Wierd/Intense Cravings

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Was curious if anyone finds that they get intense cravings for a specific food, where they want to eat like the single food for a while.

For a couple weeks I could not get enough beef and ate like 1/2 lb a day at least. Then I went through broccoli phase, where I would crave huge bowls of it and just want that for every meal. Now I am craving oranges (while normally I don't even like them much). I have been eating 4+ a day for a few days and would eat just that if I could.

I recently had standard physical blood work done and everything came back normal. I find it a bot odd that my cravings have been so intense lately... anyone else get this?

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on March 14, 2013
at 04:57 AM

If your cravings are for things like meat, broccoli, oranges, and carrots, go with it.

If your cravings are for things like Ben & Jerry's, Twinkies, Butterfingers, or cinnamon buns, ignore the craving but acknowledge that you have a nutritional deficiency that needs to be addressed.

I think that all cravings are rooted in your body's urgent demand for certain nutrients, for example you'll hear about vegetarians suddenly getting intense cravings for eggs or chicken soup. Depending on your diet, health, lifestyle, and general in-touchness with your body's needs, your body demanding nutrients might take the form of a craving for the food that contains the nutrients such as broccoli, or just any random easy calories such as a candy bar.

I tend to crave dark chocolate and nuts whenever my body is run down or if my diet is lacking. I've learned to understand that this really means my body needs some nutrients and the best answer is to figure out what I'm lacking and eat it over the next 3-4 days rather than give in to the craving. Also if I'm working out a lot and my body weight drops below a certain level (203 seems to be the magic number), my body goes into hunger overdrive mode and demands that I eat lots of carbs and chocolate all day long until my weight comes up a few pounds.

The craving is a signal... it can take some effort to interpret it properly.


on March 14, 2013
at 02:42 AM

I went through a huuuuge blueberry craving last summer. At one point it evolved into a ham + blueberry craving.... that's all I wanted to eat!! Blueberries blueberries blueberries... then ham + blueberries.... all the time. It was strange, but I went with it! I always felt so much better after having those things. I have no idea where the cravings came from though, or why they came (or left!)


on March 13, 2013
at 08:37 PM

Strange food cravings are a sign of pregnancy :-D

Otherwise I think it's perfectly fine. Small kids tend to eat like this, too (if their parents are flexible enough, of course). If your body wants meat, give it meat. If it wants oranges, give it oranges. Sounds quite reasonable to me.



on March 13, 2013
at 08:43 PM

Maybe it's working properly. I notice I've changed the content of my diet a few times, and then there are seasonal preferences that just sort of seem to happen. Assuming your appetite is no longer jacked by modern processed foods, then it would make sense to suspect you are craving what you need.

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