There are several different types of cravings, but these are three of the most common:
Nutrient cravings: These occur when our body literally craves what it’s lacking physiologically. For instance, women often crave chocolate around their menstrual cycles. Raw chocolate is very high in magnesium, which we all need more of during menstruation to support our cycles.
Emotional cravings: When we are emotionally triggered, we experience an alienation from ourselves and reach to food as a source of comfort. We are all emotional eaters in some way, but it’s important that we pay attention to what’s happening beneath the surface. Check in with yourself from time to time and ask if you're eating because you need nourishment or if you're just emotional.
Balance cravings: The body is a balance-seeking instrument. If you consume lots of expansive substances (like sugar and coffee), you’ll crave contractive substance (like salty foods and cheese). This is the body’s natural attempt to create internal equilibrium. The key here is to eat more neutral foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds to help keep you centered instead of constantly moving from one extreme to the other.