When it comes to FAD diets the first step you are often told to take is to remove all of the temptation from your surroundings. So in other words, bin all of the crap. It’s as if the steps to become “skinny” are the same as overcoming an addiction to smoking or even alcohol. Maybe the assumption that people are addicted to refined sugar is correct; do we really know what is on our food?
In today’s society we are coined to believe that “all sugar is bad” for us and “carbohydrates will make you fat.” But when the high protein diet stints aren’t working and calorie restrictions cause us to eventually binge, what can we really eat? And how can we cut out those sugar cravings?
It’s simple. Eat more. It sounds crazy but when you eat more of the right food you crave less of those bad things you tell yourself you can’t have.
The human brain naturally runs off glucose so it is normal to crave sugar, we need it. So eat healthy sugars that give the body energy like fruit. Eat as much fruit as you want. Fruit is the most natural food on the planet as it’s the only things that doesn’t have to be cooked or altered for us to be able to eat it.
You should also eat more carbohydrates which does include fruit, but also whole grains like rice, pasta, oats, quinoa, bread, potatoes. Make sure it’s healthy complex carbohydrates and not simple carbohydrates which have been bleached and stripped of any nutritional value. If you eat whole food carbohydrates they will substantially fill you and give you the right amount of energy. Your body runs off the energy created from these foods.
You should also incorporate lots of vegetables into your diet as well as nuts, seeds, lentils, beans etc. because that will make sure you’re getting the right balance of nutrition that your body needs.
This is the basic outline of a whole food plant based diet which as you may have noticed, does not include any animal products what so ever. No meat, no fish, no milk, no dairy, and no eggs and so on. Because in case you hadn’t realised animal products or “animal proteins” do in fact restrict healthy weight loss as they are highly calorific. And as for dairy products they are made from milk; which is full of the growth hormones for a baby cow. The milk is only produced when a cow is pregnant because the baby cow needs the milk to grow from being a 90 pound calf to a 2,000 pound cow.
Whilst on the topic of milk I will add how it is not the great source of calcium that we have all been led to believe. In fact, animal products are highly acidic and because the human body is alkaline then our bodies need to use the calcium already in our bones to neutralise the acidity from the animal milk. (You can read more about this here: http://bonnyrebecca.tumblr.com/whyvegan & adaptt.org)
Calcium is extremely necessary for us so a range of plant sources to get calcium from include avocados, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, chickpeas, grains, leafy green vegetables, lemons, lentils, mangoes, plant milks and so on.
Unfortunately a lot of products on the marked today include some form of animal product. Whether it’s egg, milk powder, or the less obvious whey and casein, it should be avoided. (For more information on ingredients that come from animal sources download the Animal Free app.)
On the positive side when you cut out all of the highly calorific animal products from your diet you cut out any need to calorie restrict. This means you can eat as much whole foods as you like. And it means you can eat till you are full and feeling fully satisfied. When you eat enough of the right foods you don’t get the cravings for sweet and unhealthy foods like you would have before.
By now you’re wondering probably wondering about protein. So where do you get protein on a plant based diet?
Contrary to popular belief, it is much better to get you protein from plant based sources. These sources include quinoa, leafy greens, green peas, broccoli, hemp seeds, beans, mushrooms, lentils, avocado, chia seeds, nuts, buckwheat, soy beans, and chick peas. (You can read more about this at: adaptt.org)
“Have you ever heard of anyone suffering from a protein deficiency? It is a complete myth that we need a massive amount of protein. Too much protein – especially animal protein – can impair our kidneys; leach calcium, zinc, vitamin B, iron, and magnesium from our bodies; and cause osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. In addition, high amounts of protein can damage our tissues, organs, and cells.” – Skinny Bitch
So how can you cut be cravings? Just cut the crap which means all the animal products. And eat enough food to fill you up substantially. But if sweet cravings arise then there are vegan products on the market which are made from few ingredients. For example Booja Booja chocolate ice cream is only made from 4 ingredients – cashews, water, agave syrup and cacao. Natural sweeteners include coconut sugar and agave syrup.
So cut out the animals and you cut out the evil. Not only are you saving yourself you’re also saving the animals and the planet. So eat guilt free.
(My information sources, further information sources and suggested reads are listed below.)
Suggested reads – Skinny Bitch
YouTube Channels- Freelee the Banana Girl, Bonny Rebecca
Documentaries – Cowspiracy, Folkes over Knives, Earthlings
Speeches – Gary Youoffsky Best Speech ever, 101 reasons to go vegan, Kalel Kitten – Why I went vegan, The Starch Solution