Ayurveda: what our food cravings mean

Mindful eating

Ayurveda is a complex medical system that works with the individual. While there is no quick fix to overall health and well-being, the key is to find balance.

When it comes to food cravings, many of us don’t realise that they are more than “just wanting something sweet”.

Comfort cravings

These cravings are the desire for comforting, sweet, creamy foods. But this feeling we all know too well, is really a desire for something warm, calming and nurturing. The craving often accompanies feelings of anxiety, insecurity, worry or sadness. In terms of Ayurveda, it is an expression of a Vata imbalance.

To satisfy this craving:

  • have a loving, memorable conversation with a friend
  • listen to “sweet” music
  • using a dab of sweet essential oils, give yourself a massage
  • drink warm fennel tea.

Energy cravings

This is the desire for a quick pick-me-up; a coffee boost or a rush from a fizzy drink or chocolate bar. However, it is actually the body wanting something stimulating following feelings of lethargy, dullness or depression. This form of craving is a symptom of a Kapha imbalance.

To satisfy this craving:

  • listen to loud, upbeat music
  • book a “vigorous” massage
  • use strong oils, such as bergamot or rosemary
  • drink ginger or spiced tea with honey.

“I need to relax” cravings

The craving for quick, finger foods such as salty crisps and crunchy nuts, indicate feelings of extreme frustration and anger. When you are feeling annoyed and stressed, your Pitta becomes unbalanced.

To satisfy this craving:

  • take an evening walk
  • book in for a calming massage
  • use sweet aromas, such as sandalwood or jasmine
  • drink cardamom or liquorice tea.
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Ellen Hoggard

Written by Ellen Hoggard

Ellen is the Content Manager for Memiah and writer for Therapy Directory and Happiful magazine.

Written by Ellen Hoggard

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