How To Avoid Binges, Cravings and Cheating On A New Diet. (Part 1)
Okay, perhaps you have decided to make some changes and actually are going to follow through with them for your health and the health of your family.
That, my friend is great!
However, I would like to use this section to give you some other tips and ideas so you are not left vulnerable to falling back to old, yet harmful, habits.
Let’s face it; everybody fails from time to time.
No one you know is perfect, and almost everyone can outline at least a few failures. God understands and prepares us for it in Proverbs 24:16. “Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.”
We are not perfect, even in our faith, and God wants us to understand and accept that. So, God helps us back up, but does that mean we dwell on the failure or repeat the same behaviors?
No. God wants us to acknowledge our shortcomings and work to better ourselves. We may also need to give ourselves more practice to get things right.
Jeremiah 8:4-5 – “The LORD said: People of Jerusalem, when you stumble and fall, you get back up, and if you take a wrong road, you turn around and go back!”
So, if you happen to ‘slip’ and fall back into old habits or lifestyles, don’t give up.
That being said, let’s review some essentials that should be the core of the arsenal of weapons to fight against cravings, binges and “cheating” on a new diet.
First, most of us are addicted to fats and sweets. However, on the new dietetic tips and recipes touched on elsewhere in this blog, please do note that with the inclusion of Avocadoes (which are available year round), a few unshelled and seasonal nuts and seeds and coconuts (green and mature ones), you will certainly be provided with all the essential fatty acids you could ever need.
As far as sweets go, come on, what could be sweeter than the following?
-Biting into a juicy mango, watermelon, honey dew or cantaloupe in the summer,
-Some juicy pears, apples, PERSIMMONS and even dates in the fall, and
-Let’s not forget the cactus pears, Organic Papayas, bananas, juicy grapes…!
Folks, as far as satisfying a sweet tooth is concerned, trust me, this author loves sweets. Therefore, I can tell you first hand ALL the aforementioned fruits are really sweet to me.
Now as far as fats go, a point that has to be stressed is that too much fat, even from natural sources such as Avocadoes, nuts and seeds and coconuts could create health problems, when they are consumed in excess!
That’s why the good Lord made such items to be pretty bland tasting so you could really only eat but so much. Trust me, I doubt if you can eat more than 1 or maybe 2 avocadoes (which is about the recommended amount for the average person) without salt. Neither will you be able to eat that many nuts or seeds if they were not salted or shelled for you already. So, there is a method to God’s creation when He made certain foods sweeter than orders so we could instinctively not eat more than we should at a given time.
That said, the main reasons why people eat or feel like they need to eat a lot of fat (especially from junk foods) are
- Fat is a concentrated source of calories: So, we’re accustomed to eating concentrated foods like oils, butter, baked goods.
- The Only Alternative to eating a lot of healthy fruits and vegetable is indeed eating a lot of junk food-To meet our caloric needs, there are basically two options: a lot of fruits with some vegetables or, to aptly put it, junk food.
Now leafy vegetables are so low in calories that it would be impossible to survive on eating just green vegetables. For example, to get 2,000 calories, which is barely enough for most people, one will need to eat 20 heads of lettuce! Can you imagine that?
That said, at this stage, it should be clear that to get our carbohydrate needs met for energy to function, people turn to excessive junk and processed foods like bread, pasta, etc which we have seen are dangerous to us. As a result, the only alternative is to eat a lot of fruit.
Therefore, let that be the main priority when taking on the new and healthier diet prescribed in this book. This will be easier to understand when you discover how much fruit it takes to give someone enough energy to make it through the day. For example, a banana will provide an average of 120 calories, so if you need 2000 calories per day, considering you may (and should) eat other items, it would not be unrealistic to eat about 5-10 bananas, 5-10 apples, 4-6 mangoes etc in one day.
Dear Friends, instead of viewing fruit as a snack as we have been accustomed to while eating a lot of the more concentrated and unhealthy foods, to succeed with this diet, you will have to reverse your views of the quantity of fruit that should be eaten daily.
Foras Aje is an independent researcher and author of “Fitness: Inside and Out”, a book on improving physical and mental health naturally with a Bible-Based Diet and Exercise. For more information on this book or other natural health tips, visit his site at http://www.bodyhealthsoul.com/
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This article is written by Foras Aje, an independent researcher and author of “Fitness: Inside and out”, which provides tips on how to improve and maintain your health using all natural methods. For more information on these guidelines: