What Are Your Food Cravings Trying to Tell You? The 5 Flavors Explained!
- Published on: 29 March, 2017
- Last update: 24 August, 2017
Let’s talk about cravings! How many of you have a pesky craving for sweets when you feel worried (the emotion of the ‘spleen’)? How many of my ladies reach for crunchy, salty snacks before menstruation (which relates to the kidney meridian)?
Cravings are clues. When we’re out of balance, we develop a craving for the flavor that will correct that imbalance.
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), each of the 5 organ meridians correspond to the 5 flavors of food. For example, the “spleen”/stomach meridian corresponds to sweet, so people with disharmonies in the “spleen” will either crave or have an extreme aversion to sweet foods. This craving signal can be helpful if the person listens to it in moderation and consumes mildly sweet foods such as sweet potatoes or oatmeal with honey. But someone who overindulges in extremely sweet foods such as candy or ice cream risks further damaging the spleen.
Here is a full list of the 5 flavors and their related organs so that you can figure out what meridian you need to strengthen:
1️⃣ SALTY: Kidney Meridian / Water Element
✖️ CRAVINGS: potato chips, extra salt on meals, cheese
✅ RELATED EMOTIONS: Fear + Anxiety – When fears surface or are confronted, salt cravings tend to increase to protect and ‘pad’ the body with more water.