We all have bad food cravings. A pint of Haggen Das after a long day at the office. A plate of super nachos smothered in cheese, sour cream and guacamole. Handfuls of tiny candy bars to help bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. These energy dense foods flood a burst of sugar to our brains that temporarily make us feel great. But the crash inevitably follows and so do the renewed cravings for more bad food. Bad food does become an addiction, causing us to eat more bad food just to feel good. Unfortunately, eating a lot of bad food causes us to feel terrible, gain weight and experience devastating long-term health problems.
It is hard to avoid the triggers for our bad food cravings – we all experience stress and boredom and mood swings. But remaining a slave to these bad food cravings is not inevitable. We have found a way to minimize or eliminate the bad food cravings all together. Best of all, we have given up nothing and do not feel as if we are depriving ourselves of anything.
Start The Day Off Right
We’ve all heard the old stories about eating a good breakfast – but what does that really mean? The answer is different for each of us. Some people operate better when they eat some heavy carbs or protein in the morning and others, like Dan and I operate better when we start the morning off with juice and then gradually work our way up to the heavier foods as the day progresses. The important things is that what ever you put in your body in the morning, it should be healthy fuel for your body. A simple rule of thumb is to stick to food that is as close to nature as possible and pay attention to how you feel 20-30 minutes after you eat. If you feel sluggish and tired, that means that you either ate too much or it was the wrong type of food for your body.
You Do Not Have To Give Anything Up
One of the best ways we have found to start the day off right and eliminate bad food cravings later on? We have a green juice or green smoothie for breakfast every single morning. That’s right. We invested in a juicing machine over a year ago and have been juicing ever since. We gave up nothing, but added healthful green foods through juicing. We did this every single morning and over the period of a few months, we just did not want to eat bad food any more. The best part: we didn’t intentionally plan on giving up our favorite bad food! Somehow, the effect of green juicing has reduced the craving for bad food. We just don’t seem to crave the ice cream and nachos anymore.
Why Green Foods Reduce the Craving for Bad Foods
How can drinking a green juice or a green smoothie in the morning reduce the craving for bad food? We all know that green foods like spinach and kale are nutritionally dense. Juicing provides a huge amount of nutrients in one small delicious glass. It could be that the nutrients in green foods make us feel nutritionally satisfied. As a result, our bodies no longer constantly crave bad food for purposes of refueling. Starting off the day with a green juice or a green smoothie certainly seems to provide a steady source of energy over a longer period of time. We no longer experience the huge spikes in blood sugar levels followed by the devastating crash. As a result of drinking green foods, we have more energy to exercise and engage in the other projects we love. Drinking green foods helped us break the vicious cycle of desperate craving for bad food naturally and with very little effort. Over time, the practice of juicing simply became a lifestyle habit that has made a huge positive difference in our lives.
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Try having a green juice or green smoothie every morning for 30 days and see how you feel! Let us know your experience with green foods.