Fuel V

How are your new year’s resolutions going?

So many of us resolve to eat better, and it’s a fine goal for sure- but we need to make choices that can sustain these goals. I know, I know. If you’re craving chocolate, legumes and fruit are just not going to cut it. But I find this list from Naturopathy Works useful and interesting. I don’t feel good if I don’t fuel with the right thing, and it drags me down during my practice. It’s an interesting thing to test out- swap out foods to see what chemical your body was really asking for but manifesting to you as an unhealthy craving.

If you crave this…

What you really need is…

Healthy foods that have it:

Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Sweets Chromium Broccoli, grapes, dried beans
Carbon Fresh fruits
Phosphorus eggs, yogurt, nuts, legumes, grains
Tryptophan Cheese, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toast Nitrogen High protein foods: fish, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, fatty foods Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or tea Phosphorous Fish, eggs, nuts, legumes
Sulfur Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
NaCl (salt) Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
Iron Fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol, recreational drugs Protein Seafood, dairy, nuts
Potassium Sun-dried black olives, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing ice Iron Fish, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Soda and other carbonated drinks Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foods Chloride Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foods Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Pre-menstrual cravings Zinc Seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
General overeating Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tryptophan Cheese, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Another thing I like to do is find different, less refined and more nutrient rich versions of the things I love. Here are my personal favorites:

If you crave this…


Try this

Chocolate Any of these guilt free chocolate options. Cacao is extremely healthy. A healthy treat to make on your own is raw liquid chocolate: 1:1 cacao powder and raw coconut oil with your choice of sweeteners. This solidifies in the refrigerator.
Fries Sweet potato fries! Slice up a sweet potato and toss with olive oil and your favorite seasonings. Recipe.
 Big Mac Okay stay with me on this one. A lot of times, it’s not even the food we crave, but the ritual and the experience like that of biting into a big mac that we’re after. Grilling portobello mushrooms really brings out their meaty flavor(Epicurious) and is a great substitution for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Recipe.
Cookies A piece of sweet fruit. Yep!
 Mac ‘N Cheese  A big bowl of oatmeal or yogurt with chia seeds, nuts, cranberries, and non-dairy milk. Any toppings you’d like so you don’t feel at all deprived.
 Hungry for no reason/Bored  A big green smoothie! Frozen banana, blueberries, protein powder, and spinach is my norm. If it grew out of the ground, throw it in there. Info.
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4 thoughts on “Fuel V

  1. Awesome, and so timely! Thanks!! 🙂

  2. m says:

    i love the swap out options!


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