When we get a craving for food, our body is telling us that it’s hungry and needs fuel of some kind. Food cravings are part of our natural survival instinct. Most of the time our cravings lead us to seek out high calorie foods, particularly those high in sugars and fats. These foods are packed with calories which the body turns into energy. That all makes sense as a tool for survival but may not always be such a good thing in todays world.
Sometimes we have specific cravings like when we feel like something sweet. This can mean that our body needs serotonin for its soothing and calming effect. At other times a quick snack may be needed for reasons other than hunger all together. Eating some types of food release calories quickly and allows the body to feel safe and doesn’t need to be in survival mode any more.
It is in our nature to heed the cravings for food. It’s our body’s way of telling us it needs something that is lacking and needs to be replenished. Our body is a complex organism that requires a precise balance of nutrition to stay healthy and in top shape.
Today, the problem is that most of the food we eat is processed in some way and lacking in the nutrients the body needs. Our instincts alone can no longer tell us that what we’re eating is good, or bad for us. The food that we find in stores contributes to our losing dietary balance and the ability to just go by instinct.
But there are good signs on the horizon as consumers are becoming more educated about food and nutrition. Today there is increasing knowledge about the composition of the foods we eat. The more we know about the food enables us to make educated choices and no longer rely on instinct alone.