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!