Let’s say that you just started a new diet or fitness program and are feeling super motivated. You clean out your kitchen and pantry of all the offending foods, you’ve penciled in daily activity, and you’ve decided that this is going to be the time that you finally kick to the curb some bad habits. But then at the end of the week when you got to check on that pesky scale, your weight hasn’t budged (or maybe it’s even gone up!)
In a perfect world, we would be able to get all of our vitamins and minerals from the food we eat. We would be eating a diet rich in vegetables, which were grown in nutrient dense soil, and we would eat high quality proteins like grass fed beef, pastured eggs and wild fish. We would also be eating a wide variety of foods, including nuts, seeds, fats, organ meats, etc.
As a Nutritional Therapist I hear about a lot of different ways of eating. One way that has always intrigued me was the ketogenic diet. I heard so many people talking about its amazing benefits, but to tell you the truth, I was a little scared to take the leap. However, I finally did with the help of Shawn Mynar’s Fat Burning Female Project (link) and I have to say I am thrilled with the results. Now, this doesn’t mean that every single health issue I have was magically solved overnight. Like most health changes, time is one of the greatest healers. And if you keep up a ketogenic diet for a substantial period of time, you reap the most benefits.
Ah, cravings. We all get them. And sometimes cravings can be a really good thing, like when after a few weeks we crave a steak or red meat because our body wants those b vitamins and iron. But cravings can often get out of control, and sometimes it’s not even really not our fault. A lot of us immediately start to blame ourselves and say that we have no will power or self-restraint if we can’t resist a craving, but I think it’s much more important to figure out why we would be craving foods that we know aren’t good for us in the first place. So here are some of the top reasons why cravings are occurring.
When I was growing up, I hardly ever ate salt. Sure, sometimes I would eat chips but my parents never used salt while cooking food and most of my meals were in fact, home cooked (too bad I didn’t appreciate it then!) My parents grew up using salt in their meals, but then all these crazy studies came out saying that salt was pretty much terrible for you as it could contribute to high blood pressure and hypertension and so table salt disappeared from the house.