7 Common Food Cravings (What Your Body is Really Telling You)

Written By

Rhea Dali

Expert Reviewed By

Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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Shh. Your Body is Speaking. Are You Listening?:  Recognizing Nutrient Deficiencies

When sticking to a “healthy” or “clean” diet, it can be easy to fall into the trap of eating the same things over and over again: Chicken and broccoli. Repeat. However…Variety is the spice of life! When we eat the same things over and over, we miss out on a variety of nutrients (Not to mention…eating the same things over and over gets really boring).

Have you ever wondered what a craving for a certain food means? Although we’ve talked about how your gut bacteria often crave foods they are intolerant to, sometimes food cravings also mean you have a nutrient deficiency.

And get this:

The foods you crave may NOT contain that nutrient at all (often leading you to reach for the “wrong thing” to satisfy what you’re really craving, in place of nutrient-dense whole foods).

Here are 7 common food cravings—and what your body is really telling you.

7 Common Food Cravings (& What Your Body is Really Telling You)


  1. Cheese
    What It Means: Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency, Tyramine Deficiency, Stress
    Eat This: Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Cold-Water Fatty Fish, Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Nuts, Flax Oil, Chia Seeds) Tyramine (Fermented Foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, yogurt or the REAL deal (Grass-Fed Raw Cheese)
  1. Carby, Bready Foods or Sweets & Pastries
    What it Means:
    Blood Sugar Imbalances, Stress, Chromium Deficiency
    Eat this: Healthy Fats (Avocado, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Coconut Butter, Grass-fed Butter, Raw Nuts & Seeds, Avocado Oi), Address Stress, Chromimum (Broccoli, Potatoes, Garlic, Grapes, Basil, Oranges)
  1. Chocolate
    What It Means: Magnesium Deficiency
    Eat This: Dark Leafy Greens, Raw Nuts & Seeds, 100% Cocoa
  1. Salty or Crunchy Foods:
    What It Means: Dehydration, Stress, Chloride Deficiency
    Eat This: Water (with a pinch of sea salt + lemon), Homemade “crispy” vegetables (Brussels sprouts, Zucchini Chips, Sweet Potato Chips, Plantain Chips), Chloride Foods (kelp, tomatoes, lettuce, celery, unrefined sea salt, olives), Address Stress (Breathe, Reflect, Talk about it, Slow down, Meditate, Workout)
  1. Red Meat
    What it Means: Iron Deficiency, Zinc Deficiency, Want Amino Acids, Low Stomach Acid
    Eat this: Iron & Zinc [Organ Meats & Liver Supplements, Spirulina, Lentils, Spinach, Pumpkin Seeds, Grass-fed Beef/Bison and Pastured Chicken, Dark Chocolate, Figs, and Vitamin C (Oranges & Broccoli— for absorption)], Amino Acids (Pastured, Grass-fed Meats),Stomach Acid Support: Apple Cider Vinegar (1 tbsp. in 2-4 ounces of water with meals)
  1. Soda/Fizz
    What it Means: Calcium Deficiency, Sodium Imbalances
    Eat this: Leafy Greens, Full-Fat Raw Dairy, Blackstrap molasses, Canned Wild Sea Food (Grass-fed), Himalayan Sea Salt
  1. Coffee & Caffiene
    What it Means: Sulphur Deficiency; Phosphorous deficiency; Blood Sugar Imbalance
    Eat this: Sulphur [Cruciferous veggies (kale, cabbage, etc), cranberries, horseradish, asparagus, carob powder, garlic, onion], Phosphorus (Sunflower Seeds & Almonds, Raw Grass-Fed Dairy,  White Beans, Poultry, Tuna, Grass-Fed Beef), Blood Sugar Imbalance (Healthy Fats & Omega 3 Fatty Acids)


It all starts with understanding your gut—and if you are absorbing your nutrients in the first place.

Grab your FREE 7-Day Gut Healing Guide to learn more.

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