Craving is a powerful desire or longing for something. Who knew that such a small word could have such an emotional load for a lot of us?
I always get asked why we have cravings in the first place, why those cravings feel out of control, and what to do about it.
Today I want to show you how we can actually create our own cravings.
Unlike traditional nutritionists, who think of food in calories and grams of fat, with my holistic health coach hat I look at food in a wider context, including ‘energetics of food’ (keep reading, I am not going to get all spiritual on you, I promise!)
An easy way to think about the ‘energy’ of food is to think about the concept of Yin & Yang, which is the Chinese system of opposites. It’s a simple concept of looking at the world in pairs: dark, light, night, day, hot, cold, etc.
The yin is the female energy, the night, the moon, the dark. In food, yin energy is represented in alcohol, sugar, and fruits.
These foods are considered expansive; they make you feel light, relaxed and happy, they are even sometimes referred to as “bliss” foods. But when you eat too many yin – or “bliss” – foods you start to feel spacey, perhaps even a little forgetful.
Yang refers to masculine energy, heat and light. Yang foods are very contracting (versus the expansive Yin foods). Examples of yang foods are salt, meat and eggs.
These are the kinds of foods that put “meat on your bones”. They make you feel grounded, focused, aggressive, but when you eat too many you start to feel tight, agitated and perhaps even angry.
So that’s all fine and good, but how does the concept of Yin and Yang relate to your cravings?
I’m glad you asked! If life is a system of opposites and your body is always trying to balance itself out, it will crave the opposite foods. If we have too many yang foods we’ll crave the yin. If we have too many yin foods, we’ll crave the yang. So what many people don’t realize – and I didn’t realize this myself either – is that we’re often CREATING our cravings, unknowingly.
The first time I learned about the energetics of food and the idea that I might actually be creating my own cravings I literally heard angels sing in delight. Ever since I can remember I’ve always had to eat something savory after eating something sweet, otherwise I feel nauseous and yucky. I could never understand why! That one lesson was worth going to school for.
I wonder how this is showing up in your life? Let’s put our “cravings detective” hats and see what they mean. I would love to help you deconstruct what your cravings mean. I’ve got a few spots left on my calendar this week for a complimentary Radiant, Nourished You strategy session. Grab your spot today and let’s dive right in. Can’t wait! Click here to schedule your session and I look forward to connecting with you.