Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. When you want a potato chip, it’s that simple – you want a potato chip, and nothing else is going to scratch that itch. Most of the time, however, food cravings are signals from our bodies that they are missing a nutrient. 

What You Want                            What You Need            What to Substitute
Salty Foods                                   Chloride and Silicon     Goat’s milk and fatty fish, cashews,                                                                                                            nuts, and seeds

Oily Foods                                     Calcium                          Milk, cheese, leafy greens

Carbs                                              Nitrogen                         Fatty fish, meat, nuts, beans, chia seeds

Sugary Food                                  Chromium                     Broccoli, Grapes, Cheese
                                                         Phosphorus                  Meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts
                                                         Tryptophan                  Cheese, raisins, spinach, turkey
                                                         Sulphur                         Cabbage, cranberries, horseradish
                                                         and/or Carbon             Fresh fruit

Chocolate                                      Magnesium                   Fruits & Veggies, nuts & seeds, raw cacao

If you find yourself having these cravings on a regular basis, Affinity Acupuncture in Brentwood offers nutritional counseling as well as a variety of Traditional Chinese Medicines, including acupuncture, to help your body get back in balance and get the most out of what you put into it. Call us at 615-939-2787 to learn more.