I have a confession to make… I struggled my whole life with food obsession, compulsive overeating, yo-yo dieting and binge-eating until I learned that you don’t have to go through this pain as long as you follow some simple principles.
When I found out the reason why I was constantly craving excess food it was such a relief .
By changing a few simple behaviours and eliminating certain foods from my diet I found relief within 24 hours.
I can’t wait to share what I learned with you, so let’s get going…
Secret #1 – Give your body what it’s really craving
I don’t mean what your mind is craving. I mean your body.
Chocolate and chips is not going to give your trillions of cells the nutrition they’re craving. But high volume fruit and vegetables will.
Number one priority should be fruit. Fruit provides the perfect fuel for our bodies: simple sugars from glucose and fructose combined with fibre (which slows the processing of the sugars and allows for easy digestibility) as well as a whole swag of vitamins and minerals essential to our body.
But don’t just think 3 pieces of fruit a day is going to cut it. That will leave you reaching for unhealthy refined carbs. Try upping your fruit significantly.
When I learned to eat a large fruit meal for breakfast and lunch and then eat as much fruit as satisfied me before my salad meal that was when my cravings disappeared overnight.
If you do the above and still having cravings, then reach for this checklist of essential healthy practices: hydrate (2-3 litres of water per day), move, rest, get some sun every day and social contact.
Secret #2 – Eat Mono
Meals with too many ingredients usually trigger that urge to eat more and more.
Titillating your tastebuds can be your own worst enemy, but we do it all the time… Meals of only one or a few ingredients on the other hand are very easily digestible and also trigger the body’s satiety signals, leaving you satisfied.
Try this tip for a few days… Plan to eat mono meals of fruit for breakfast, lunch and just before having a big dinner salad.
For instance you could eat oranges or melon for breakfast, bananas for lunch, and mangos for your first course of dinner. Basically eat as much fruit as you care for in each meal.
For me that’s often 7 to 10 bananas, or 4-6 mangos. For you it might be less or more… it doesn’t really matter.
Notice when you’re full and notice how long you feel satisfied for afterwards. I guarantee if you eat enough fruit you’ll feel completely satisfied for hours.
Secret #3 Stay away from excitotoxins and stimulants
No doubt you’ve heard the slogan “Bet you can’t eat just one” from a well known brand of chip advertising campaign.
What you might not realise though is that processed food manufacturers know you can’t eat just one because they put certain things in it which trigger feel-good chemicals in your brain and set up an addictive response.
But there are other foods too which also change brain chemistry.
Grains like wheat and dairy both contain protein peptides that set your brain to craving them over and over once consumed.
Stimulants like caffeine in coffee, tea and chocolate trigger appetite beyond our natural impulses so you’re wise to stay away from them completely.
All these foods need to be avoided completely and eliminating all sources can be a challenge in the beginning.
Don’t worry, once you’ve gone a couple of days without them you won’t miss them in the slightest. That is, as long as you’re keeping your body well-fuelled with nutritious fruit carbs.
Secret #4 Go on a raw food cleanse
Whole, ripe, raw and preferably organic fruits and vegetables are hands down the most nutritious foods on the planet.
Going a cleanse for a week or month where you only consume these foods will reset your body and brain so that you start craving more of these foods.
Many people recommend juice or water fasts for cleansing however people with a history of eating disorders find these kinds of cleanses problematic because the calorie restricting nature of these programs triggers the binge cycle all over.
I have had much success with a cleanse consisting of mono fruit meals and juices.
Try the following Mono-Fruit Cleanse to kick-start your new healthy regime:
- Pick a fruit you really like that is readily available. Perhaps banana, mango, orange, or grapes. Juicy and high in calories is a good combination.
- Buy this type of fruit buy the box – it will be much, much cheaper.
- Then consume nothing but that fruit and water for 1 to 7 days. You can either eat it whole, smoothie or juice it.
You’ll love the boost in energy, mental clarity you’ll get. And your skin will start to shine.
If after all of these tips you’re still struggling then check out my page on Eating Disorders. I can help you recover, and I do it for free.
I’m not going to lie and tell you it’s easy.
In the beginning you will have to put boundaries around your food plan and make a conscious effort to stick to it. But if you do, within days you’ll notice you’re just not interested in your old vices.
The fog will begin to lift and you’ll come alive to a whole world of possibility. When you’re free from food obsession life offers one beautiful gift after another. So what are you waiting for?
Anthea Frances is an author, raw food health coach and host of the Raw Life Summit series. Grab a copy of her free Balanced Raw Vegan Nutrition Checklist and start improving your health today!