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What Your Cravings Are Really Trying To Tell You

Cravings are your body’s way of telling your body what it’s not getting enough of… Meaning that chocolate craving, is in fact a need for something else a bit healthier for your body… I know, shocking right? (And slightly disappointing) Decode your cravings below and feed your body what it truly wants:

Chocolate

Are you mad for chocolate?  This may be due to a magnesium deficiency and your body perhaps being low in antioxidants.  Nutritionists call magnesium the great ‘calmer’ as it helps relax muscles, boost the immune system, keeps blood sugar steady, and may add to our serotonin levels – all reasons why we might crave this just before our periods.  Go for the dark chocolate that is 75% or higher cocoa. This blend contains less sugar and is often way higher in antioxidants than milk chocolate or white chocolate (which you should steer clear of at all times). Nuts, seeds and pulses along with leafy green vegetables are also rich in magnesium.  If it is a hit of antioxidants you need, then go for your dark, rich-colored vegetables and fruit like beetroot, blueberries, and raspberries.

Sugary Stuff

If you are constantly seeking sugar, there could be a number of nutrients missing from your body.  An adequate amount of whole real foods especially protein and good quality fat in your diet will dampen down your sugar cravings because often the first sign of an out-of-control blood sugar level is hunger.  Chromium, the mineral which helps to control our blood sugar, is found in almost consistently in most unprocessed foods. Wholegrains like rice, quinoa, green beans, broccoli, nuts, and eggs are great sources of chromium. Foods high in sugar are low in chromium and may actually promote a chromium deficiency.

Coffee-holic?

There’s little doubt that caffeine is addictive but a sudden out of the ordinary desire to have espresso could be your body’s way of saying it requires more iron. This is quite common during a menstrual cycle. Iron brings oxygen to our cells and without it we can feel quite tired and seek coffee as a quick pick me up.  Increase your iron stores with red meat and green vegetables.  There are also a wide range of supplements on the market, but these should only be taken after a blood test.


Decode more cravings from the original source here:

http://foodmatters.tv/content/cravings-what-they-actually-mean

5 Hacks Your Barista Wont Tell You To Save Money

Coffee-holics rejoice! There are multiple ways you can prevent Starbucks from eating your wallet whole while still getting the most out of your order. So drink up, and take on your day with confidence thanks to that extra boost of caffeine you can now enjoy, guilt free!

  1) $2 Iced Lattes

Order a triple espresso over ice in a venti cup and pour the milk yourself at the condiment area!

  2) Refills for 50 Cents

Understandably, sometimes one cup just doesn’t cut it, which is a problem no more because you can refill your cup with brewed coffee for just 50 cents during the same visit. Not a bad price for an extra pick-me-up.

3) Bring Your Own Cup

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You will save a whopping 10 cents on your drink when you bring in your own reusable cup, mug, or travel tumbler, and if you’re the coffe-holic you claim to be, the savings will add up!

4) The Water Secret

Steer clear of reaching for those bottle of waters by the registers. In fact, the water they can provide for you may even be cleaner! Starbucks water and ice is triple-distilled!

 

5) Take Advantage of Your Birthday 

If you sign up for Starbucks Rewards Program (which is free of charge), you can receive a free drink for you birthday as long as you redeem it within 30 days!


 

Learn More Starbucks Hacks At: http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tips-Saving-Money-Starbucks-3751741?stream_view=1#opening-slide