Monday, December 5, 2016

Cravings Compromising the Cure

"Every failure will teach you something else about how to succeed."
Brit Morin

Let's be honest. What was the most difficult part in crossing over to the alkaline way of life? That's right! The limited diet!

Was that really  the problem? Or is the real underlying problem self-control? Well, I experienced a bit of both and I still struggle with self-control, not only with eating. But let's focus on the alkaline diet for now because that is what fuels the cure.


Completely crossing over to the alkaline diet 100% is like going to war without first going to basic training or boot camp. Anyone who tells you it is easy is a liar and deserves a swift backhand to the face (just kidding about the backhand). It is truly a struggle for most. Those people who have transitioned easily more than likely were already vegetarians or vegan. Therefore, they only had to adjust a few items from their daily regimen.

Like most of my readers, I was neither. I had just began studying Dr. Sebi a few months before my diagnosis and was slowly transitioning my way to electric foods (the foods found on his Nutritional Guide). But there was no reason for urgency behind it. I was not sick. I only wanted to be at optimal health like Dr. Sebi was. Maybe run a few marathons and kick some butt in basketball. I didn't understand how to put the meals together without any meat or rice. A lot of times I craved warm food and didn't know how to go about doing that with the ingredients I was given. And then there was the issue of availability. Once you begin transitioning to an alkaline diet, with time, you become an avid label-reader and your eyes finally become able to see. Yes, if you are not eating correctly or at least TRYING to eat correctly, you are B-L-I-N-D.

You will not be able to see the death trap the government and FDA has set up for us. Here, I'll be a doll and let you borrow my glasses for a moment. But don't rat me out. I am in full disguise.


Okay, we are all taking the same walk. You are trying to eat right so you can raise the pH level of your body and create an environment within which no disease can survive. Correct? You did well for breakfast. Woke up early and grabbed yourself a banana or a smoothie with Dr. Sebi approved ingredients. You successfully fought the urge to eat items from your past life. You know, things like grits, eggs, bacon sausage, pancakes, coffee or hash browns. Some even have the routine of going to Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks in the morning on their way to work.

Due to the fact that you sacrificed an extra hour of sleep to be proactive in your eating choices, you feel really good about yourself and head out to work with your head up high. You are strong! You have will power! You are accomplished!!!


But noon rolls around ad your stomach is beginning to use endless expletives and calling you four-letter words. Oh my! Where's your strength now? You tell yourself you can handle this. Breakfast was a breeze so lunch should be no problem. Right?


Wrong! Lol. You become frantic, scampering around the building for food. You run to each vending machine but there is nothing there you can eat. You zoom to the parking lot and drive block after block, street after street, and even mile after mile. Nothing but fast food restaurants. And the few who do offer salads only come with cheese or the wrong type of tomatoes, iceberg lettuce (which is a hybrid) or meat. Ugh! "Fuck my life!" you scream.

What do you do? Starve or make a small exception for a cheat?
The truth is, it is going to be very hard to find food which is acceptable to consume out in the streets. Then there are those days that you have already eaten based on the Nutritional Guide but you just keep having these relentless cravings. Cravings will be the death of us all if we don't grab hold of them and put them in their place.

WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING?

Several of my readers have shared with me their most recurrent cravings of foods like sweets and or meats and sodas. My biggest craving was salty french fries, preferably just for its salt content. Sometimes I would buy the fries just to suck the salt off of them. And every now and then, more often around my menstrual cycle, I would crave red meat. But only in the beginning of my diet change.

I tried to make the chart below as big as possible. I hope you all can read it. This is just some things I found on the web concerning cravings. But I will type what the actual researchers found in scientific studies below these charts. I believe the studies would possibly be more accurate.




WHY ARE YOU HAVING THESE CRAVINGS?

CHOCOLATE:
Chocolate is high in magnesium. Cravings often mean your body is deficient in magnesium, which is a common deficiency. 

Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone cell formation.

Instead of giving in to this chocolate craving, there are several other foods which will fulfill this magnesium craving. I will only list the Sebi approved items. Foods rich with magnesium include dark leafy greens, bananas, nuts, seeds, beans, dried fruit and avocados.

SWEETS:
If you crave sweets you may be experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. When your blood sugar drops, your body may be trying to get you to give it more fuel to keep your blood sugar levels stable. If this is a chronic occurrence you may have hypoglycemia, which simply means low blood sugar. Giving in to refined sugars such as cookies, cakes, or candies will only make the problem worse and cause a blood sugar roller coaster that leads to more cravings.

Instead of sweets, reach for a juicy piece of fruit instead. Or at least try. Sweets have always been the easiest craving to combat for me. Fruit is just as sweet and tasty AND it turns out to be healthy. I like cantaloupe, fuji apples, watermelon, cherries and bananas. Those are my go to treats. And mangoes! Let's not forget mangoes!  

Sweetness as an emotional experience is often craved when we are unable to process sadness; when we're hoping to temporarily cover up our low points with a little burst of sugar high. Whether we view this experience on a biochemical level (relating the experience to a lack of serotonin, a pleasure-oriented neurotransmitter that is low when we're sad but stimulated by sweet flavors) or a more spiritual view (that we are quite literally looking for "sweet" experiences in life, which also stimulate serotonin release) makes all the difference in the world. On a physical level, we must eat something, while spiritually that craving could be satisfied by any number of enjoyable life experiences. The challenge is to see whether the craving could be satisfied by taking a hot bath or getting a massage, or by sitting in natural settings and letting the beauty of the world sink in.

There is a difference between sweetness that heals and sweetness that temporarily bandages.

SALTY FOODS:
Here is my poison. I always craved salt and the diagnosis was perfect. I wrote about this on a previous post. Cravings for salty foods often indicate stress hormone fluctuations in the body. Getting on top of the stress in your life is step one. The adrenal glands help your body cope with stress and, in our fast-paced, hectic lives, tend to become worn out, especially from stress-hormone production. Try meditation, breathing exercises or other stress management techniques. Research at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City showed that people who take a break to breathe deeply or meditate before reaching for salty snacks reduced their stress hormones by 25 percent and cut the bingeing in half.

Salt cravings can also mean you are dehydrated or have a mineral deficiency.

When stress is present and intense for long enough, the adrenal glands become exhausted and reduce the creation of aldosterone, a hormone that helps to retain sodium. Individuals with high stress levels will therefore often crave salt because their body is attempting to replenish what's lost. A hankering for salt may be related to iodine deficiency as well, as it is the body's way of calling out for natural sea-based minerals.

Excess and constant life stress that leads to adrenal exhaustion, however, is often a sign of resistance to "flow." Salt cravings indicate that we are trying to "solidify" ourselves because we are overwhelmed and afraid; we are using salt as a kind of mineralized fortification, thinking that hardness and strength are what we need in order to deal with whatever experience is presenting itself. The problem is that while salt may temporarily fix the water balance and bolster our stress reserves, it does not work in the long term, and the hardness we want to develop only ends up creating resistance, not healing.

At the root of this craving is the potential to find acceptance without making our stance on life more barricaded or controlled; to find the strength in trust, in flexibility, rather than enforcing our walls even more. Cravings for salt can be appeased by affirming our trust in the process of our life; by working on mindfulness and acceptance, and fortifying ourselves with fluidity, not hardness.

If your adrenal glands are worn out, try eating more leafy greens which helps to supply your body with minerals that support the adrenal glands, especially potassium.

FATTY OR FRIED FOODS:

Cravings for nut butters, oils or fried foods often relate to calcium deficiency. Fatty cravings may also be quite straightforward in their motivation, and indicate a physical desire for good quality EFAs for hormonal balance and cellular stability.

There is a difference, however, between a gentle craving for good fats and the ability to inhale a tub of almond butter in three days...

Fat digestion occurs in the presence of bile, which is manufactured by the liver. When we tend to eat too many fatty foods because we're constantly craving them, and then find that our upper abdominal area is bloated and uncomfortable, we have challenged the liver too much. As the liver is the physical seat of personal power - the third chakra - it is as though we are eating these difficult foods because we have yet to accept our own importance, and feel the need to keep the full reality of our power squashed down by physical discomfort. In this instance, our cravings are coming from our wounded ego, looking to perpetuate old hurts and a reduced sense of self worth.

Accepting our own authenticity and importance frees our power, but we have to want it, demand it. Going against social norms that cultivate insecurity more often than not, we can know ourselves to be worthy and incredible not because we fit into a particular box, but because as authentic individuals we are a necessary contribution to the whole. Through articulating our experience and understanding ourselves better, it's possible to see how beautiful we really are, and how much we have to give the world. This releases restrictions on our sense of personal power, on our liver function overall.

Below, I have shared a link to cover the remainder of the cravings I omitted from this post, such as what cravings for meat, cheese, ice cream, bread, fries, pasta and burgers mean:
What Your Cravings Are Secretly Telling You About Your Health


8 Tips to Increase Self Control

I will share the 8 Tips to Increase Self Control Below. These tips are from psychologist Ellen Hendrikson. If you want to see each of them in detail, click on this link and it will take you to her website. 

  1. Know That Self Control Can Be Increased
  2. Define What You're Trying to Control
  3. Don't Rely on Brute Force
  4. Reduce the Attractiveness of Your Temptations
  5. Increase the Attractiveness of Your Task
  6. Modify Your Environment
  7. Self-Talk
  8. Cut Yourself Some Slack
It is a short, but very informative article. I believe we all struggle with self control in one area or another. Self control, although highly underrated, is one of the most powerful tools to have in your arsenal.

I know it's easier said than done when dealing with cravings, but try to keep your eyes on the prize. The more self control you have the less time you'll have to have it for because the cure will be here before you know it.

 


ALSO, IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT HIV CAUSES PEOPLE TO DEVELOP A SWEET TOOTH AND CRAVE SUGAR WHICH ONLY EMPOWERS THE DISEASE. READ THIS ARTICLE.














9 comments:

  1. Love it.!!! I crave cheese sometimes. I use to LOVE cheez-itz , but I am controlling my urges and making alkaline substitutes. In preparing food that we have to eat yall, when you buy it, cut it up and put it in bowls (like strawberries, apples , tomatoes, bell peppers etc) so you can easily access them whether you want to cook or just snack on.Yes it an extra step, but it works for me.

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    1. Cheese cravings say that you are actually craving sugar. Lol.

      And you are so right! That extra step worked for me many times.

      -Queen Selah

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    2. You are right. It is hard to walk pass the bakery section in Publix lol! I'm working on it. Furthermore, ive been having heavy bowel movements in the morning as soon as I wake up. And maybe one or two regular ones during the day. Did you experience that ?

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    3. Yes, the morning poops are the best! The body does it's own natural healing at night. That is why it is so important for us to get enough hours of sleep and eat at a decent time, several hours before bed. While we sleep the body gets to work uninterrupted to conduct its healing and disperse healing properties throughout the body. If we eat right before bed it will compromise the healing process because the body will have to exert loads of energy to digest the food before it can work on healing. So the early morning poops are dumping what the body has been cleansing overnight.

      Sleep tight,

      -Queen Selah

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  2. This was a really good post. I had a Lays Stax setback today..uggh.

    FLJ

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    1. I am definitely a sucker for the original flavored Lays Stax. It's the salt content that I always crave and those chips are salty. Forget about it and move one. On those days that you mess up, just make sure you get your gallon of water down.

      -Queen Selah

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  3. Hello Selah,

    How are you? I hope that you had a wonderful holiday with your little man. Did you delete your Go Fund Me account? I was going to make a deposit, but the page wasn't there. Stay blessed.

    FLJ

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  4. All the best in your journey to being cured. This post has reminded me of all the bystander comments I have been making towards people with ailments.."just change your diet to an alkaline one"...easy to say when your'e not in circumstances that require you to make fundamental changes in your lifestyle...looks good on paper but the reality hits you when you start taking your favorite foods off the menu. Im subscribing to this blog

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  5. Hi, I guess you just do not post anymore. I just wanted to say that you have been an incredibly inspiring and courageous person to begin such a process. Regardless of whether or not it was simply to not your thoughts down, this blog has given hope to every soul that was blessed to reach it. I stumbled upon it while trying to learn more about Dr. Sebi and determine if I wanted to buy his products. And though I am not battling anything specific, the blog convinced me to take the plunge, as I have completely overhauled my diet and lifestyle in search of a healthier way to be. Just be.

    I could feel your give in your writing. So many times I found myself wishing I knew you or could meet you. I found myself wishing that you were the kind of person before the disease that you are in the words that I read - beautiful, smart, courageous and strong. If all of that energy is so strong in your writing, I can only imagine what it is like in person. But I am off on a tangent. I really just wanted to say thank you. Thank you on behalf of every reader who now feels he or she CAN live...that one day a restoration can take place. It is a scary, twisted world in which we live, so it is each individual's responsibility to grab on to strength, encouragement and love wherever those things appear. You provided that. And while my selfishness wishes you decided to continue post reversal of your condition, I respect that you have decided against it. But if ever you decide to post again, you would make many people happy again. I hope this reaches you. Take care, continue on your alkaline journey and peace be with you and your son.

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