Food Cravings

How to Beat Cravings...For Good

Junk food It happens to each of us... It strikes out of no where... All of a sudden... BAM! You have a craving!  Something salty, something sweet, or something fatty... Doesn't really matter, cause all you know is that you want it NOW!  Some believe cravings are struggles that one needs to "get" through to become stronger, however I believe cravings are our body's way of telling us we need something nutritionally. However, most simply don't pay attention to what their bodies are telling them and they just eat whatever they feel like, usually giving into the cravings.

The first thing to consider is the level of toxicity in your body. We accumulate toxins throughout our lifetime, finding storage in our blood, muscles, and organs.  This is commonly referred to as free-radical damage, and this comes from the air around us, the foods we eat, basic body processes, stress, and aging.  Because of this free-radical damage, our bodies cannot function optimally, and always looking to eat and get nutrients from what we eat next.

The second consideration is potential blockage in your intestines.  Imagine if you have a garbage can, and you don't put a liner in it.  You start to throw trash into it, and when it's full, you take it out.  So you dump it out, but don't clean it out.  After a few weeks of doing this it might not be so bad, but, after years and years you can imagine how disgusting it will get!  Well, because of that blockage, our bodies are not able to absorb the vitamins and minerals it needs.  This causes our bodies to signal to our brains "Hey! I'm still hungry! I'm not getting what I need!"  So, we give in to whatever foods are around us.

Every person needs to cleanse about 2x per year.  This will take care of these issues mentioned above, and then you can move on.  I have done anywhere from 3 day to 10 day to 28 day detox cleanses, all to some varying degree of intensity.  If you have never done one before, it really doesn't matter where you start, except to say that you should definitely start! Today if you can!  And if it's been 6 months since your last cleanse, then do another one soon.  Email me at if you would like some recommendations on where to start.

Once you have gone through a cleanse, you have now put your body in a proper balance.  You have eliminated the negative cravings, things like sweets and greasy salty foods, and refreshed your system.  Now it's time to think about what you might be craving and what, nutritionally, that food may provide.  Then look for foods which are high in that nutrient and get your fill!  Below I have some examples:

*If you are craving chocolate, your body may be craving the fat.  This might be because your caloric intake is too low.  Some quick fixes for this would be to have a handful of nuts, or have the chocolate (just make sure it's 85% or higher with no soy).

*If you are craving chips, your body may be craving salt.  Salt is needed to balance the water in our bodies.  Since our bodies do not produce this necessary element, we must get it from food.   Sprinkle a little sea salt on to your salad!

*If you are craving a steak, your body may need iron.  An iron deficiency can be linked to anemia.  Have a large amount of dark leafy greens!

Some of our cravings can be emotional.  Perhaps you are feeling stressed so you reach for that comfort food that reminds you of a warm childhood memory.  Or you might be feeling sad, so you go for a pint of Ben & Jerry's.  Elevated cortisol levels (the hormone released when stressed) have been linked to a desire for high fat and sugary comfort foods, and both together lead to weight gain. Reducing stress is key, and possibly seeking out a therapist (I have a couple I can refer to you) to work through some issues may be beneficial in helping you to completely conquer your cravings once and for all.

~Girya Runner  (Lisa Garon)

How To Lose Weight Fast With Coconut Oil

Everyone these days wants to lose weight fast. Perhaps it’s those extra pregnancy pounds that just aren’t coming off despite all the nursing in the world. Maybe it’s the midlife spreading waist line. Or maybe you’ve always just been a little bit overweight.
One of the best things you can do to easily drop pounds without radically changing your lifestyle (besides going ultra-low carb and ditching grains altogether) is to eat coconut oil.

In America’s recent past, coconut oil got an undeserved bad name.
Because it’s high in saturated fats, and they were unjustly demonized. Cutting-edge research has pretty much shredded most of The Lipid Hypothesis — the theory that there is a direct correlation between saturated fat and cholesterol intake in the diet with incidence of coronary heart disease. We now know, for example, that most of the studies which showed dietary intake of saturated fats (particularly those using coconut oil) were bad for you were actually proving that trans fats are bad for you.
(If you’ve got time, you can watch an 18 minute video tutorial I created called Good Fat Bad Fat.)
But unrefined, virgin coconut oil is an excellent and traditional fat and contains no trans-fats whatsoever.
How can Virgin Coconut Oil boost your metabolism and promote weight loss?
A few things:

  1. It’s high in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found patients lost weight when they included MCFA’s in their diet. In fact, when you compare a diet including olive oil or MCFA’s, it was found patients lost more weight using MCFA’s.
  2. It’s high in lauric acid. Lauric acid is an MCFA so it will help you lose weight, but it’s also documented to have amazing antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal properties. In other words, it fights everything from the common cold to serious lipid-coated viruses such as HIV and herpes!
  3. It will reduce your food cravings. When you add coconut oil into your diet, you’ll feel more full and eat fewer calories over all.

Still Don’t Believe Me?
Check out the amazing progress these two ladies had when they eliminated the junk fats (vegetable oils like corn, soy, and canola) from their diets and switched to healthier fats (coconut, hemp, and olive oil).
PLEASE NOTE: This is all these ladies did! They switched to good fats, period.


Finding Good Quality Coconut Oil
If you’re looking for a good source of coconut oil, you’re not very likely to find it at your grocery store. Fortunately, there are several decent sources online.

  • The least expensive unrefined, virgin coconut oil I’ve been able to find is from Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s $41/gallon.
  • The best tasting organic extra-virgin coconut oil comes from two places. The first is Nutiva. It’s $50/gallon and well worth the cost! The second is Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil (not to be confused with their other labels, which I’ve found have inconsistent flavors). It’s $70/gallon and just about the BEST tasting coconut oil I’ve put in my mouth!
  • Wilderness Family Naturals sells a good quality coconut oil, but it’s neither the best tasting nor the cheapest. But if the other online retailers are out of stock, or if your taste buds vary from mine, or if you just want a good middle ground between cost and flavor, they’re worth trying. It’s $65/gallon.

NOTE: All these retailers also sell smaller (& larger) sizes. I listed the price by the gallon because it’s often the best value.

Original Post by: Kristen Michaelis, The Food Renegade, BLOGGED HERE.