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What Your Body Is Really Craving By SportyAfros.com Every month I am dying for chocolate and french fries. I am a girl who loves the sweet and salty combination. Food cravings get the best of me, to be honest. I give in so quickly! This is why I won’t allow myself to have junk food in my house. Food Cravings After studying for my sports nutrition certification, I began to learn that my cravings are mainly the result of my body missing nutrients. I figured I would share a few notes about how your body responds to food cravings. Stress and Cravings Sometimes, food cravings are the result of stress. Food can satisfy emotional needs in order reduce anxiety and stress levels. Carbohydrates boost our levels of the hormone serotonin, which has a calming effect. The combination of fat and sugar may also have the same calming effect. What Your Body is Saying Take a look at the chart. What are your food cravings? Sound off: What are your monthly cravings? Are you a chocolate person? A midnight ice cream eater?