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- Lacking a certain nutrient that the food provides
- An imbalance in blood sugar
- Emotional factors such as depression, boredom, or stress
- Hormones, especially those that occur during menstruation or pregnancy
- Diets that are too restrictive and result in cravings for foods not on the diet
- Seeking comfort through familiar foods
Dealing with Cravings
- Eat a well-balanced diet that contains all the nutrients your body needs
- Avoid diets that are too restrictive by limiting the variety of foods you can eat
- Sometimes cravings occur due to dehydration, so be sure to drink plenty of water
- Cravings can be stronger on an empty stomach, so avoid skipping meals
- Eat a small portion of a food you crave instead of over-indulging
- Choose a healthier alternative to your craving
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.eatright.org
International Food Information Council Foundation http://www.ific.org
Canadian Council on Food and Nutrition http://www.ccfn.ca
Healthy Canadians http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca
Controlling cravings. Nutritionist Resource website. Available at: http://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk/articles/controlling-cravings.html. Accessed December 24, 2013.
Coping with food cravings. University of Rochester Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=2575. Accessed December 24, 2013.
Food cravings and diabetes. Joslin Diabetes Center website. Available at: http://www.joslin.org/info/food%5Fcravings%5Fand%5Fdiabetes.html. Accessed December 24, 2013.
Stop the cravings! Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website. Available at: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442469608. Updated April 2013. Accessed December 24, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 01/09/2014