STEP 2: CONSIDER
Next, consider what you’ve eaten or drank over the last couple of weeks or month and look for any patterns or reoccurrences. Doing so will help you analyze what’s happening with your body. After fulfilling the craving with your habitual food did you feel alive after having it? How soon did the craving return? Were there any side effects or downsides to what you ate (crashing effect, weight gain, low energy)?
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STEP 3: INVESTIGATE
Investigate what foods contain the underlying craving that you were “dying” to consume. In my case it was sugar. Clearly, candy bars and cookies are not the optimal choices of health and come along with various side effects (weight gain, decreased appetite, elevated blood sugar, white spots, etc). At the end of it all, the common denominator of my craving was that I need sugar.
STEP 4: REPLACE
Lastly, without getting into “why” your sugar is low (I’ll address that another time), find natural raw foods that contain what’s known as natural food sugar. By providing your body with “natural sugar” from real food like fruits, you gain many benefits. You not only solve the craving and deficiency, but you provide vitamins, minerals and enzymes your body can use to serve you.
Marquese Martin-Hayes is a certified raw vegan nutrition specialist and is the founder of The Proper Perspective, a practice designed of life coaches to help individuals, families, and corporations maximize their impact. He is the co-founder of The Proper Physique, a nutrition coaching practice, Jus Juus, a juice boutique concept, and he dabbles in other better living ideas.