Vol. 1, Issue 7: August 10, 2007
Desk of The Divas
week on the Body
Enlightenment System, we had a special teleseminar on cravings.
That served as inspiration for this week’s article: 5
Survival Strategies to Handle The Most Common Food Cravings.
Next week we have Victoria
and Valya Boutenko who will be doing an exclusive interview
with members of The
Sisterhood. It’s the first time this mother and daughter
duo have come together for an interview and we’re honored
they’ve chosen to make their debut with The
We’ll be talking with them about how to approach
the raw food diet with children, which
is one of Valya’s passions in life. Victoria, the Queen of
Greens herself, will be letting us in on her latest
The Raw Diva Community is growing and we really want
to thank you for helping us spread the word to your friends and
loved ones. We are constantly blessed, impressed and amazed at all
the wonderful people who have come onboard to be a part of what
Thank you. Have a delicious week!
Survival Strategies to Handle Your Worst Food Cravings
By Tera Warner
all been through the tortures of cravings. Just thinking about that
“forbidden” food can send a wave of urgency pulsing
through us that can seem stronger than ourselves. If you’ve
ever heard the expression:
“What you resist persists”
…then you know that resistance is futile, and
the more you try to avoid what you’re craving, the more it
impinges itself upon you.
For those of us trying to implement new
lifestyle choices, handling cravings can feel like it requires
either superhero strength or some kind of magic. Well, The
Raw Divas have called upon both kryptonite and fairy dust to
put a few solutions together that just might help do the trick when
Before we even begin to address solutions for stubborn
cravings, let’s start by addressing the fact that some foods
are ADDICTIVE -- just flat out physiologically addictive. When you’re
trying to remove these foods from your diet, it may require a bit
more gusto to get through the process.
Bread and Grain products (especially wheat)
I’m sure there are more to add to this list,
but these are the most common ones by far. If these are the foods
you’re craving, understand that half the battle is going to
be physiological. Take heart! The following suggestions and tips
will help you to kick these habit forming
foods, but it can be helpful to be aware of the extra challenge
that may be involved in breaking free.
Let’s take a look at the most common cravings
and some possible solutions for them!
Salt Addicts Anonymous
there was such a support group, I would be the founder. There’s
nothing quite as irresistible to me as salt. Who came up with the
idea? I’d like to know. It is beyond me that even though every
sailor knows that if you drink sea water you’re as good as
dead, we’ve decided somewhere along the way, that it would
be a great idea to dehydrate sea water and sprinkle the end product
all over our food.
I don’t believe salt has any place in a diva’s
healthy diet, and for some of us, it’s down right addictive.
If you struggle with salt cravings, then here are
Snack on celery sticks or succulent tomatoes,
both of which are naturally very high in sodium. Try making yourself
a delicious raw soup of blended tomatoes
and celery. Very satisfying!
Also, be sure that you’re getting enough minerals
in your diet. Minerals are best provided in greens. Simply increasing
the volume of greens in your diet may be enough to get rid
of salty cravings. You can also easily and
enjoyably up your mineral intake by choosing to eat a broad
selection of crunchy vegetables.
you got a mouthful of Sweet Teeth?
If you’ve got a regular hankering for sugar,
then chances are that you’re not getting enough calories in
your daily diet. The best way to ensure you’re getting enough
calories is to eat fruit. If you’re
getting enough fresh fruit, there’s no reason you should be
suffering from sugar cravings. Please note that we do not recommend
consuming dried fruit outside of an occasional treat. Fresh fruits
are the best way to meet your caloric needs.
Everyone is responsible for observing the reactions
in their body, but as long as you’re getting sufficient greens,
and avoiding an excess of fat in your diet, there is not reason
to have any fear of fruit or fruit sugars. Nature wouldn’t
have made them so gorgeous and tasty
if they weren’t meant to be enjoyed.
“I’m craving PROTEIN!”
if it’s protein you’re looking for then you’re
best bet is definitely going to be found in crispy, fresh greens
and sprouts. Since sprouts are up to 35% protein and greens like
spinach are between 40 and 50% protein, increasing the quantity
and quality of greens in your diet will more
than adequately meet your ongoing protein needs.
Green smoothies are our recommended way of consuming
sufficient greens. Just take your favorite
fruit smoothie and add any of the following: kale, chard
(take out the stalky part), spinach, lettuce, parsley, mint or celery.
Contrary to popular belief there is absolutely no
problem mixing these leafy greens (or celery) with fruit. Enjoy!
“Feed me FAT!”
you’re craving fat in the form of nuts, avocado, etc., then
chances are that you’ve simply been eating too much of them.
One of the first things that happens to people who overeat fat is
more cravings for fat. This can be true for anything to a certain
degree, but holds especially true in the case of fats.
To help you kick the fat habit, be sure that you’re
getting enough calories, and include more green smoothies in your
Here are a few other reasons that you may be struggling
with cravings and what to do about them:
Insufficient Calories and Under-eating
If you’ve been transitioning yourself to eat
a more raw food diet, and find yourself running into regular
cravings (every few days) then the culprit may simply be that you
are not getting enough calories from your raw food diet.
If you have a tendency to under-eat on calories, then
you do risk running into cravings for cooked foods simply because
your body is looking to refuel from the most efficient source it
can get. (Efficient in the sense of high concentration of calories
To be sure you’re getting enough calories, try
using a free online service such as www.fitday.com.
Are you thirsty?
While it’s true the raw food diet has a much
higher quotient of water naturally
occurring in its foods, when the cravings strike, grab a glass of
water and you may be surprised to see you were actually just thirsty.
This can be especially true in the early days of a new raw food
regimen when the body is hard at work clearing out the remains of
your previous eating habits.
Boredom Breeds Fridge Invasions
If you find yourself spending too much time staring
into the fridge between meals, try getting more active
and involved in something you love.
Get out, get fit, and get productive. When you are actively engaged
in life you will feel better and be less attracted to the
foods that drain your energy or cause you to feel unwell!
A Final Word
Above all, remember that the spirit
with which you enjoy your food affects EVERYTHING. If you
do give in to cravings, well, do it with extreme
gratitude and appreciation
for every bite. Make it a celebration
and leave guilt at the door. Making anything a “forbidden”
food only increases our attraction to it. Continue to choose the
foods that nourish you the most and
you’ll be well on your way to greater
health and energy.
Members of The
Body Enlightenment System participate in a special
course on how to handle Cravings using Emotional Freedom
Techniqes (EFT). They also receive full menu
plans designed to handle the most common causes of craving
and avoid them. If you’ve not yet signed up to take
a test drive of our Body Enlightenment System, you can do
When cravings strike...
...don't be caught unprepared!
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