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Food Cravings and Nutrient Deficiencies

Found this amazing photo! Here are a list of cravings and what nutrients you are usually lacking when you have those cravings. Also, they add in a list of some healthier food options containing those nutrients you need!

So allergy season is now here, and I have been encountering countless amount of people who are having horrible allergies. Though I am usually the first person to get allergies in the spring, I ended up not having any at all! Every year I would start stocking up on Claritin and would literally have to take it everyday until the fall. So what has changed from this year to last? I am NOT sure if this is helpful to other people, but I DO know that this is the only major difference in my diet since last year. I went gluten-free. I have been reading that most people with allergies and asthma are intolerant to gluten and so since I have been cutting gluten out of my diet, I have not been experiencing any asthma or allergies. Is gluten the reason I’ve been getting allergies? I don’t know. But I do know that I have greatly reduced my allergy symptoms. It could be eliminating gluten or it could be the lack of processed foods I am eating now because I cannot eat gluten. I would suggest possibly trying a gluten-free diet for maybe 1-2 weeks and seeing any results. Anyways, I have read up on some remedies for allergy problems and here are some things to reduce your symptoms:

HERBS:

– Alfalfa, Ephedra, Goldenseal, Horehound, Mullein leaf, Stinging nettle (Actually tried and works!), and wild cherry bark

RECOMMENDATIONS:

– Eat more fruits, veggies, grains, nuts and seeds (raw) –> High fiber diet

– Yogurt or soured products few times per week

– AVOID Processed/junk foods (this should be done even if one doesn’t have allergies)

– Shower and change clothes when you come indoors

— Doesn’t exactly have to do with eating healthily, but there ARE foods that can help.

One thing that I have so much trouble with is falling asleep. It can take about an hour to even TWO hours before I actually fall sleep, and if I sleep too early, I end up waking up so many times in the middle of the night. So, I’ve read up on insomnia and cures for sleeplessness and here are some tips! What I find most helpful personally is drinking warm milk with honey, doing yoga about 1-2 hours before sleeping, staying off electronics an hour before going to sleep, and reading a nice book in bed.

Milk and Honey

1. Eat the right foods before bed. I’ve noticed that when I eat certain foods before bed, I am unable to go to sleep. Some foods, however, help me sleep at night. My personal favourite is drinking a warm concoction of milk and honey.

Foods to eat: high in tryptophan, melatonin, calcium, or magnesium

– Turkey

– Bananas

– Yogurt

– Milk

– Whole grain crackers

Foods to avoid: high in tyramine which increases release of a brain stimulant

– bacon

– cheese

– chocolate

– sugar

– sausage

– potatoes

– wine

coffee

2. Avoid caffeinated beverages after lunch

French Clock

3. Establish a set of habits and follow them consistently for a better sleeping cycle:

– Go to bed only when sleepy

– Set an alarm clock and get out of bed at the same time every morning

– Do not nap during the day

– Exercise regularly in the late afternoon or early evening

Neutral bath

4. Take a hot bath an hour or two before bedtime

5. Keep the bedroom comfortable, quiet, and dark