Iâ€™m excited to share one of my newest and current favorite recipe to calm my nighttime sugar cravings.
Before we get started, I want to encourage you to 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, theyâ€™re important messages meant to help you in maintaining balance. When you experience a craving, deconstruct it. Ask yourself, what does my body want and why?
Here Iâ€™m sharing 8 causes of cravings!
1. LACK OF PRIMARY FOOD: Being dissatisfied with a relationship or having an inappropriate exercise routine (too much, too little, or the wrong kind), being bored, stressed, uninspired by your 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 primary food.
2. WATER: Lack of water can send the message that youâ€™re thirsty and on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration can manifest as 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 weâ€™ve 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 oneâ€™s ancestral or childhood foods.
5. SEASONAL. Often the body craves foods that balance the elements of the season. In the spring, people crave detoxifying foods like leafy greens and 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, and sweets.
6. LACK OF NUTRIENTS: If the body has inadequate nutrients, youâ€™ll have 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. HORMONAL: When women experience menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause, fluctuating testosterone and estrogen levels may cause unique cravings.
8. DE-EVOLUTIONâ€™: When things are going extremely well in your life, sometimes self-sabotage 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.
Hereâ€™s what you need to make this super easy and delicious recipe!
Total Time: 10 min.
â€¢ 3/4 cup rolled oats
â€¢ 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
â€¢ 2 1/4 cups oat milk or other milk
â€¢ 1/4 cup cocoa powder
â€¢ Chia seeds to taste (this time I added 1 big tbs- P.S. Iâ€™m a chia seeds lover)
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend for one minute. I like to gradually work my way up to high during the first 30 seconds of the blend, then continue on high for another 30 seconds.
2. Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan. Heat over medium, whisking constantly, until it starts to thicken (about 2 minutes). Continue to heat the pudding over medium heat for 3 more minutes, whisking constantly.
3. The pudding will be thick enough to eat right away, but you can refrigerate it for about an hour to enjoy a chilled pudding. The leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.
This recipe works great as pre/post workout or a simple quick breakfast! Just add some nice sliced strawberries or mixed fruits and voila!
I would love to know what are your thoughts| comments about the root of your cravings. Share with me belowâ‡£
Footnotes- Institute for integrative nutrition