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Dealing With Cravings of "Healthy" Food

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 05, 2012 at 10:56 PM

So, many people, myself included, are of the belief that if you crave a food (I mean a good Paleo approved food, mainly fruit or sometimes bacon) that it usually means you are missing something in your diet. A vitamin, mineral, whatever.

If that is indeed true, and you're jonesing for some strawberries or raspberries or maybe a big hunk of bacon, shouldn't you just be able to pop a good multivitamin/mineral pill and watch the craving go bye-bye?

I'm curious to hear others' experiences with cravings and whether vitamins, etc. help with cravings.

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on September 06, 2012
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I'm speaking more towards taking a vitamin/mineral complex to curb cravings for sweets. Rather than eat berries, etc and ingest the un-needed glucose, does supplementing what your body is really "craving" ward off the desire to eat a pint of strawberries and a bunch of grapes?

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on September 06, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Very true.

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on September 06, 2012
at 02:23 AM

I like the doctor's response!

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on September 05, 2012
at 11:45 PM

I am craving broccoli so bad right now.

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on September 05, 2012
at 11:23 PM

A multivitamin or mineral covers very little of what we actually need. Amino acids, fats, trace minerals, antioxidants, electrolytes, and more.

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on September 06, 2012
at 01:32 AM

When my mother was pregnant with me, she craved rubber. She was caught hiding in the garage eating a brand new pair of flip-flops. She asked her doctor what she was missing, and he said, "Brains, nobody eats rubber."

Ah, the wonders of Pica.

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on September 06, 2012
at 02:23 AM

I like the doctor's response!

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on April 11, 2013
at 02:56 AM

If you're craving something paleo-approved, by all means go for it! I've had paleo-approved cravings (salmon, lamb, bacon, etc.) and I yeilded to them with no shame. Like what Dan said, pills don't give us amino acids, trace minerals, fats, antioxidants, electrolytes, etc. Craving berries may mean your body needs vitamin C, craving bacon may indicate that you need more riboflavin. There might be something you may very well need from a paleo approved craving, we may not even know what yet. It's just your body telling you you need something. Hey, better (and easier) to get what you need from a clean, wholesome source than a crummy SAD source! All I can say is that there's no shame in having a paleo-approved craving.

I have found that calcium/vitamin D suppliments kept my dairy cravings away and magnesium suppliments kept my chocolate cravings away, but they're not foolproof.

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on September 06, 2012
at 02:01 AM

Why take a supplement when you could eat real food?

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on September 06, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I'm speaking more towards taking a vitamin/mineral complex to curb cravings for sweets. Rather than eat berries, etc and ingest the un-needed glucose, does supplementing what your body is really "craving" ward off the desire to eat a pint of strawberries and a bunch of grapes?

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on September 06, 2012
at 01:09 AM

In addition to Dan's comments (+1, btw) your body does not readily absorb a lot of the vitamins that are in pill form...

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on September 06, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Very true.

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