January 30, 2008

By Traci Sellers
from Traci’s Transformational Health Principles available at http://www.bestfoodist.com

In order to make permanent changes to my diet, I decided to employ a system that Kal has since named Zero Negative, Positive Plus. When applied to changing eating habits, this simply means that I zeroed out one negative thing I wanted to change, and added in one thing that was positive. Since I wanted to be sure that the changes would stick, I allowed enough time to feel like each change I made was permanent. I also made only one change at a time to keep myself from being overwhelmed. Most importantly for me, I allowed myself to be unconcerned with other areas I wanted to change later. This, more than anything, kept me from feeling deprived and was one of the key factors in my success. (I count myself successful because my changes are still in place after 6 years!) I just kept my focus on the one thing I was changing, and allowed it to become ingrained.

* Zero out one negative thing
* Add in one positive thing
* Allow time for the change to become permanent
Dealing with Cravings
Cravings are a funny thing. It has been my experience that most cravings are either chemical or social and very few have anything to do with nutrition our body needs. You see, whenever an enzyme-deficient, fiberless or waterless refined food is consumed, our bodies will attempt to purge it out. It will take about 24 hours for it to leave our system entirely and will cycle through the blood one last time before its exit. As the last few compounds leave, we re-experience them in the form of a craving for that food. If you are experiencing a craving, look at what you ate about this time yesterday and see if there is any correlation. When I began my transitions, cravings became more and more obvious because I was resisting them instead of mindlessly giving in to them.
I have a couple of strategies I used to cope with cravings: Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink and the Fruit First Rule.
Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink
1 c hot water
2 T honey
2-4 T raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
1. Stir honey into water until dissolved. Add vinegar and stir.
2. Store unused portion in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
When experiencing a craving, this drink will help expedite the compounds out of your bloodstream that are causing the craving.

Drink copiously until the craving subsides.
Note: depending on the intensity of the craving, some people require more than one glass.
Make as much as is required.

Fruit First

The Fruit First Rule is a tool I used when I had decided to give in to a craving. When I began my transitions I had a 4:00 chocolate habit. Every day at 4:00, it would hit me like a ton of bricks, and since I lived across the street from a convenience store, I was able to conveniently get some every afternoon. To gently break the habit, I applied the fruit first rule by eating a piece of fruit (it just happened to be pears) and then getting the chocolate.

After a while, my body so strongly associated the pears with the satisfying of my craving that I was able to drop out the chocolate and be satisfied with the pear. (To this day, pears are still one of my very most favorite fruits–go figure.)



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