July 1, 2018

Falafel Salad + Honoring Cravings

Live Menstrual Phase

Summer is here and my body has been craving so many fresh veggies! I believe it’s super important to honor what our bodies are craving. Have you listened to yours lately?

Cravings

Our bodies can tell us more than you may think. I always get the question, “How do you stop cravings?” — Well, I don’t really. And I don’t believe you should! Here’s why: Our bodies are actually pretty good at deciphering what they need. I like to really look at what it is I’m craving, and then think to myself, what could my body be lacking in nutrients? For example, during menstruation, and around that time of the month, women typically crave chocolate. And do you know why? Some of you may be like yes, duh. But for those of you that don’t, it’s because chocolate contains magnesium. To some extent or another, I believe the general population is deficient in magnesium. Magnesium helps with so many ailments, from sleep to smoother digestion, it’s pretty vital. So during your period, magnesium helps with cramps. As your uterus contracts, pain and nausea are the most common symptoms. Magnesium will help ease those spasms — in return, easing pain and nausea. So back to craving chocolate. I believe the best way to honor this craving is by finding magnesium in food. Does this mean run to the store and grab a Hershey’s bar? For me, it does not. I try to eat chocolate in it’s purest form. Raw cacao. I add it to smoothies, baked goods, sprinkle it on overnight oats, drink hot cacao, the list could go on.

Cravings are different for everyone, for this reason, we react to them differently. Having gastroparesis, sometimes it’s difficult for my body to digest a nutrient dense salad. So I don’t always eat salads. If my body is craving this, I try to think of the best way to honor that. Whether it be having a smaller portion at lunch, or tossing a bunch of greens in a smoothie. Both are options I typically use, as opposed to eating a large raw meal at dinner. So feel free to put this into play in your own life!

Eat for YOUR body

Is this always the case and should you always only eat according to this? No. Of course, there will always be exceptions. Sometimes, it’s more important to listen to your heart. What is going to make you feel the best in this moment? I’m not saying to down a pint of ice cream every single day because you want it, but I’m saying don’t deprive yourself. Occasionally, go for that ice cream. Or those boardwalk fries on vacation.  It’s important to make your soul happy too.

I’ll leave you with this falafel salad recipe because it’s what I’ve been craving this summer! I believe this is due to the hot temperatures. My body needs some cooling off and fresh veggies are super hydrating.

I never measure, but here are the ingredients:

  • Greens – I used green + red leaf lettuce
  • Falafel – I used Trader Joes dry mix, baked (super easy and delicious)
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Soft Boiled Egg
  • Kraut – I used Trader Joe’s chilled pickle kraut
  • Balsamic  + EVOO drizzle
  • Tahini drizzle

Key Takeaway

The key takeaway I hope to send you home with, be mindful. Be a mindful and intuitive eater. Love your body. It loves you back, it really does. And no matter what it’s trying to tell you, it’s trying to help. Our bodies are made to heal, sometimes our minds just don’t understand how. That is what I’m working towards. Never stop learning. Nourish with intention. Nourish Sankalpa.

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