It Pays to Improve Your Diet Now

Comfort Food photo c/o sheknows.com

Comfort Food photo c/o sheknows.com

During the course of this month’s Preparedness Pro Food Challenge, we’ve seen several posts and e-mails conveying a very similar message: “I need more comfort foods.”

I have shared with our readers in the past that such would be the case. Stress and boundaries bring out the cravings in all of us. So I do indeed recommend you take that into consideration in your food storage that you’re creating now. However, I’d like to offer you an alternative solution.

You see, food really is only a form of fuel. Most of us need it for an emotional fuel as well. (I’m not immune to that whatsoever.) But what most people don’t realize is that cravings actually come from a deficiency in the nutritional strength in our bodies. Unfortunately, these cravings are hard to identify sometimes, in terms of what the deficiency is that’s triggering them. For example, when you are deficient in plain water, the craving can often be misconstrued as a craving for sugar. Women who are enduring a menstrual cycle are naturally deficient in iodine. And yet the iodine deficiency is “solved” with chocolate.

So, how can we get rid of the false triggers in our body so that we don’t store any more unnecessary foods than we have to? Give our bodies quality nutrition to improve our diet now. The more food you eat now that truly meets your body’s demand for nutrients, the less you will require. Our bodies will require more of the “junk food” in a time of high stress than we eat now. So, in the interests of optimal survival, and not requiring any more space to store everything, I suggest that you begin improving your diet now by incorporating the quality foods in your diet today. Doing so will actually minimize the types of “false cravings” that you get. Ultimately, you’ll be healthier. Don’t think of this as a diet. Tell yourself you can still have exactly what you want so long as you feed your body what you know you NEED first.

A good start for a healthier focus to improve your diet now would be the following two recommendations:

To improve your health now, drink more water. Photo c/o epa.gov

To improve your health now, drink more water. Photo c/o epa.gov

Water. Your kidneys process the equivalent of hundreds of gallons of water per day. If you’re not giving your body new water, then your kidneys will end up working really, really hard processing sludge instead of water. Water is also the ONLY way that you carry nutrients from one part of your body to the other. The thicker your blood, the less able you are to deliver the vitamins and minerals to the parts of the body which need them. Drinking adequate water is a simple way to improve your diet now.

Fiber. High quality, simple foods such as whole grains give you much more energy for the mass than do simple, processed foods. In other words, you can go a heck of lot longer on a stomach full of oatmeal than you can a stomach full of Lucky Charms. As I’ve shared with you previously, I like the results that eating whole wheat bread and wheat meat give me, as I’m not hungry or craving crazy things afterwards. Remember that sprouts will also satisfy you in this manner as well (and are full of fiber like most vegetables). I like to take a bunch of different sprouts, put a nice salad dressing on them and eat them as a substitute for salad. Grant it, I didn’t think I would enjoy this when I started. But the funny thing was that after I started eating sprouts regularly, my body started craving them. In other words, the more direct you are in satisfying your nutritional needs, the less deceptive your body is in telling you what your real cravings are.

Fiber is a great source of so many of your vitamins and minerals! Sprouts have actually been proven to CURE diseases. When has a Twinkie ever done that? When you combine a high fiber bread with some sprouts and your other sandwich makings, you’ve improved the quality of the meal significantly! I also keep several cans of freeze-dried vegetables. I like to throw those into the casseroles that my husband likes. That way he’s getting the “comfort tastes” that he wants, but he’s also getting the nutrition that his body really craves and thus the meal is much more satisfying. Another great way to improve your diet now.

Freeze dired raspberries photo c/o usaemergencysupply.com

Freeze dried raspberries photo c/o usaemergencysupply.com

What you may not realize is that these minor additions have a much smaller impact on your pocketbook as well. It costs only pennies for a handful of sprouts. While it may take time to make your own bread, the ingredients only cost about a 10th the price that it costs to buy the bread in the store. I’ve found that freeze-dried fruits and vegetables are also much more economical. I can spend $4 on a half gallon of ice cream or eat a handful of freeze-dried raspberries. The sweet tooth is appeased either way, but with the fruit, I’m spending less and giving my body more quality nutrition to work with, and doing so without all of the ingredients that I can’t pronounce. This is just one way in which it literally PAYS to improve your diet now.

To successfully incorporate a smarter and more effective way of eating, I recommend that you simply ADD to what you’re already eating. Fine, go ahead and have your Dr. Pepper. But having a handful of sprouts on your salad or on your sandwich before you indulge will steer your body in the right direction. Go ahead and have your 5-cheese grilled cheese sandwich. But have it on some high quality whole wheat bread instead. Give that milkshake the appetizer of 8 ounces of water first. You’ll find that if you listen to your body now, it will do a better job of preparing you for ultimate survival much better than any blog you can read.

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Comments

If you've never tried fresh-grown sprouts (that *you've* sprouted) you should.

They're so superior to store-bought, or restaurant, sprouts--that you'll be shocked.

Grocery stores and restaurants sell old sprouts that are bitter. Sprout your own and you'll become a "convert".

See http://www.internet-grocer.net/sprouter.htm

for info and pics.

This is so true! Those false cravings are sometimes tricky to figure out. I totally crave sweets when I'm thirsty. There's been a couple of times just recently I've snacked on birthday cake all day when what I really needed was a bunch of water. Another cause for snacking in me is fatigue. I find myself doing a non-stop eating/snacking routine even when I'm not hungry when what my body really needs is sleep. It's like my brain says, "you need energy" and I think that means I need to eat instead of rest. Strange but true. :) Great post.

Oh yeah, and I love sprouts. I could eat sprouted wheat for a snack every day of the week. Yummy!

I find that Isagenix products give me premium nutrition and really cut cravings. Great tasting creamy shakes, and dark chocolate (with amino acids)!

It's so much more expensive to buy them already sprouted too. I agree with Bruce, I enjoy my own sprouts MUCH, MUCH more!

I feel tht if folks incorporate anything like that into their diet instead of the processed foods then their false craving will improve dramatically.

Have you tried Isagenix?

I have been sugar-free and soda-free for 14 days. I still have cravings but they are getting less every day. I also don't feel as empty and hungry as I did the first couple of days. I am on the right track and plan on staying here!

My husband would be especially proud to know that there's someone else out there who's off of sugar! Way to go.

This is so true. We were out of elect for 2 weeks with Ike. I craved Ice Cream and Iced Tea. I hardly ever eat ice cream, but a bowl would have been gold during that time. It was hard to drink enough water too, because it was warm to lukewarm.

A little flavoring will help you down the water sometimes, and although it's NOT as good for your body as the other stuff, it is still hydration. I have found that the Crystal Light flavored Iced Teas are quite pleasant and with coupons I'm regularly getting them for VERY cheap.

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