A Strange Craving

a close-up of a piece of seasoned seaweed

Good Morning, God!

I have developed a craving for seasoned seaweed. I had some at a friend’s home on Thursday and loved it. She told me it was on sale at Longs so I went right out and bought the limit of 5 3-packs.  I have now eaten my way through all but one 3-pack.

There are ten sheets to a pack and they weight a total of 5 grams. So, this isn’t really a lot of seaweed. On the other hand it is a total surprise. Seaweed? Seaweed is not part of my culture so it is odd that I stumbled on it.

I’m wondering if this craving is because I’m deficient in iodine? I just looked on the web for possible health benefits of seaweed. And, sure enough, seaweed does contain iodine which is important for good thyroid functioning. Hmmm. Yes, I guess my thyroid could work better.

All of this is making me think, God. When we get our nutrients from food, our bodies can let us know that we want more! But, that doesn’t happen when we get nutrients from supplements. I can’t imagine “craving” a vitamin pill.

Still, I take supplements. A doctor friend of my dad’s used to scoff and say:  All that will do is give you expensive urine. He wasn’t alone in that view. That was the prevailing “medical” opinion. So SAD, God!

Now, there are doctors like David Servan-Schreiber who are explaining that food really can be our medicine — just like Hippocrates said back in 400 BC.  (The food part of this video comes at minutes 35-45.) Thank You, God, for having made our food — real food — both enjoyable and healthful. And, please, God, help us resist processed food with its sugar and slow fats!

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One comment on “A Strange Craving
  1. adriana says:

    Our family has enjoyed seaweed for many years, I think Costco sells in big jugs, at least they used to.
    Margie, you could be hooked on far worse things!!! Another word for seweed is, think, is Nori? Its great and tastes wonderful and yes, is rich in micronuturients and you cannot manufacture that! So much good food for us comes from the sea!
    We expand our minds in different ways~Today, my mother and I went to a health fair at Wainwright House (a center for Spiritual Healing, Ecology and Retreats, they are one of the original ones in this country) in Rye, NY~about 10 min from where we live. We were exposed to a variety of lectures, all fascinating. One, on Energy Healing was fun and informative, and the presenter, Melinda Martin, LCSW, CASAC, is presentating on Energy Psychology Techniques, it is so interesting. I am registered, as is my mother, to attend this Wednesday.I thought of you, Margie….I believe you would enjoy it.

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