our ancestors, or foods from our childhood. A clever way to satisfy these cravings is to eat a healthier version of one’s ancestral or childhood foods.

5. Seasons. Often the body craves foods that balance the elements of the season. In the spring, people crave detoxifying foods like leafy greens or citrus foods. In the summer, people crave cooling foods like fruit, raw foods and ice cream, and in the fall people crave grounding foods like squash, onions and nuts. During winter, many crave hot and heat-producing foods like meat, oil and fat. Cravings can also be associated with the holidays, for foods like turkey, eggnog or sweets.

6. Lack of nutrients. If the body has inadequate nutrients, it will produce odd cravings. For example, inadequate mineral levels produce salt cravings, and overall inadequate nutrition produces cravings for non-nutritional forms of energy, like caffeine.

7. Hormones. When women experience menstruation, pregnancy or menopause, fluctuating testosterone and estrogen levels may cause unique cravings.

8. De-evolution. When things are going extremely well, sometimes a self-sabotage syndrome happens. We crave foods that throw us off, thus creating more cravings to balance ourselves. This often happens from low blood-sugar and may result in strong mood swings.

*This article is courtesy of Integrative Nutrition 2010

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Race Wish List!

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Races are my love, they keep me going, they keep me with a goal in sight and something to train for.  So! I’ve started making a race list which I will eventually transfer over to its own page.  Since I definitely won’t be able to do all these races this year (they get kinda pricey when you throw travel into the mix) this list will be for this year and next year and probably the years after as well.  Most of them are the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series, they are fun and easy races to find.  As I find more, I’ll be adding them to my race calendar along with Triathlons once I can figure out the means to get myself a bike!

July 21 – Chicago (Half) Rock ‘n’ Roll (RNR)

September 1 – Virginia Beach RNR (Half)

September 15 – Philadelphia RNR (Half)

October 20 – Denver Colorado RNR (Full)

October 28 – Marine Corps DC (Full)

November 9 – Savannah Georgia RNR (Full)

November 17 –  LasVegas RNR (Half or Full)

January 9 – 12 2014 – Disney’s Dopey Challenge (5k, 10k, Half & Full)

January 18, 2014 – Louisiana Marathon (Half or Full)

February 24, 2014 – Disney Princess Half Marathon

December 14, 2014 – Honolulu Marathon (Full)

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What keeps you going?

How to Cope with the 6 letter word of death!

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Aka “INJURY!”

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It seems like a death sentence for those of us super active people.  It’s awful, it feels like you can’t move on with your life, you might as well just pig out, and become one with the couch and your TV… I mean whats the point right if you can’t run, or bike, or do yoga or whatever it is that is your sport of choice.

I used to have this mentality, and yes, I am still guilty of at first getting into that mental black fog.  However, there are so many other things that you can do to still stay active and not gain weight while on the bench!   I am currently in this exact boat.  I’m a runner and have been battling some type of injury in my hip.   I’ve had this same injury before so instead of feeling sorry for myself  I immediately transitioned over to biking and elliptical as well as still keeping up with my circuit workouts.  I just take out any jumping or pounding that will further aggravate my hip.

Whatever your injury might be there is always something that you can do, it may not feel as active as you’re used to doing, but it is certainly better then doing nothing!  The other most important thing is to make sure that you are continuing to eat clean!!  Make sure you are adding in crucial healing foods.  Ginger is a major one to add in if your injury has any kind of inflammation involved.  Ginger is an anti-inflammatory food, along with Blueberries and Turmeric.  Add them into your salads, smoothies, juices or slice up the ginger and let it steep in hot water and have ginger tea!  If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know my obsession with Ginger, read my post on it here!

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I know it may feel like the end of the world during your healing recovery time, but the key to getting through this is to find the thing or things that you CAN do!  For me I’m doing a lot of spinning and I just got into boxing!  It is quite therapeutic!  I have no idea how long I’ll be out from running, and there is a chance I may have to miss my big 50k race June 1st if I can’t get back to training soon!!  So needless to say, I did have my moment this past weekend feeling super sorry for myself, but I’m back to cross training and feeling pretty good!!

   How do you all cope? Any other recommendations?