Thursday, January 07, 2010

Cravings

Think about the foods you crave.  What are they?  Pizza?  Nachos?  Candy?  Or maybe fruit?  Salad?

Fruit?!?!?!?

I was thinking about this while talking to one of my patients today.  She is someone who has made some major changes -- she now follows a low-fat, mostly vegetarian diet.  She also now exercises regularly.  Her cholesterol numbers, as a result, look fabulous -- her total cholesterol dropped from 239 to 139, and her LDL (the so-called bad cholesterol) plummeted from 168 to 71.

She tells me that she feels better eating lighter, and she doesn't crave a lot of the heavier foods that she used to eat.  She was surprised to find herself craving healthier items.

I can understand that from my own experience.  While I once craved fast food, I now crave things like apples, strawberries, carrots with hummus, oatmeal, and even salad.  Granted, I still enjoy a little bit of chocolate or ice cream occasionally.  But those aren't regular staples of my diet.

If you are thinking about making changes to your diet, keep this in mind:  As you make positive changes to your diet, you will feel good, and your body will crave the healthy foods that make you feel good.

3 comments:

HugeMD said...

Utterly and completely true. Another good reason to keep getting back on track. Thanks!

Vegan Valerie said...

Because of your post, I'm going to pay better attention to my cravings this week. It's certainly something to be aware of. Thanks for the inspiration!

Justin Horowitz said...

Emotional hunger is very difficult to cope with. If I don't have my fast food fix it affects my mood and good customer service is undeliverable in an angry state of mind. Maybe I should eat healthier on my days off?