9 Popular Food Cravings And What They Say About Your Emotions

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Rather than expressing our emotions, we tend to stuff them down with food, which our bodies translate as comfort and fulfillment.

Scientific research shows that when people have difficulty identifying the emotion they’re experiencing and ways to deal with it, they’re more prone to binge eating. The more readily we can express our emotions, the healthier our bodies, hearts and minds will be.


Cravings are a window to your inner landscape. By deciphering the real meaning of your cravings, you can get insight into what’s truly gnawing at you from within. These are some patterns I’ve noticed based on my 20 years of working as a health expert.

An estimated one in 10 Americans suffers from depression, many of these people take prescription drugs to manage the disease. Fortunately, there are several foods and herbs that can provide relief from depression without the costs—both financial and otherwise—of prescription drugs. Here are 4 natural foods for fighting feelings of depression.

1. Baked sweets (pastries, cakes, candy, pies, etc.)

Sweet cravings are probably the most frequent craving people report to me. These people are often working too long and hard, moving from one to-do list item to another and feeling exhausted.

The real reason for this craving is they aren’t experiencing enough joy — it’s evaporated into their daily grind.

Alternative: Find an activity you enjoy and can indulge in for 30 minutes per day. Try taking a walk in the park, reading a good book, or treating yourself to a foot massage. Once you begin to let yourself have joy in your life, you won’t be on the hunt for those sweet foods to do the trick.

2. Spicy

Those who like spicy food, even to the point at which their eyes start tearing, are most likely looking for intensity and action in their lives.

They love to be on the go — going to movies, traveling to distant countries, exploring new restaurants. When they haven’t made the time to do these things, spicy food becomes the option to “get them going”.

Alternative: What are small steps that you can change to give you the shift you need to feel “alive”? Trying stepping out there and taking a dance class that you haven’t tried before, like Zumba, or even venturing out to the latest blockbuster action movie!

3. Salty

When we eat lots of salt, we move the water in our bodies. Salt is like a magnet for movement and flow, which is important for helping people to “go with the flow” of life and relax.

Alternative: Find ways that you can sink into the moments of life and reflect. Try deep breathing, running, or meditating. You may even want to try watercolor painting — using the water to flow with your creativity!

Most of us have, at one point in our lives, experienced intense cravings for unhealthy foods. Whether it be for chocolate, donuts, salty snacks or refined carbs, our bodies appear to want them — and we’re often all too happy to submit. There’s just one problem: Eating these foods doesn’t seem to end the cravings. What is going on here? Perhaps your food cravings are a sign you need certain minerals. Here’s what to eat instead.

4. Caffeine

We want to be in the midst of it all, absorbing all the information we can, and remembering it so that we can be at the “forefront”. At the core of all this mental juggling, is mental exhaustion.

Caffeine gives the false impression of keeping it all together and being mentally sharp, but really, it exhausts us further — especially in excessive amounts.

Alternative: Rather than that next cup of coffee or soda, give your mind a break and get some extra rest. Try taking a nap or going to bed early, then you’ll really be able to concentrate.

5. Crunchy/crispy foods

Crunch, crunch. With every crunch, it’s a cry of “hey, look at me!”

Perhaps we’re angry and want to “snap” back at someone, but feel restrained. We might also want a “pat” on the back for a job well done. Crunchy foods give us the artificial center stage.

Alternative: See if you can understand what you really want to say. Write in a journal and when you’re ready, try to express what you’ve been bottling up in a manner that’s a win-win for all.

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  1. 1199065110110987@facebook.com' Clark W Grizwald says:

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  7. 10153692787494954@facebook.com' Fiona Johnson says:

    And perhaps your emotions are created by your biochemistry,

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