Decoding Your Cravings

If you’re anything like me, there are days when all I want is chocolate and others when chips are my Achielles tendon. According to NYC nutritionist, Keri Glassmen, R.D, it is wise to pay attention to these cravings.  Cravings often tell you that there is something missing in your diet.  Here are some cravings she flagged for you, so you can fill your body with what it really wants, not what you think it wants.  Not understanding what your body is really trying to tell you could mean packing on unnessary pounds as we head into bathing suit season.

*  Salty or Greasy Food – Could mean you’re slightly dehydrated.  "Salt holds water in," says Glassman, "Your body may be trying to hang onto the fluids it’s got." Aim for 8 glasses of water a day.

*  Candy or Chocolate – It could mean you need protein. Without its slow releasing energy, your body will try to get a quick fix to boost blood sugar. Try a cup of yogurt it has 24% of your daily protein total.

*  Bread or Pasta – It could mean you don’t eat enough. Starches are already partially broken down, so your body knows carbs will give it energy fast.  Be sure to eat at least 1,200 calories a day.