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Sep 9nd

When the Cookies Beckon…

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One of the hardest parts about an elimination diet is dealing with temptation. Whether it’s the gooey cheeseburger or the Double Dutch ice-cream, when temptation hits it can be very hard to kick that craving and stay on track. Giving in to those temptations, although momentarily satisfying will leave you feeling set back and defeated, this is where a little planning can go a long way to help prevent you from falling into craving disaster mode.

It is said that no one plans to fail, only fails to plan; and nowhere is this more true than when planning a detox or elimination diet. Before you even think about removing food groups from your diet it is important to have a clear understanding of your relationship with food and identify what foods you crave and when. It is not uncommon for people to crave foods they have a sensitivity or allergy to, so eliminating these foods can be a challenge. Other highly sensitive foods like caffeine and sugar pose problems because we become chemically dependent on them and our bodies go into withdrawal without them. Sugar and refined grains can be exceptionally difficult to kick if you have an underlying Candida imbalance. I always try to eliminate foods slowly one at a time so as not to become overwhelmed, also I eliminate the foods hardest to give up about 1/3 of the way through the elimination process, as a way to ease my way into it.

Another important Thing to keep in mind is why we crave certain foods to begin with. Our bodies are finely tuned machines and when we crave something strongly it is because our body needs (or perceives) it needs something that the food will provide. The chart below outlines some common food cravings and some healthy alternatives that may help stave off the cravings.

 

If you crave this… What you really need is… And here are healthy foods that have it:
Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Sweets Chromium Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
Carbon Fresh fruits
Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains
Sulfur Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toast Nitrogen High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, fatty foods Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or tea Phosphorous Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
Sulfur Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
NaCl (salt) Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
Iron Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol, recreational drugs Protein Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy,
Avenin Granola, oatmeal
Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Glutamine nuts      Supplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice
Potassium Sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing ice Iron Meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Burned food Carbon Fresh fruits
Soda and other carbonated drinks Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foods Chloride Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foods Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Cool drinks Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Pre-menstrual cravings Zinc Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
General overeating Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Lack of appetite Vitamin B1 Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
Vitamin B3 Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes
Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Chloride Raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
Tobacco Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables

One technique that I like to use is drinking a glass of lemon water, I find that it will often reduce the craving and make it easier to move on. Taking a walk or doing some deep breathing can also help keep your mind off the things you can’t have, especially if there is a boredom or comfort associated with the food being craved. Staying well hydrated and eating frequently so that you don’t feel hungry can also go a long way, keep healthy foods in your bag or purse to help keep the munchies from driving you to the naughty list.

Sticking with it should have you feeling pretty awesome after about a week or so, and the cravings should slowly taper off. You are well on your way to a healthier, brighter you!

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