The Craving Test

What does your craving say about you?

I think that the food you’re craving at any moment says a lot about your emotional state. Or maybe even your emotional craving. I know that my food cravings tend to vary with my mood. When I’m emotionally exhausted, I crave fatty food – especially chocolate. When I’m more energetic and amped up, I crave salty food. When I’m physically spent, I crave sweet foods. And when I’m bored, I crave spicy foods.

Some psychological studies back up my intuition about cravings. Chocolate is seen as the ultimate reward food. People who have been working too hard or who have experienced an emotional setback tend to want chocolate. We tend to crave salt when we are dehydrated, and it makes sense that I would crave it when I’m energetic, as I might be more active than usual. Craving spicy food is said to be linked craving excitement. There’s definitely a reason we call it “spicing things up.”

According to research, chocolate is the top reported food craving. I know that’s very true for me… (In fact, it may or may not be true right now!) I also learned that food cravings can be conquered without always partaking. Imagining the smell of eucalyptusΒ or a rainbow is said to cut down on cravings. I don’t know if I believe it, and to be honest, I think I rather just eat the chocolate!

Are you fascinated by the link between food cravings and psychology? Take my latest quiz to discover what your current food craving says about what you’re *really* craving: The Craving TestΒ I hope it doesn’t make you too hungry to take this test, and that you get more insights than stomach rumbles from it πŸ™‚

Comment below and let me know what you get on The Craving Test. Does it fit your current state? Do you agree with my theories about food cravings? And what food are you craving right now?

What do you think?

9 thoughts on “The Craving Test

    1. kari Post author

      I agree that it’s short for a Blogthings quiz. I based it on a study I found, and I liked the topic πŸ™‚ I felt it wouldn’t really be in the spirit of things to augment it with my own conjecture though!

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  1. Tara

    Sweet food. Almost always sweet food, lol.
    “You crave comfort–

    You value harmony above all else. You like to have as calm as a life as possible.
    You tend to be quite reserved. You prefer to be around those you know best.

    You are very focused on what people need and want. You are a good friend to all.
    You don’t try to conform, but you don’t find a need to shake things up too much. You’re happy with what you’ve got.”
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    I’d say that’s a fairly accurate description. I’ve actually thought a lot about what food cravings mean, but more as to what my emotional state is like at the moment. Rather than what it might reflect about my personality. I’ve found that I crave sweet foods when I’m unhappy for whatever the reason may be. And for some reason, salty foods and bread when I’m feeling unbalanced. And, according to your quiz, when I crave salty foods:
    “you crave counterbalance–

    You believe that a good life is filled with interesting experiences. And nothing is going to rob you of them! You are a complex and deep individual. You have many nuanced beliefs, and your mood frequently changes.

    You can see both sides of the coin in life, and you’re good at staying balanced.
    You seek moderation by compensating for extremes. If you’re extreme one way, you’re also extreme the other way.”

    .”…you seek moderation by compensating for extremes.” That’s funny because sometimes after having something sweet I feel the need to balance it with salty, lol.

    Good quiz!

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    1. kari Post author

      Interesting! I’m glad it lined up for you. I have a similar balance seeking intent when I crave bread and salty foods. I based this on a study I found (although I lost the link to it), so I’m not surprised it’s pretty spot on. I think it had surveyed hundreds of people on mood and current cravings πŸ™‚

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  2. Anna

    You Crave Energy

    I wanted something with caffeine, so therefore I crave energy. How insightful, BlogThings! πŸ˜›

    “You are an extremely outgoing and vivacious person. You are the life of the party, even when there isn’t a party.”

    I wouldn’t say I’m outgoing, but I spend much of my time dealing with people.

    “You are energized in all aspects of your life. You are able to keep going when the work day is over.”

    When I’m working, I feel like I can do it forever. Sometimes I have to spend all night on a certain task. Conversely, my energy levels are very low when I’m bored, and often makes me tired.

    “You are both inquisitive and adventurous. If you’re curious about something, you usually go and find out about it.”

    I love learning new things. πŸ™‚

    “You love to be fully engaged and immersed in whatever you’re doing. You love the idea of flow and getting in the zone.”

    I definitely get into the zone when I have an interesting project to work on.

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    1. kari Post author

      “When I’m working, I feel like I can do it forever. Sometimes I have to spend all night on a certain task. Conversely, my energy levels are very low when I’m bored, and often makes me tired.” – That’s a a good insight! I will have to think about that one a bit for myself πŸ™‚

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  3. kari Post author

    I crave energy… of course I do! It’s early πŸ™‚

    “You are an extremely outgoing and vivacious person. You are the life of the party, even when there isn’t a party.”

    This is sort of true. I can be very outgoing, but I am definitely an introvert (as I have said before). I crash at the end of a social event, and I might even sneak away to get alone time during the event.

    “You are energized in all aspects of your life. You are able to keep going when the work day is over.”

    Absolutely.

    “You are both inquisitive and adventurous. If you’re curious about something, you usually go and find out about it.”

    Very, very true!

    “You love to be fully engaged and immersed in whatever you’re doing. You love the idea of flow and getting in the zone.”

    I do love to be this way, but it’s hard to get there. Flow is pretty elusive for me.

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