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Health at Every Size - these are the buzz words around the internet these days. Are you healthy? Do you want to be healthier?

What is health? The World Health Organization defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Being healthier doesn't mean losing weight. To you it might mean:

We would like to introduce you to a blog series on Intuitive Eating. This blog is written by Danielle Lithwick M.A., founder of Move Out Of Madness. With over a decade of combined education and experience in nutrition, yoga, psychology, addiction counselling, mindfulness, and personal training, she believes that how we move and how we eat should nourish not only our bodies but also our minds. Her mission is to teach people how to take the simpler and saner approach to exercise and eating using a personalized, skills-based, and compassionate approach to change. Her coaching services are rooted in non-diet and weight-neutral approaches to health and in the values of education, empowerment and enjoyment. She lives in Ottawa, ON Canada.

To read the series of blogs click the links below:

We are very happy to announce that we have a Registered Dietician on staff who will be writing our Health At Every Size series as well as answering a reader's question each month. You can read about Shari's philosophy and experience on our staff page. If you have a question for Shari, please email us at

Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to be a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical, health or nutritional advice.

Your Nutrient Guide to Crushing Food Cravings

So, we looked a little bit into:

(1) Trying to understand the whys behind your food cravings
(2) Understanding the root causes of food cravings
(3) The foods your body needs to keep food cravings at bay

In this article, I'll briefly cover the nutrients your body needs to prevent food cravings.

But remember that simply popping supplements, even high-quality ones, without eating a real food diet can only do so much.

Because your body needs food co-factors - substances naturally present in real foods and which work together to provide a specific benefit - to be able to use nutrients in supplements.

Wondering what I mean by 'real foods'? Well, these are simply foods that your grandparents would recognize. That is, foods that don't come with a list of ingredients you can't even understand.

And keep in mind that all supplements weren't created equal. There are synthetic vitamins, such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and then you have natural vitamin C supplements like amla, camu camu, or acerola cherry. Ascorbic acid is a mirror image of natural vitamin C and your body can see the difference between the two. And it can't use ascorbic acid.

But moving on.

Let's look at those nutrients that can crush food cravings.

1. B-vitamins

Remember how stress can trigger food cravings? Well, your body needs these water-soluble vitamins to manage stress and keep your brain healthy.

Food sources:

What to look for in supplements:

2. Magnesium

This mineral is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. And it tends to get depleted when we're stressed out or tired.

Food sources:

Note: Our soil is very depleted in magnesium due to extensive farming. So, magnesium is one of the supplements my family and I take on a daily basis and which I often recommend to my clients.

What to look for in supplements:

3. Zinc

Want mental clarity? Get more zinc.

And zinc also helps maintain your hydration status. If you're not properly hydrated, you've got higher chances of being plagued with food cravings, especially sugar cravings.

Food sources:

What to look for in supplements:
First off, if you choose to supplement with zinc, talk to your healthcare practitioner who will identify the best type of supplement and the correct dose for you. Because taking too much zinc can decrease your iron and copper levels. And high doses (100 - 200mg) of supplemental zinc can cause vomiting and GI issues.

Submitted by: Shari

Feel free to post about your own journey with Health At Every Size, any questions you may have or suggestions for future topics on our Facebook page. Shari also has her own website .

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