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Be Thankful for Your Cravings

April 11, 2008

We can be thankful for our cravings.

Learning to listen to our body is essential. Cravings are the body’s way of sending us messages to maintain balance. The longer we ignore these messages, the stronger the backlash can be. Yet, most people view cravings as a weakness, something to be controlled through austerity and discipline.

The lesson here is to look for the foods, deficits and behaviors in your life that are the underlying causes of your cravings.

So whenever your body is craving something, pause for a moment and wonder, "What’s really going on here?" When you find yourself impulsively reaching for some food, please take a moment to slow down, breathe and reevaluate the situation and consider what your heart and soul are really asking for.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.