Friday, January 24, 2014

Vegan Diet and Cravings

Q: Hey Ali! I am really eager to know about your eating. If you don't mind answer to my questions. How long you been vegan? Did you chose to eat that way because its healthier or because you just like to? Dont you have some foods that you would really like to eat but don't let youself? For me example, I try to rehab myself from chocolate, chips, burgers and etc, junk food. I know that they aren't good for me but still, Im thinking about these kind of food a lot. It is kind of stressing. However, I dont let myself loose and eat junk food, but Im thinking bout them often. Have you had something similar or whats your opinion on foods thats not good to our body and what can stress us out when we forbid ourselves to eat them?

A: Hi, these are some really important questions for anyone that is considering going vegan or just switching their food habits and going towards a cleaner, more natural diet. 
I have been vegetarian for just under 20 years and more than half that time vegan (on and off). 
When I first became vegan it was just an intuitive decision. I was probably 15 and had never met or heard of a vegetarian before that so I didn't know what I was doing and had no examples of vegetarians in my life. I felt that it was the right thing to do and dropped meat out of my diet. Then I started reading spiritual literature and it became more of a spiritual practice the way Osho said that veganism is just a part of Buddhism. 
I appreciate the health aspect of vegetarianism but for me it's more a choice of non-violence and an intuitive need to eat that way. 

Do I have cravings? - Not any more! I am not sure if I have strong will power and once I decide something I do it or just eating this way makes you really appreciate and crave fresh food. Personally I enjoy everything I eat and I crave fruits and veggies. I do prepare some chocolate dishes and hot cocoa whenever I crave that. (I will post the recipe for the cocoa below)  If I crave chocolate I  have some healthy chocolate. I am not very dogmatic. But if you eat enough dates and fruit you actually satisfy your sweet tooth and you get your carbs in so I find that I don't crave chocolate. 
As far as meat cravings go- I think the same applies. Give your body solid, good nutrition. You can even recreate your favorite foods in a healthy version- such as lentil burgers, black bean chipotle burgers, etc and your body will adjust. Just make sure that you eat enough carbs so you don't get overly hungry. If you under-eat then your body will try to overcompensate and crave high caloric foods. 

Replace chips with big plates of steamed potatoes with a good dressing as well as kale chips. I find that to be so satisfying and filling that I don't crave fried food. 
It takes a while for you to develop the habits but once you do you never really look back.
I have not had a fried food craving for 10 years now :D I have developed an attraction to clean, high quality food and I can smell the rancidity of cooked oils and there is no way I can look and crave it or think that it could be yummy. i can really taste  low quality oils and ingredients and it doesn't appeal to me. For example white sugar tastes empty and unsatisfying to me. Your body can tell there is no nutrition in low quality foods and after a while you begin to dislike them. 

Definitely don't stress and don't exclude foods - just include so much good food that your cravings fall off. If you mess up and give in and have something "unhealthy" don't feel guilty.  THE GUILT ONLY PERPETUATES BAD HABITS AND CAUSES ONE TO SIMPLY GIVE UP. Just have a huge salad the next meal and keep moving forward. The body eventually adjusts to liking just vibrant, high quality food. And if you are eating right 90% of the time that's enough. There is even some evidence in support of cheat days- they can be healthy. SO PERHAPS WORK A CHEAT DAY INTO YOUR WEEK AND ENJOY! 

Hope that helps! 

Here is the raw cacao drink recipe:
INGREDIENTS:
you can omit any of the ingredients that are not available in your country.
Raw or regular cacao powder 
Dandelion root (or chicory coffee such as INKA which is widely available in Europe)
Shilajit (it's high in minerals,  Enhances energy and stamina, it's detoxifying, Supports healthy menstrual functions, Supports the immune system and much more)
Cayenne powder (hot pepper, chipotle)
Hazelnut Stevia (or stevia, honey, maple syrup, unprocessed sugar, palm sugar, etc)
Optional organic essential oil of peppermint (less than half a drop - it's that strong)
Almond milk

You can heat the milk and mix everything in, stir and serve. It's delicious! 

NAMASTE 

2 comments:

  1. Truer words were never spoken!! Bravo Ali!!! For speaking the truth ! Simplicity, common sense, flexibility not only in our muscular system but in our everyday choices that support us! Amen!

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  2. Excellent advice Ali..., Denial is such a trap...I, with your assistance have come to a point were I crave good healthy food. I couldn't get to the store for a few days and almost ran home with my fresh bunches of kale, and corn on the cob. I have a real craving for raw broccoli with one of the many tofu dressing (with chipotle chile mostly)...It took time to go over to the majority raw part but I feel so energetic and healthy now that I can't imagine going ever back...This is an excellent advise article...xox, L

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