• Pesky Cravings: Be Responsible

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    There is that moment when you suddenly have cravings in the middle of the nigh. You may crave for something salty or sweet.

    When we have cravings, we tend to punish ourselves (especially if we give in to them) and focus on our apparent weakness. I’d like to suggest that cravings are not a lack of discipline or a will power issue. They are critical pieces of information that tell you what your body needs. The body is an amazing source of intelligence if we listen to it.

    But when you really think about it, cravings are an interesting thing that can be quite dangerous. Cravings have thrown people off of their diets, have made it difficult to eat and live healthily, and have helped to propel the obesity epidemic. Giving into a craving now and then might not seem like a lot, but it can add up!

    So what is it that makes your mind crave those usually off-limits treats?

    Well, new research is indicating that you might not be so responsible for the foods you crave—and perhaps eat, if your cravings get the best of you. In fact, the millions of bacteria living in your gut you may be calling the shots.

    The bacterial ecosystem living inside you—known as your microbiome—craves certain nutrients. Some bacteria want sugar, others want fat, while some want vegetables and other healthy foods. They need these nutrients as they compete to proliferate and do …

    The important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave. Perhaps your diet is too restrictive or devoid of essential nutrients. Perhaps you are living a lifestyle that is too boring or stressful. Your body tries to correct the imbalance by sending you a message: a craving. A craving for something sweet could mean you need more protein, more exercise, more water or more love in your life.

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