Baby Steps To Getting Healthier Breakdown: Begin Craving Healthier Foods
Who wants to dig deep in order to find the will power to
avoid cut back on (“avoid” is so harsh & final) delicious treats like candy, chips, pastries, cake, cookies, and other yummy foods that aren’t considered healthy?
I know I sure don’t.
Thankfully, there are ways to help your body crave healthy foods MORE and the bad stuff a little less.
1. Take a Good Quality Supplement
Oftentimes, cravings are nothing more than your body’s cry for something it’s lacking.
For example: strong chocolate cravings may indicate a magnesium deficiency.
Supplementation feeds your body the nutrients it craves when not getting them from food.
Now, note that I said, “a good quality supplement!” Don’t get cheap on me here. One-A-Day vitamins (or the store brand knock offs) are not gonna cut it… you will get what you pay for!
Look for something that’s:
- easily absorbed and digested
- natural or, at the very least, doesn’t contain a lot of extra stuff (fillers, etc.)
- preferably liquid, capsulated, dissolvable/sublingual, or chewable
(be wary of chewable pills & gummies, as they may be high in sugar)
Now, this is not to say that as soon as you start taking vitamin-mineral supplements that your cravings are going to instantly and magically disappear. But it’s definitely a first step and, with consistency, you should begin to notice a difference over time.
2. Cleanse & Detoxify
Coupled with the aforementioned, cleansing and detoxifying will put your body in an even better position to begin craving healthier foods more and junk foods less!
Nutrients are absorbed within your colon walls.
But if your digestive system isn’t functioning as it should, your colon can get impacted with fecal matter (a subject that is often debated), which can hinder that absorption.
And we already discussed how lack of nutrition causes your body to signal the need for sustenance which, unfortunately, gets mistaken as cravings for foods that have little-to-no nutritional value. So in essence…
Even if you’re taking supplements, you may not be getting the benefit of them.
Cleansing the colon can help remove the impacted poop, and allow your nutrients to get properly absorbed. Not only that, but after getting all nice and cleaned out, you simply may not WANT to put a lot of garbage back in!
I remember when I got my first colonic. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s basically an enema… on steroids.
Anyway, I felt so clean and light afterward, I didn’t WANT to put anything in my body that would take that feeling away. And, no, it doesn’t stay that way, but it lasted at least a good couple of weeks.
But a good herbal colon cleanse product can give you similar results, but gentler and WAY less invasive than colon hydrotherapy.
3. Eat One Fresh Food or Healthy Meal/Snack Daily
Quite often, eating healthy is simply a matter of changing patterns. If your patterns indicate you rarely, if ever, eat a piece of fruit or a vegetable, gradually change that by incorporating at least one healthy item into your daily dietary habits.
Here are some ideas:
- piece of fresh fruit
- small salad or some carrots & celery sticks
- smoothie or green smoothie
- glass of freshly made juice
- handful of raw nuts and/or seeds
- have a healthy meal replacement shake
From there, you can graduate to several healthy snacks, then to one healthy full meal, then work your way up from there.
4. Up Your Intake of Greens
Greens are one of “those” foods that a lot of people love to hate.
I chalk a lot of that up to preparation.
Have you seen that cute video compilation of kids struggling with eating vegetables? They were gaging, crying, BEGGING to not have to eat their veggies!
One thing I couldn’t help but notice was how PLAIN the vegetables looked – like nothing’s on them. No wonder those poor kids dreaded them so much.
It’s like that with dark leafy greens even more so because, they can be BITTER and if they’re not prepared right, boy oh boy!
My mama used to make cabbage (among other vegetables) and I HATED it because she would boil it and that made it mushy. UGH!
However, when I became an adult and began cooking for my own family, I started making cabbage BUT, I don’t boil it. I either stir-fry it, or sauté it just until it’s kinda tender, but still has a nice crunch to it. Mmmm.
Green leafies are such a great source of vitamins and minerals that help with heart health, bone strength and more, that you really can’t afford to not have them in your diet.
Here are a few ways my family and I enjoy getting our greens in:
- Green smoothies
- Seasoned and sautéed
- Kale chips
- Southern soul food style
- Salads with dark leaf lettuces & greens
(romaine, green leaf, spinach, etc.)
Just do a quick Google search and you’ll find a plethora of recipes. Find one or two favorites and get those greens in!
These are but a few ways to get your body craving healthier foods. Implementation and consistency are key and will bring about the best results.
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