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 eucalyptus 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 Test I hope it doesn’t make you too hungry to take this test, and that you get more insights than stomach rumbles from it 🙂
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?