✒ How To Tackle Your Food Cravings
There are a few things you really need to consider, when going on a diet.
Your body will always need certain elements, it can’t survive without.
So rather than cutting foods out of your diet, supplement them instead.
You don’t have to starve yourself unhealthy, to lose a few pounds.
When you crave CHOCOLATE – you really crave for Magnesium, Carbs and Fat.
Supplement this with nuts and seeds, vegetables and fruits and raw cacao.
You also find Magnesium in nuts and seeds, legumes, leafy, green vegetables, seafood, chocolate, artichokes and “hard” drinking water
You can find Carbs in dried fruits, healthy sugars & candies, syrups and sweeteners, cereals, fat free snacks & potato products, cookies & cakes, rice, flour, jams & preserves and bread products.
And Polyunsaturated Fats in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils such as corn and safflower oil, and fatty fish and Monounsaturated fats in Canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados.
When you crave SALTY FOODS – you really need Chloride and Silicon.
You can supplement Chloride with fatty fish and goats milk, beef, pork, sardines, cheese, olives, corn bread and sauerkraut.
And you can find Silicon in nuts & seeds; like peanuts, almonds, flaxseeds and especially cashews; bell peppers, soy beans, oats, brown rice, barley, burdock root, apples, oranges, raisins, grapes, millet, cucumber, hemp leaves, horsetail, marjoram, spinach, radish, Romaine lettuce, tomato, Nopal cactus.
When you crave SUGARY FOOD – you really crave Sulphur, Carbon, Tryptophan, Chromium and/or Phosphorus.
You can find Sulphur in eggs, meat, legumes, nuts, dairy products, coconut, banana, pineapple, watermelon, broccoli, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, watercress, horseradish, cabbage, kale, asparagus, sweet potatoes, leeks, peas, chives, avocados, cauliflower, onions & garlic, tomatoes and cranberries, as well as coffee, tea and cocoa),
Carbon in fresh fruits, meat, vegetables and gains,
Tryptophan in cottage cheese, sweet potatoes, beans & lentils, soya foods, eggs, fish & shellfish, oat bran & oats, raisins and spinach, chocolate, dried dates, milk, yogurt, red meat, poultry,sesame, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, bananas, and peanuts.
You can find Chromium in broccoli, barley, oats, green beans, tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, black pepper, cheese, unrefined foods, liver, brewer’s yeast, whole grains, nuts, cheeses and grapes…
and Phosphorus in chicken, fatty fish, scallops, grains & seeds, beef & veal, low fat dairy, cheese, nuts, pork, soya foods, beans & lentils, vegetables and eggs.
When you crave CARBS, like bread and pasta – you really need Nitrogen.
And Nitrogen is found in high protein food, like fatty fish, seafood, lean meat and poultry, but also in dairy products, nuts, china seeds and beans.
And when you crave OILY FOODS – your body is really asking for Calcium, which you can find in leafy vegetables, seafood, legumes and organic dairy products.
WHAT YOU NEED IT FOR:
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to supports a healthy immune system, to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, it helps bones remain strong and keeps the heart beat steady. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aids in the production of energy and protein. Magnesium may also have its uses in preventing and managing disorders such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes (ongoing research).
Carbs give the body its needed energy. Too little carbs in your diet will sink your blood glucose levels and bring your body in a state of ketosis, which would compromise your brain function and breathing.
Fat consumed in the right form and amount is a required nutrient for the absorption and transportation of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in the body. It also functions as an insulator to preserve body heat and protect organs in the body.
Chloride is needed to keep the proper balance of body fluids. It is an essential part of digestive (stomach) juices.
Silicon is important for your nails, hair and skin and the slowing down of the ageing process.
Sulphur is important for your muscles, skin, hair, nails and bones/cartilage, as well as many other body systems. Sulphur bonds are important to maintain protein shapes and the structure and biological activity of enzymes (which are important for your metabolism and all over health). It is also essential for body cells electron transport system, your metabolism, your insulin function and detoxification.
Carbon forms the basis for all of the organic molecules in the body. It is also essential for your cellular respiration, when cells release their stored glucose as energy for the body.
Tryptophan is an essential amino-acid, which can not be synthesised.
Chromium works closely with insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels
Phosphorus is important for healthy bones and teeth. It is found in every cell and part of the system that maintains acid-base balance.
Nitrogen is needed to make proteins in your muscles, skin, blood, hair, nails and DNA.
Calcium is needed for healthy bones and teeth, it also helps muscles relax and contract, it is important in nerve functioning, for blood clotting, blood pressure regulation and immune system health.
YOUR BODY ALSO NEEDS:
Sodium, which you need for proper fluid balance, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction. *You can find large amounts of it in table salt, soy sauce and processed foods and small amounts in milk, breads, vegetables, and unprocessed meats.
Potassium, which you need for proper fluid balance, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction.
*You can find it in meats, milk, fresh fruits (especially bananas) and vegetables, whole grains and legumes.
Iron, that is needed as a part of a molecule (haemoglobin), which is found in red blood cells, which carries oxygen in the body. You also need iron for your energy metabolism.
*You can find it in fish, poultry, shellfish (especially clams), organ meats, red meats, egg yolks, legumes, dried fruits, dark, leafy greens, iron-enriched breads and cereals and fortified cereals.
Selenium is an anti-oxidant,
*which you can find in grains, seafood and meats.
Zinc is a part of many enzymes. It is needed for making protein and genetic material. It has a function in taste perception, immune system health, wound healing, normal feotal development, sperm production, normal growth and sexual maturation.
*You can find it in meats, fish, poultry, leavened whole grains and vegetables.
Iodine, which is needed for regulating growth, development, and metabolism. It is found in Thyroid hormones.
*You can get it from iodised salt, bread, dairy products, seafood and foods grown in iodine-rich soil.
Molybdenum, which is part of several enzymes.
*You can find it in leafy, green vegetables, milk, liver, legumes, breads and grains and leafy greens.
Copper, which is needed for your Iron metabolism and part of many enzymes.
*You can find it in legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, organ meats and drinking water.
Fluoride, which is involved in the formation of bones and teeth, it also helps to prevent tooth decay.
*You can find it in fish, and most teas, but also in drinking water (fluoridated or naturally containing fluoride).
Manganese is also part of many enzymes
*and found in many foods, especially plant foods.
So you see, a diet shouldn’t be an over-night decision.
To get and stay healthy you need a balanced, well thought trough diet plan.
Take your time and make your PLAN work.
Adjust your snacks to the supplement options above and follow your easy dieting steps (you can find in my other recent post about the best weight loss tips adoreneon.com/health/lose-weight/ ) and eat yourself healthy.
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