June 12

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Cravings – Are You Thirsty for a Bite?

By Sue Ingebretson

June 12, 2012

Cravings, dehydration, drinking, fast foods, hydration, snack foods, sodas, water

CRAVINGS-ARE YOU THIRSTY FOR A BITE?

If you’re tracking with me, I blogged about cravings several months ago. To refresh your memory, check out my Thirteen Surprising Sources of Food Cravings post. I plan to write more posts on this “weighty” subject as we progress through the summer.

The number one cause of cravings on my list was lack of water or dehydration.

Why is that?

Most people don’t drink water – and if they do, it’s often a small amount.

Here’s what I get asked most at lectures and seminars. I hear “What do you drink? “ My answer of WATER never seems to satisfy the attendees. They want more.

We can wage war on the whole soda issue all day long. Artificial chemical sugars (diet sodas) are no better than the fake and processed sugars (regular sodas). Neither one is good for you! In fact both products compromise your health and create long lasting health challenges. They are empty nutrient replacements for what the body truly craves – water.

Dehydration can really do a number on your health. Feeling dizzy? Headaches and/or body aches? Got fuzzy thinking? How’s your digestion?

Even minor dehydration can cause those problems and more. We all know that drinking adequate quantities of clean, filtered, fresh water is important. But, do we do it?

IMPORTANT NOTE: dehydration masquerades as hunger

Before you reach for something that you’re craving to bite into (from snack foods to fast foods), consider sipping instead. Drink at least 8 ounces of water and wait 5 to 10 minutes. Did your craving go away? Are you still hungry? Be sure to check out my Food Cravings post and let me know what you think!

Heed this sage advice from Disney’s pirates — Drink up me hearties –yo ho!

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"True Healing requires a combination of healthy nutrition, healthy body movements, and emotional wellness. This is what I call the Restoration Trio" 
~ Sue Ingebretson