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Conquering Cravings

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I read a blog this morning which made me think about this.

The writer is a vegan and writes about how she no longer craves unhealthy foods.

For the last few weeks we have followed the principles of Dr Fuhrman's Eat To Live regime. This is often termed the nutritarian diet and involves a preliminary 6 weeks of mostly vegetables, cooked and raw, fruit and legumes. Later, some small amounts of more calorie dense foods are introduced. It is working for us and I suspect this is our lifetime food plan.
Although I am at a reasonable weight now I am losing those last few pounds; my husband, who has been an insulin-dependent diabetic (Type 2)for forty years has vastly reduced his insulin, and all this without the cravings that usually strike us during periods of healthy eating!

I wonder just why this is happening:

1. We have to eat an awful lot and the bulkiness of the vegetables means that we are always satiated.
2. There is no requirement to count calories, so that we spend less time obsessing about which food we should/should not have, and in which portions. There are some portion requirements but they are very easy to assess.
3. Because the plan is plant-based there is less overall choice and therefore less temptation. When shopping I now never go near the butchery, confectionary, bakery or cheese aisles - I am too busy sorting out which vegetables, fruits, legumes and nuts to choose! (I feel a little traitorous at this point because I live in a dairy and meat producing country, but I don't think I'll break the national economy with my lifestyle!) In the aisles I now frequent I don't encounter the enticing little bargains and treats that are the downfall of the healthy eater.
4. Probably the MOST IMPORTANT factor is that eating in this way is designed to ensure that all nutritional requirements are met. I've stopped feeling I'm low in iron and therefore can justify the bar of chocolate; I don't crave deli meats and cheese on the grounds that I need more protein. Despite my low blood pressure I haven't even thought about extra salt in meals - a bit of miso soup or celery does the trick.

The real test of the endurance of the Conquest of the Cravings will come in October when we are away from home for a while. At the moment I am cautiously optimistic that we will manage well. Will keep you posted, dear Readers!
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    Interesting blog for me to read. I like your analysis of the factors. I used to be a binge eater, so I know about cravings! In the 8 weeks I've been on ETL the amount of binges I had decreased drastically. So that's motivating!
    1960 days ago
    I totally agree with you. I feel like I could written your blog--except for the hubby part. He wont touch vegetables! Darn. emoticon Chris
    1976 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and all those good things!
    1977 days ago
    Thank you for a very informative post! This is great news because I was thinking of getting a copy of that book...

    I have found now that I am older I dont crave meat products anymore, and I dont eat any processed food at all :)

    Eating when away is always a challenge :)
    1978 days ago
    sounds great Penny
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  • MJ7DM33
    WOW! Thanks for sharing!!!
    1978 days ago
    Sou8nds great to me Penny ..
    I follow most of what you have talked about and I am rarely hungry ..In Fact, I can't eat sweet or fatty food any more it makes me feel ill !

    Take Care my Lovely friend Thank you for all your support
    Much Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1978 days ago
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