Do you have a sweet tooth or do you prefer salty snacks? Believe it or not, what you crave says a lot about your body. Tastes are one way that your body communicates with you. If you listen to and begin to understand these subtle hints, you can get some insight into your overall health.

It may be hard to understand the true nature of these messages at first. Often times, we eat from our minds, not our intuition. We choose foods that are easy or fast to prepare instead of listening to what our body is asking for. Albert Einstein was once quoted saying, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Our intuitive mind knows what our body needs. But our rational minds often get in the way.

So to discover your true nature, break it down to the basics:

  1. Spend some time in the grocery store. See what foods (and aisles) you are naturally drawn to. Then meander over to the produce section. Find the in-season fruits and vegetables, and pick up the first three that “speak” to you. What does this little test say about you?
  2. Once you get to the checkout, look over your grocery cart. Do you have a lot of pickles and sour foods? Did you pick up mainly salty things? Are the majority of your items carbs and sweets? When you get home, look through your pantry and fridge with the same thoughts in mind.
  3. Pay attention to your eating habits over the next few days. As you choose a food for a snack or a meal, ask yourself, “Does my body want this or does my mind want this?”
  4. Once you’ve discovered your true patterns, read below. Use these messages as a guide to help rebalance your body.

What Do Particular Cravings Mean?

Tastes are tied to the energetic functioning of our organs. Sweets, like chocolate, sugary foods, and even carbohydrates, signal the Stomach. Don’t forget what you learned in school! All of those carbohydrates eventually break down into sugars.

Does this mean something is wrong with the way the organ functions? Absolutely not. Your physical organ may be working perfectly fine. These tastes correlate to the way the organ functions on an invisible, energetic level. So, if you constantly crave pasta, your Stomach is asking for a little extra energetic support.

How about salty foods? The Kidney loves salty foods, and as the water element, it also loves saltwater fish. If your cravings tend toward salty foods, give your Kidney some added support.

Are you a pickle lover? You’re heralding the Liver—lover of all things green, sour, and pickled.

Maybe you are someone who loves your foods hot, hot hot! You pour on the Tabasco sauce and order your meal “extra spicy.” If so, read about ways you can give your Lung some TLC.

Constant bitter cravings are messages from the Heart, the King of all organs. Read to discover foods and lifestyle changes that you can incorporate into your life to support this mighty organ. And don’t forget to smile!

Dragon's Way, Five Elements, Food

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