Understand the Craving
Recently someone asked about how to handle cravings for foods like pizza, mac and cheese, and nachos. (OMG, I am salivating as I write….) Being hypothyroid, many of us have difficulty eating these kinds of simple carbs and flour. So meals can be especially challenging when we have cravings.
Maybe what you didn’t know is that cravings for these kinds of foods can actually be a craving for salt! And craving salt can be indicator of adrenal stress. According to James L. Wilson, Adrenal Fatigue, some people are able to assess their adrenal function simply by their desire for salt (salt cravings). For people with adrenal fatigue, like me, salt is good for us! Learn more about salt.
Quickly Curb the Craving, Before Bad Things Happen
When I am craving salt, I can quickly curb the craving while also eating healthy and not packing in calories with foods that make me feel yucky.
My tricks are to either drink salted water or chicken broth. As James L. Wilson suggets, salted water can help boost energy in the morning and before the mid-afternoon crash (1/8 – 1/4 tsp., more or less to taste of good salt).
If the salted water tastes bad, or makes you nauseated Wilson explains its a good indicator you don’t need the salt or just need less salt. But if the salted water tastes good that’s how you know you need the salt.
Another solution I make a cup of chicken broth and this goes a long way toward satisfying what my body needs. Salt!
For chicken broth, I use a product called Better Than Bouillionwhich I learned about in a cooking class.
The chef said Better Than Bouillion was a great alternative to homemage chicken broth because its made with real ingrediants and doesn’t have MSG. Plus tastes amazing!
Better Than Bouillion is condensed so I mix about a teaspon into hot water for an afternoon or after dinner snack that’s filling and satifying.
The caveat: it’s more expensive the other chicken broth, for sure. But when you taste it you will understand. A little jar lasts a long time. Plus it’s way cheaper and healthier than pizza, mac and cheese and nachos. Happy eating! xo!