Tuesday, May 31, 2011

CRRRRRAVINGS

Hello lady friends!

We all know how it feels to get a craving for something "bad", usually at around "that time of the month" (sorry guys).

Well believe it or not there is a reason why this happens:
A) Your body is telling you it NEEDS vitamins and minerals that it's lacking in order to function properly.
 OR
B) You have a dietary or hormonal imbalance and your body THINKS it needs carbs or sugars for energy.

The easiest way for your body to get what it needs is by hinting at it with a familiar and easy to recognize food, so that you give it to it quickly (it's easier to crave a piece of chocolate than the taste of magnesium, read below).

Good news is that if you learn how to interpret these cravings and are able to make better choices, you will be much happier in the long run.

I found the list below a long time ago, and it has been extremely helpful in times of crisis.

Print it out and keep it handy, and try this next time you get hit by a craving:
Go over the list and find healthier substitutes that seem appealing, have those as a meal instead. Surprisingly, eating sauteed broccoli and chicken breast with ginger and garlic will take the edge off of that whole baguette or chocolate bar you've been dreaming of inhaling!

** As a side note, it seems to be pretty clear that eating a balanced diet of vegetables, some fresh fruit, lean protein and good fats like nuts and seeds will keep your system in balance. And hey, if you REALLY want that piece of chocolate eat it, and eat it with joy, it's not going to kill you.

Chocolate:
- Magnesium: raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits.

Sweets
- Chromium: broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken.
- Carbon: fresh fruit.
- Phosphorus: chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains.
- Sulfur: cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage.
- Tryptophan: cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach.


Pre-Menstrual Cravings
- Zinc: red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables.

Bread
- Nitrogen: high protein foods like fish, meat, nuts, beans.

Oily Snacks / Fatty Foods
- Calcium: mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame.

Salty Foods
- Chloride: raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt.

Acid Foods
- Magnesium: raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits.

Coffee or Tea
- Phosphorous: chicken, beef liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes.
- Sulfur: egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables.
- NaCI (salt): sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad).
- Iron: meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries.

Alcohol / Recreational Drugs
- Protein: meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts.
- Avenin: granola, oatmeal.
- Calcium: mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame.
- Glutamine: supplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice.
- Potassium: sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens.

Tobacco
- Silicon: nuts, seeds. Avoid refined starches.

Chewing Ice
- Iron: meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries.

Burned Food
- Carbon: fresh fruit.

Soda and Carbonated Drinks
- Calcium: mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame.

Preference for Liquids Rather than Solids
- Water: plain or flavored water with lemon or lime, 8 to 10 glasses a day minimum.

Preference for Solids Rather than Liquids
- Water: you have been so dehydrated you've lost your thirst. Plain or flavored water with lemon or lime, 8 to 10 glasses a day minimum.

Cool Drinks
- Manganese: walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries.

General Overeating
- Silicon: nuts, seeds. Avoid refined starches.
- Tryptophan: cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach.
- Tyrosine: vitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables.

Lack of Appetite
- Vitamin B1: nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meat.
- Vitamin B3: tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes.
- Manganese: walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries.
- Chloride: raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt.

Hope this helps!
Paola

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

WHO RUNS THE WORLD? GIRLS!




I love Beyonce! She is an amazing performer, a genuinely nice person, an incredibly dedicated artist, and she KILLED it at the Billboard awards.

I hope this inspires you as much as it does me.

Enjoy!



p.s: fast forward to the 3:00 minute mark for the show.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

THE (NOT SO) SECRET

Once you deicide to embark on a new journey or adopt healthy habits, you have to stay consistent.

At the start of something new, things always seem exciting: deciding to do it, planning it out, setting the goals... it's like having a new boyfriend! (or girlfriend, if any guys apart from my husband are reading this). The problem is we tend to set unrealistic deadlines for the "transformation" to be completed.

You have to make it a habit for it to work. It has to be part of your daily routine.  You need to respect the time and effort needed in order to see true, long lasting results.

Sometimes life gets in the way, other days you may get bored, and on occasion you may get frustrated and want to drop it, but just . keep . going.

Focus on the smaller victories, not on what you have yet to achieve.

Be kind to yourself and give it your best.

Make a promise with a realistic timeline, listen to your body and take a little break if  and when needed, but just get back on track and continue on your path.

Simply be your best, for yourself, and be proud.

Cheers!
Paola