Day 1 and 8 and 15
Breakfast: 1 cup of green tea Lunch: 2 hard boiled eggs, 1 tomato Dinner: Nothing
DAY 2 and 9
Breakfast: 1 cup of green tea Lunch: apple Dinner: grapefruit
Usually, the foods you crave are not a necessity, and don’t serve a life-sustaining need. Cravings, unlike hunger signals, change over time, even over a time period as short as 10 minutes. They are usually triggered by emotions (stress, boredom, sadness, etc.), an attachment or fondness for a certain food, or just being around the food. Unlike hunger, where any food will satisfy you, only one specific food will satisfy a craving.
How to tell if you are truly hungry:
The desire to eat doesn’t go away, even if you wait.
The desire for food intensifies while you wait.
Even the thought of eating something not that pleasant (e.g., lima beans) still makes you want to eat.
How to tell if you are just having a craving:
You don’t feel any hunger “pains” or experience any physical hunger symptoms.
The thought of eating goes away when you are distracted by other things.
You feel “emotional” about eating a certain type of food (e.g., happy, comforted, guilty, etc.) .
You desire something very specific and not healthy, so not a particular nutrient but more a texture or consistence (e.g., sweet, crunchy, etc.).
Ways to control a craving:
I agree with 99% of this, however… Cravings for a certain food can indicate a deficiency/need for a certain nutrient. Check out this chart. It tells you what your cravings mean and what healthy foods you can eat instead.