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Food Cravings VS Addictions VS Habits

By |February 7th, 2014|

Have you ever had cravings for chocolate or ice cream that would not go away?
Have you ever started eating cookies or potato chips and could not stop till you ate the whole bag?

Afterwards you feel like a failure because you did not control your craving.
You are not just being weak.  There are many reasons why this is happening.

 Cravings VS Addictions!

It is easy to think we are not addicted and simply overwhelmed with cravings.
A craving is a strong desire to consume a particular substance that we sometimes have control over and sometimes don’t. (my definition)

An addiction is a persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance that interferes with your life despite the known consequences. (again my definition)

 I was a sugar addict and a chocolate addict!  That being said, sugar did not devastate my life the same way as heroin or alcohol could. I was not breaking into candy shops at night to steal sweets or spending every last penny to pay for a daily chocolate fix but it did affect my life.

I am happy to say I am no longer an addict.

 5 Reasons Your Addictions Are Not All Your Fault:

  1. When the body is deficient of the nutrients it needs to function, it will reach out for anything to get any form of nourishment. You cannot blame the body for being so hungry.
  2. If you have candida, bad bacteria or parasites; they are always very hungry and want quick nourishment right now!  They love sugar and refined starches the best.
  1. When you crave foods like cereals, grains, and sugar, you maybe addicted to them according to James Braly, MD, York Nutritional Laboratories and author of Food Allergy Relief.
  2. Food additives like MSG are often added to make you addicted to the foods that they are put in.
  3. The processed food industry spends huge sums of money to get us addicted to their food.  It is easier to get existing customers to eat more than to create new customers.

Causes of Cravings or Addictions

Chemical:
One view of cravings or addictions is that they are simply chemical in nature.
Chocolate and sugar for example, gives us a rush of serotonin and dopamine, the same kind of rush you get from street drugs.  We could achieve that same chemical result with healthier means. (see below)

Emotional:
Cravings are often linked to strong memories of past pleasure.  We want to re-experience that emotional feeling.  For example when you were a child, your Mommy may have fed you cookies when you were sad.  You are now trying to re-experience that safe comforting feeling from your childhood.

Spiritual:
Many people view addictions as an indication of a deep rooted void in life that needs to be filled. This will never totally work.  One really must be willing to work on themselves.  AA, for example, is a deeply spiritual program that has helped millions.

 Top Food Addictions.
These are some of the top food  addictions and cravings from our recent poll. Participate in the poll yourself and find out how you match with others.

  1. Sugar
  2. Salty Snacks
  3. Chocolate
  4. Caffeine
  5. Fatty foods.

To overcome my sugar addiction I learned how important it is to:

We may not be at fault for our addictions but we are responsible for dealing with them.
That means being strong and not giving in easily.
It is all about creating new habits which truly take time.

“Everything is habit forming, so make sure what […]

Cherry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bar

By |February 19th, 2013|

Cherry pecan dark chocolate  healthy

This is a totally decadent chocolate that everyone loves that I gave samples to.  This is just one of the recipes from the Chocolate Project where I carefully teach you how to make all the healthy chocolate you would ever want.

Ingredients:

4 squares (approx 112 gm) unsweetened chocolate*
3 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
2 Tbsp unpasteurized honey
1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia
1/4 cup pecans, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup dried unsweetened cherries chopped in half’s

Directions:

  1. Dry roast pecans in a toaster oven or in frying pan (stir frequently so they do not burn).
  2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or very carefully in saucepan.
  3. Oil with coconut oil a small pan of approximately 8 inches square.**
  4. Sprinkle evenly the cherries and pecans in the pan.
  5. When chocolate is melted; remove from heat.
  6. Mix in coconut oil and stevia.
  7. Then mix in honey.
  8. Pour melted chocolate mixture over the cherries and pecans.
  9. Let cool in refrigerator or freezer.
  10. Once set, cut into squares.
  11. Store in covered container in refrigerator or freezer, if desired.

 *Not all chocolate comes in the same dimensions. For example:

Organic Camino Chocolate is in a 200 gm package with 36 rectangles.
200 gm divided by 36 = 5.55 gms X 20 rectangles = 111 gms.
What you need to do is use approximately 112 gms.

Give Healthy Chocolate as Gifts for Your Family and Friends.

This  recipe is just one of the many recipes in the Healthy Chocolate Project.
Each recipe includes video instruction.
Learn how to make an assortment of  amazingly delicious chocolates that’s actually healthy for you.  
Each of them uses small quantities of healthy sugars and healthy oils.

Check  out the  Healthy Chocolate Project