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How to Cope With Food Cravings

Lisa Says:  Saying that I used to crave carbs and chocolate is an understatement. At times, it was all consuming and the Beast HAD to be tamed!  In the last year that we’ve changed our lifestyle to fresh, and whole foods to address Rex’s cancer naturally, one of the things I noticed was an absolute [...]

Lisa Says:  Saying that I used to crave carbs and chocolate is an understatement. At times, it was all consuming and the Beast HAD to be tamed!  In the last year that we’ve changed our lifestyle to fresh, and whole foods to address Rex’s cancer naturally, one of the things I noticed was an absolute loss of desire for anything sweet.  Don’t even care about chocolate anymore.  Carb cravings tend to indicate my seratonin is out of whack so I address it that way.  Not that I won’t have my organic garlic redskin mashed potatoes at times, but it doesn’t rule my life.  Candida overgrowth was an issue also so I did a couple of rounds of Yeast Detox http://www.mynsp.com/rex/products/guide.aspx?stockNum=508

ARTICLE by  Friday, May 30, 2008 by: Sheryl Walters

(NaturalNews.com) Strong cravings for starchy, sugary foods often go hand in hand with being overweight, chronically tired, feeling blue or other symptoms of ill health. They can be the result of out of whack blood sugar levels, Candida (yeast overgrowth), and adrenal fatigue. These imbalances can potentially cause disease, premature aging, and us to feel far less than our most fabulous selves.

Fortunately, there are some great ways to overcome your cravings. Here are some tricks that will keep you from longing for that cake and desperate for that large packet of potato chips.

Avoid your cravings for 2 weeks

“You crave what you eat, so if you switch what you’re eating, you can weaken your old cravings and strengthen new ones,” says Marcia Pelchat, PhD, of the Monell Center.

Research shows that even after 5 days you will find that your body will yearn for your trigger foods far less, and after two weeks the cravings are nearly gone.

On a physical level, your blood sugar will begin to balance out, so your body won’t be crying out for foods that it falsely thinks will balance things out. On an emotional level, you will know that it is possible to live without those foods, and you will most likely notice some improvement in your wellbeing, which will keep you motivated.

Get Active

Most food addicts say that exercising and eating healthy coexist. Exercising makes you want to eat healthy. Physically, exercise balances the body so we are less likely to lust for the foods that aren’t good for us.

Find ways to relieve stress

Stress can trigger your cravings. Finding ways to deal with stress is essential for every aspect of our wellbeing.

There are thousands of ways to manage stress; you just have to find what works for you. Walking, affirmations, meditation, yoga, talking to friends, deep breathing, visualisation, and listening to music are just some of the most powerful stress relievers.

Keep your House a Craving Free Zone

If you have the foods that you pine for in your house, you will make your cravings even stronger. It is much easier to resist something that is at a shop than it is to resist something that is within your reach.

If you have something in the house that is making you crazy, destroy it. “Don’t just throw it away; run water over it, ruin it. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that you’ve licked your binge,” says Caroline Apovian, MD, director, Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center.

Get Nuts for Nuts

I find that when I start dreaming of a piece of toast (one of my favorite foods to long for), I eat almonds or walnuts. They fill me up and seem to balance out my blood sugar levels. Both of these nuts are packed with good fats and nutrients.

Have Plenty of Treats Around

If you are devoted to sweet things, make sure you have plenty around. There are many healthy sugar alternatives that won’t cause cancer (as some alternatives have been found to), and won’t send your blood sugar levels through the roof. Discover some of them here, and get baking!

Raw chocolate, for example, is now being hailed as one of the healthiest foods on the planet! Or make some Healthy Smoothie Recipes as a treat.

Distract yourself

“Cravings typically last ten minutes,” says John Foreyt, PhD, of Baylor College of Medicine. If you know you have ten minutes to kill, run an errand, put on two of your favorite songs, go for a walk, or call a friend.

Have a Plan

One thing that will make the foods you dream of even more irresistible is if you don’t have a plan. You need to know what you are going to eat. Buy recipe books or go online to discover new foods to help you through your mourning period.

When you leave the house, make sure you have plenty of foods with you that will deliver you from temptation if you become hungry, or if you are going to a party.

Get Excited

Know why you want to nip your cravings in the bud. This is the most essential path to changing your diet. Perhaps you know that unhealthy eating is going to affect your health. Maybe you want more energy, maybe you want to feel happier, perhaps you want to lose weight. When your reason for giving up foods exceeds your craving, it becomes easy.

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Mastering the pH Balancing Act Can Improve Your Health Significantly

Rex Says: it’s common sense.  The first thing I did in curing my cancer was to balance my pH.  In the first 3 months, I lost 40# naturally, my cholesterol and liver functions normalized dramatically, and conditions like my allergies have just disappeared.  The body cannot possibly function as it was designed to without it [...]

Rex Says: it’s common sense.  The first thing I did in curing my cancer was to balance my pH.  In the first 3 months, I lost 40# naturally, my cholesterol and liver functions normalized dramatically, and conditions like my allergies have just disappeared.  The body cannot possibly function as it was designed to without it being  balanced chemically – this is not rocket science.  What happens to fish in a dirty fish tank?  We found The pH Miracle by Dr. Robert Young to have the best info and highly recommend it.  Balancing your pH is your first line of defense in addressing ANY health issue.  Absolutely fundamental.  Other than diet, we use liquid chlorophyll and pH Green Zone.
I don’t even snore anymore !

article from by Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. at http://www.naturalnews.com/z022875.html

NaturalNews) With the aging population of the United States, the incidence of so-called age-related diseases should be expected to rise. In fact the incidence of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and a host of other diseases have been steadily rising for all age groups until it has reached epidemic proportions. That is because the factors of stress, lack of physical activity, environmental pollutants and a diet high in acid-producing foods collectively create the underlying cause of most degenerative diseases: acidosis.

Proper Acid/Alkaline Balance is Fundamental

What is acidosis? It is the reduced alkalinity of our blood and tissues. Why is this so important? Our body stays alive and healthy only because all of its 100 trillion cells communicate with each other. They do this through electrical, chemical and hormonal processes. In order for these signaling mechanisms to work, the body’s internal environment must be in a slightly alkaline state. If our body becomes too acidic, it adversely affects the functioning of all its parts: heart cells, blood cells, brain cells, nerve cells, muscle cells, bone cells, even skin and hair cells. Obviously, this leaves us vulnerable to all sorts of health problems.

The acidity or alkalinity of a substance is usually expressed as a number on the “pH” scale. The pH scale goes from 1 to 14, with 1 being most acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 most alkaline, (The symbol “pH” is the abbreviation for “power of hydrogen,” a measurement of the concentration of hydrogen ions). For blood, a pH level of 7.43 – just slightly alkaline – is optimal. Levels lower than 7.0 indicate an overly acidic state (acidosis) while levels above 7.5 indicate an overly alkaline state (called alkalosis).

The Problem with Chronic Acidosis

Acidosis begins when the body cannot properly dispose of excessive acids building up in the bloodstream. The body attempts to maintain proper pH balance by eliminating the excess acids through the kidneys, lungs and skin or by neutralizing the acids during the processes of digestion and cellular metabolism. However, when too much acid is produced, the body cannot keep pace. The excess waste overwhelms the system, polluting the blood and impairing the ability of the body’s cells to communicate.

In an effort to protect vital organs, the body diverts the harmful acids to store in tissues, joints and bones. This might make the organs temporarily safe, but the diversion can cause joint and skeletal problems such as osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis; skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema; and tissue problems such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

Over time, the acids build up in the organs where they begin to disrupt normal functioning. This produces more waste, which further lowers the body’s pH level. The decreased pH level means that the body is inundated with more dangerous acids and the problem becomes even more severe. Without restoring balance, cell walls harden and solidify. Our organs deteriorate as the cells die off, which further exacerbates our acidic condition. Now the body’s state of acidosis is a prime breeding ground for pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, molds and parasites, which feed off of the diseased tissues and organs. Acidosis literally destroys the body from the inside out, paving the way for disease to take over.

In an attempt to neutralize excess acids, the body draws on its store of alkalizing minerals. Calcium, magnesium and sodium are drawn into the bloodstream at the expense of the bones and organs that these minerals were taken from. The bones are often the hardest hit, as they are drained of their necessary calcium reserves, leading to bone thinning and an increased risk of osteoporosis, rheumatism and fractures. The teeth also suffer as a result of the demineralization, making them more brittle and cavity-prone.

Keeping the body in an acidic state for a prolonged period of time can dramatically accelerate aging. Cellular structures become altered. Cell membranes become narrower and weaker. The cells eventually begin making “mistakes” as they try to repair and regenerate themselves. Acidosis inhibits the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is the principal protein of our bones, cartilage, tendons and skin and provides rigidity. Elastin is a protein that gives our skin, blood vessels and organs elasticity. Without collagen and elastin, the body loses its youthful appearance, as it is no longer able to sustain moisturized and wrinkle-free skin. Internally, the body is also aging more rapidly. The premature cell death impairs brain function as the neurons can no longer properly conduct impulses. We begin to experience memory loss and the abilities to learn and reason decline.

With untreated acidosis, excess acids within the body attack the tissues and organs, resulting in inflammation, lesions and hardening of organ tissues. The skin and kidneys are especially sensitive to the harmful acids. Hives, eczema, blotching and itching can occur from acidic sweat passing through the skin’s pores. The kidneys can become inflamed, which can lead to frequent urinary tract infections. Hardening of tissues and inflammation are also contributors to cardiovascular disease, and the resultant increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

In a state of acidosis, there is less oxygen available to the body. Many pathogens live in oxygen-deprived environments. Acidosis, then, makes the body a prime breeding ground for harmful microorganisms to live. Acid buildup also takes a nasty toll on the body’s immune function by seriously diminishing the production of white blood cells. The white blood cells that are generated are of reduced strength, making it even easier for disease and infection to take hold within the body. Dangerous microorganisms can now spread throughout the body, seeking out weakened areas. They break down tissues and interfere with biological processes, leaving behind a deadly wake of waste, which further perpetuates the acidic state.

Chronic acidosis also contributes to a state of insulin resistance within the body by interfering with glucose delivery to the cells. Normally, ordinary levels of insulin will escort glucose into the cells. With acidosis, the cell receptors fail to recognize the insulin hormone and deny it access to deposit the glucose, causing sugar to build up within the bloodstream. The pancreas, unaware of the insulin resistance, steps up insulin production in an effort to pump out enough of the hormone to remedy the situation. The body interprets the lack of glucose within the cells as starvation and begins to convert every calorie into fat. As a result, obesity and diabetes ensue.

Restoring Acid-Alkaline Balance

The most effective way to reduce acids within the body is by enacting dietary changes. A proper diet should be comprised of 60-80% alkalizing foods and 40-20% acid-forming foods. The Standard American Diet is mostly made up of acid-forming foods including coffee, tea, wine and most proteins (with the exception of milk, butter, soft cheese and almonds) as well as most fats, cereals and sugars. On the other hand, almost all fruits and vegetables (except for tomatoes, cranberries and blueberries) are alkalizing.

Dietary supplements can also be very effective at restoring an alkaline state to the body. Calcium, magnesium, potassium and pH balancing supplements like pH plus or Mega Greens plus MSM by perfectlyhealthy help to maintain normal pH levels. In doing so they also help regulate sugar metabolism, blood pressure, enhance energy and stabilize hormones. Restoring proper pH balance can significantly improve and sometimes even completely reverse chronic conditions. With recognition, dietary changes and supplementation, acidosis can safely be reversed, increasing longevity and improving the quality of life.

About the author

Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. has specialized in Integrative Medicine for over twenty years, using conventional and natural methods to determine and discover the “root of the cause” in her clinic, South Coast Medical Center for New Medicine in Irvine, California, each and every day. Many people come in to the clinic from all over the world with severe chronic illnesses that conventional medical protocols have been unsuccessful treating. She realized early on that she can truly change lives through education as well as treatment protocols.
Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. and her medical staff strives to look at the whole person while exploring the effects and relationships among nutrition, psychological and social factors, environmental effects and personal attunement. Out of frustration of trying to find the right products to help her patients she formulated the perfectlyhealthy brand of products. All perfectlyhealthy products are clinically tested. For more information on recommended products, please visit www.perfectlyhealthy.net or www.perfectlyhealthy.com.

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Facing Emotional Eating, Dieting, Binging, Yo Yo dieting

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“Our relationship to Food is a perfect reflection of our Relationship to Life Itself” 
It matters whether you can see yourself as someone who is capable of change or whether you’ve given up hope.  It matters whether you treat yourself with reverence or carelessness.  Every time you choose love, it matters.
Many people want to lose weight because [...]

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“Our relationship to Food is a perfect reflection of our Relationship to Life Itself” 

It matters whether you can see yourself as someone who is capable of change or whether you’ve given up hope.  It matters whether you treat yourself with reverence or carelessness.  Every time you choose love, it matters.

Many people want to lose weight because they believe it will make them happy and stop their pain. So it’s not so much the weight they want to lose, but the pain.Breaking free from emotional eating is about finally trusting that something else exists besides pain, sorrow, hatred, suffering; and that there is a rhythm, an order, and a natural push for light in every single one of us.

Welcome to Geneen’s website, where you can find teachings, sign up for events, check her latest schedule, order books, CDs and DVDs, and learn about the unexpected doorway of emotional eating.

In Geneen’s Own Words

When I stopped dieting, it was because I glimpsed the possibility that my crazy eating was the sanest thing I’d ever done. If I didn’t reject it, try to be good or measure up to an external standard of right eating or right body size, if I was curious and open about each part of it — what I was eating, how I felt while I was eating, what happened in the moments before I suddenly found myself hacking away at frozen cake in an attempt to get the whole thing into my mouth ten minutes ago — the eating itself would lead me back to the feelings, beliefs, fears that created the addiction. Once I understood what I was using food to do, I could ask myself if there was a more direct way to have what I wanted without hurting myself in the process.

One night after I ate an entire pizza, three pieces of cheesecake, a bag of potato chips and a pint of pumpkin ice cream, I sat down to write instead of going into my usual whirl of “I can’t believe I did that,I am a pig, out of control, hopeless” After about half an hour of writing into the center of the feelings (using a method I’ve since called “writing inquiry”), I realized I believed that being thin meant being in relationships, and given my history of picking “projects” instead of people — men who, like broken cars, needed years of tuning up, Geneen Roth quotethen left and gave someone else the benefit of all my hard labor — I wanted to be alone. But since being thin and being in exhausting relationships were synonymous in my mind, I kept eating to protect myself, believing that being fat made me so unattractive, no one, not even a battered VW bug would want me. When I understood the connection I was making between being fat and being alone, I didn’t have to force myself to eat less; awareness and clear seeing did it for me. Eating whole pizzas and stuffing myself with ten thousand calories at a time no longer seemed exciting. I didn’t have to use willpower. I didn’t have to shame myself. I didn’t have to lock the cookies in cabinets and give the key to my neighbor. I didn’t have to throw my pizza in the garbage and cover it with moldy cottage cheese. Once I saw the tangled wisdom in my eating, it began to unravel itself. Without dieting, without force. It was as if I’d been living in a dark, stale room for thirty years and someone switched on the light. I couldn’t go back to believing that light didn’t exist. No one was more surprised than the me I’d taken myself to be: someone who was destined to trudge through life with fat thighs and an appetite she couldn’t control.

The real miracle wasn’t that I lost weight or that the biggest problem of my life was no longer a problem, it was that all this time, my longing — which expressed itself in distorted eating — was for the right thing but I didn’t know how to listen, to be attentive. All this time, my self — destructive eating was a valiant though misguided attempt at being fully alive. Like a plant naturally curves to the light, I could trust the curves of my heart. I could trust that what I wanted most was to be whole. I was too busy pushing myself, driving myself, judging myself, hating myself, thinking I knew what I was supposed to change into and how to do it. I was like a caterpillar who spent seventeen years shaming myself for not being a better, stronger, thinner caterpillar without ever once considering that being a butterfly was possible. In the end, breaking free from emotional eating is about finally trusting that something else exists besides pain, sorrow, hatred, suffering, and that there is a rhythm, an order, and a natural push for light in every single one of us.
 

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