Identify Your Food Cravings

Do you crave sugar, pop, breads, pasta, and potatoes?

Generally, people who crave sugar have poor fuel-burning capacity in their bodies. You really need minerals. You can have huge fluctuations in your days, real highs and then very low lows. You are often moody and irritable, and feel fatigued with low stamina, often blaming “getting older” as the reason for your reduced energy. You have a nutritional deficiency and a hormonal imbalance than could lead to hypoglycemia or pre-diabetes.

Do you love to eat Pizza and bread?

You most likely have a yeast problem. Emotionally, you can have mood swings up and down, with chronic allergies and digestive distress. You have a sugar/hormonal imbalance, and nutritional deficiencies. You also have digestive issues with poor metabolism, weight gain, and increasing fatigue.

Do you have a pickle and olive with your sandwiches?

People who crave salt generally have weak adrenal gland function. You can get irritable if you miss a meal. Bright light bothers your eyes. You are often tired and your back can hurt. You avoid salt even though you crave it. You have a hormonal imbalance and a mineral deficiency.

Do you crave milk?

People who crave dairy generally are really trying to fill their calcium, protein and fat need. Alternative sources are sesame seeds for calcium; organic chicken or turkey for protein, and/or almonds, walnuts or sunflower seeds. You have a protein and mineral deficiency.

Do you crave chocolate?

You have a calcium/magnesium imbalance. Women crave chocolate before their menses due to hormone changes. The magnesium in chocolate helps create a sense of relaxation by making long-chain fatty acids. However, chocolate has chemicals in it that are psychoneurotic chemicals. These chemicals can create highs and lows. An alternative is to have mixed greens everyday. Mixed greens are a great source of magnesium and help with the craving for chocolate. You have a nutritional deficiency, and a hormonal imbalance.

Do you crave ice?

This is a sign of poor iron utilization. You are usually tired. Your body needs iron for oxygen carrying capacity. Iron is found in meat. (see vitamin list) You can become anemic.

Do you crave any type of sweets?

You have a poor sugar metabolism when you crave sweets. You can also be low in zinc and chromium. These minerals are needed for carbohydrate metabolism. High stress can also cause high cortisol levels and sugar cravings. You have a sugar/hormonal imbalance and a nutritional deficiency of specific vitamins needed by the body for sugar metabolism.

Do you crave fatty foods?

This can be a sign for a need for fat in the body. You need fat, but avoid it because of calories and use low fat foods instead. Fat is needed to make hormones in the body and is vital for proper brain function. Without fat you can have depression, pain syndromes and emotional issues. You have a hormone issue and a deficiency of essential fatty acids.

Do you desire coffee in the mid afternoon?

You are stressed out with poor adrenal gland function. The coffee stimulates the adrenals for you to keep going. You can also crave salty and or sugary foods. You may have problems with bright light bothering your eyes, chronic pain syndromes and even sneeze when sunshine hits your eyes on a bright day. You wear sunglasses. You have a hormonal imbalance when you need to have a caffeine boost to keep your energy levels up.

Do you chew your nails?

You have a mineral deficiency and may be lacking specific vital nutrients. You might have a hard time falling asleep at night. You can lay in bed at night physically exhausted with your brain going one hundred miles an hour. If you have red hair, you may have a deficiency in zinc with too much copper. Avoid bread and soy – these deplete the body of zinc. Eat pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Celtic Sea Salt is also an excellent source of minerals, containing 84 different essential minerals. You have a mineral deficiency and a hormonal imbalance.

Do you crave onions, garlic, cabbage or broccoli?

You may have a sluggish or overloaded liver. These foods contain high levels of sulfur, which help improve liver function. A sluggish liver cannot work properly to help break down toxins or keep hormones in balance. Toxins can accumulate from either external sources or from poor digestion that results in internal toxicity. You have nutritional deficiencies and too much toxic exposure.

If you have any of the above food cravings, there is help. A review of your diet and lifestyle can easily locate simple changes that could improve your health and reduce your cravings.

Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D.

Dr. Carol Ann Fischer of Livonia has been helping create miracles for 1000’s of people using alternative holistic therapies for over 23 years. She specializes in balancing hormones naturally and in helping people regain their health using customized individualized nutritional programs. For more information on Dr. Fischer or her free public workshops visit or contact her by email at [email protected] or by phone at 734-664-0339. Call today for your no charge 30-min.introductory diet review.

Disclaimer: The recommendations in this article are not to be taken as medical advice. If your health is not what it should be, consult a qualified wellness consultant to determine the cause of your distress, and for specific recommendations on your personal health issues.

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About the writer: Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D.

Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D.    Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. is a unique Chiropractic Holistic Wellness Consultant. She has been in practice for over 24 years, with specialized training in nutrition & diet modification, weight loss, gentle chiropractic, stress reduction, natural hormone therapy, detoxification,  homeopathy, and acupuncture. For info on her free public workshops on diet, stress, weight loss, hormones and wellness visit or contact her by phone at 734-664-0339..

11 Responses to Identify Your Food Cravings

  1. lori December 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I have want to eat onions on everything and hot peppers I gotta have them everyday and peanut buttter I’ll even put them on a sand witch n eat p butter with onion or peppers and chocolate and jalapenos

  2. Boots September 3, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    I crave onions and eggs, which both contain sulfur, so I read. Yes, I drink alcohol and may have a sluggish liver, so to balance, shall I eat that which I crave and have solved my craving issues in the past? I am familiar with the cravings of which the body informs us related to its nutritional imbalances. It has worked for me for many years, but I thought I would receive and share my information. Some feedback would be appreciated.

  3. christine weeks January 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Thank you for being……….real, caring and sharing your wealth of knowledge. Your information is more valuable than any prescription written. May God Bless you every day.

  4. Hollie March 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    I have cystic fibrosis which keeps me from digesting food properly and I sometimes wonder why I have such weird cravings like for milk and chocolate or just sweets in general. This was very helpful in finding out why.

  5. Tiffany August 12, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Here lately I have been having mad cravings for onions. In fact I just sauted 1 and a half onions and made a sandwich of them. From reading the above statement on cravings, I was wanting to know what causes toxins? These cravings have been going on for about 2 months.

  6. Elaine December 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Craving fish and onions. Was reading the explanation but, what would be the best way to eliminate the toxins and prevent them from accumulate?

  7. Puffn Mom November 19, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    I think that you are spot on in your assessment of cravings. Last February, I took Tegretol for two weeks. In early March, I was admitted to the ER and was hospitalized for 9 days because the Tegretol caused “D.R.E.S.S. syndrome. It nearly killed me, severely affecting my skin liver, entire GI tract and a lung. I was having physical problems before this incident for which I was taking heavy doses of NSAIDS and Tylenol so it was easy for the Tegretol to cause a “Perfect Storm”. Needless to say, my body was compromised before I took it. Since then, I’ve had other rashes. As I type, I’m presently recovering from another rash that the doctors are attempting to diagnose. Over the past 5 months I was put on short term doses of prednisone, cyclosprine, antihistamines and permethrin. Now I’m craving all of these foods.

  8. Dr. Fischer January 22, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    I see this frequently. When there is a nutritional deficiency in sugar handling minerals like zinc and chromium, a swell as inadequate B vitamins, sugar cravings will occur. The body will also crave sugar when it is dehydrated, The cells cannot take in the proper nutrients to make energy because there is not enough water to move the nutrients into the cells. Contact me for more specific info. Dr. Fischer 734-664-0339 or [email protected]

  9. Where are the sweets January 21, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    I was diagonosed with breast cancer 4 years ago and then a year ago mestatic breast cancer. Since then I have been craving sugar. I am now in highgrade remission but still crave sugar. I am fatigued and tired.

  10. Anonymous September 2, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    you are very very smart. thank you for sharing your valuable information.

  11. Anonymous February 2, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    I found this article, as an overview, very very helpful and concise. I really appreciated how each section is short, and made it easy to read and assimilate.

    thank you!


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