Cravings, most of have them while pregnant. Whether it’s chicken and waffles, pizza, or just a bowl of good ol’ vanilla ice cream (with pickles??), we all have a favorite dish or item that we crave while preggos.
But what causes those cravings? Could it be a childhood memory that we hold on to? Maybe we are addicted to certain types of foods and not even realize it? With Valentine’s Day past us and Easter around the corner, there is one thing that is all over the shelves at your local grocery store: CHOCOLATE! Being a chocolate addict myself, I wonder if it is beneficial to our health; so we did some research.
Some of us tend to rely on chocolate and sweets for comfort food. High levels of stress make women AND men crave chocolate, since increasing serotonin levels lead to significant reductions in anxiety. It is chosen by emotional eaters, since consuming it can raise serotonin levels and help comfort eaters forget about their emotional problems, low self-esteem or mildly depressed mood.
Chocolate contains fat, caffeine, and sugar so when our blood levels are down; a piece of chocolate is the perfect fix. Sometimes women have low levels of Magnesium and that is when our body starts to crave chocolate. Similarly, a craving for red meat seems like a transparent cry for protein.
Nutritionists and healthcare practitioners believe that certain cravings are meaningful. For example, cravings for ice have been linked to an iron deficiency - even though none of those items contain significant amounts of iron. A number of the moms have consumed large quantities of ice, which they had never craved before, during their pregnancies.
Studies have shown no link between cravings and nutritional requirements but if people craved what the body needs, we would all eat more greens and less chocolate. So at the end of the day, if you’re craving a cheese wiz sandwich or pickles and ice cream, go for it!
The staff at Go Mama Go Designs are huge fans of Chrissy Tiegen’s new cook book, Cravings, and many of us are enjoying the recipes even without a bun in the oven. “Cravings” is full of DELICIOUS recipes such as the Hawaiian pizza, Jalapeno poppers and Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe. You will not be disappointed!
Posted in Go Mama Go News
By Georgia Fiebrich