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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I'll Tell You Whatcha Want Whatcha Really Really Want

That's right readers, we're having a Spice Girls soundtracked food selection chat today inspired by a thought provoking "you are what you eat" conversation with Jon. I hope it brightens up your Tuesday sufficiently.
Circa a handful of years after this instant classic first hit American shores, I found myself incredibly lethargic and terribly hungry for days on end without any ability to quench either feeling. As it turns out, I was anemic. The moment I learned this, I started pumping my body with the likes of beef (which I stopped eating shortly thereafter...oh moderation), cherries, and dark leafy greens. Lo and behold, the change was evident almost immediately and I went on to continue my quest for earth-conquering.

From that moment onward, I have always been a firm believer in trying to fix all my problems by adjusting eating habits towards potential nutrient deficiencies from which I may be suffering, ever so bravely. And, if you think about it, I bet you know quite a few remedies as well. Think chocolate for a broken heart (or a happy heart, or a busy heart...really any heart) or chicken noodle soup and an orange for a cold.

Well, dear ones, today I present you with a real treasure - a conversion chart for your cravings. Okay, to be honest, even after my possession of this chart, I still turn to chocolate when I crave chocolate instead of nuts. And yes, oftentimes, whatcha really really need to temper that craving is the exact food you really really want.

This doesn't mean it can't be useful. So, to avoid delay any further, might I introduce you to your new bestie courtesy of natureopathyworks.com? Give it a try. You may be surprised.

If you crave this…What you really need is…And here are healthy foods that have it:
  • Chocolate
MagnesiumRaw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
  • Sweets
ChromiumBroccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
CarbonFresh fruits
PhosphorusChicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains
SulfurCranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage
TryptophanCheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
  • Bread, toast
NitrogenHigh protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
  • Oily snacks, fatty foods
CalciumMustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
  • Coffee or tea
PhosphorousChicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
SulfurEgg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
NaCl (salt)Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
IronMeat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
  • Alcohol, recreational drugs
ProteinMeat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
AveninGranola, oatmeal
CalciumMustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
GlutamineSupplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice
PotassiumSun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens
  • Chewing ice
IronMeat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
  • Burned food
CarbonFresh fruits
  • Soda and other carbonated drinks
CalciumMustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
  • Salty foods
ChlorideRaw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
  • Acid foods
MagnesiumRaw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
  • Preference for liquids rather than solids
WaterFlavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
  • Preference for solids rather than liquids
WaterYou have been so dehydrated for so long that you have lost your thirst. Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
  • Cool drinks
ManganeseWalnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
  • Pre-menstrual cravings
ZincRed meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
  • General overeating
SiliconNuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
TryptophanCheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
TyrosineVitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
  • Lack of appetite
Vitamin B1Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
Vitamin B3Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes
ManganeseWalnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
ChlorideRaw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
  • Tobacco
SiliconNuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
TyrosineVitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables

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