Is your diet dirty? What do you think about it?
Let’s have a look at some of the questions that are asked by our readers.
How can I get rid of my cravings for junk food and sweets?
Do you recommend to eat only organic foods or just raw fruits and vegetables?
Can I drink fruit juice instead of water when I am thirsty?
4) My body craves sugar but I don’t want to give up all my favorite foods.
What should I do?
How can I stop craving sweets and junk food?
Does it make me fat if I eat too much meat or dairy products?
Why is it so hard for me to go cold turkey from all these processed foods?
I will try to answer each question.
Question 1: How can I get rid of my cravings for junk food and sweets?
You might have noticed that you crave certain things even after you cut out all those things. You may feel like eating something sweet or salty every now and then. If you really want to get rid of them completely, you need to change your habits. The first step is to recognize that they exist in the first place!
If you constantly eat too much and your weight goes up every week then this process can be difficult for you. You may suffer from an addiction to sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that are found in junk food and sweets. When you try to avoid certain foods, your body reacts with cravings, which are signals for you that it does not get what it needs.
The important thing is that your brain does not know sugars from vegetables or healthy ingredients. It does not have the capacity to differentiate between them. However, it can distinguish between sweet and sour tastes. If you give your body the nutrients that it needs, over time your cravings will become weaker and you will better be able to handle them.
If you are on a weight loss diet then make sure to consume enough healthy proteins, essential fats and complex carbohydrates. Carbs are only bad if you eat too much of them. But they are also vital for your body as they provide us with energy. So just keep that in mind, how many carbs you really need and try to stick with that amount.
If you have a weight problem then the weight loss will come itself once you get your food intake under control. But even if you are not trying to lose weight, you should also think about your future. Junk and fast food may taste great now but will have a negative impact on your health in the long term.
Question 2: Do you recommend to eat only organic foods or just raw fruits and vegetables?
You can still eat organic food that is not raw. It is better to make sure that the food is prepared without any additional chemical ingredients. Even if you prefer to eat raw fruits and vegetables, you can still do that while preparing them in a kitchen that also prepares non-organic food as well.
If you are on a limited budget then you should focus on buying the organic foods that are the most important and vital for your body. You can find more information about this topic in other materials that I have written as well.
You can get all sort of supplements such as multivitamins but they are not essential. If you can afford them, go ahead. I take some myself since I don’t eat every day organic food since it’s sometimes very expensive and not affordable for me. But I make sure to always vary what I eat and never eat the same things every day since your body gets used to them as well and they are no longer so effective anymore.
Question 3: How does being fat affect my life?
Many people think that being fat is only a cosmetic problem. It isn’t. It can have many serious health risks attached to it. For example, heart diseases are more common among the fat ones. A fat person can also suffer from a considerable decrease in his quality of life. This is especially true for those who are not able to move easily and experience discomfort in their everyday lives.
This is one of the main reasons why I work out every day: to stay fit and healthy!
Question 4: Is it possible for a human to eat anything he wants and still stay fit?
You may have heard about eating certain things in moderation and still staying fit. While it is true that you can eat some “bad stuff” from time to time, you must keep in mind that your body doesn’t know the difference between three bananas or a banana split. It reacts the same way to both of them. So if you want to enjoy the occasional ice cream then go ahead. But keep in mind that the entire rest of your diet should be as healthy as possible so that you can still see results. It doesn’t take a genius to see that eating Twinkies for every meal is not exactly the key to a healthy life.
I would say that the human body is rather ‘conservative’ in nature. It wants to survive and by making bad food choices, you are shortening your lifespan. As for how short it gets shortened by is more of a gray area. That’s why you will always see obese people who seem to eat a Twinkie every day yet are still alive.
But that’s not what you want. You want to be healthy and fit, not just alive.
There are some people who have a very fast metabolism that can eat whatever they want and not gain weight. If you are one of the lucky few then you were given a great gift! You can eat junk food and not gain a pound. But if you are like the rest of us, then you need to exercise caution in what you eat.
You can still eat whatever you want but I would recommend that you don’t. Just because something is bad for you doesn’t mean you can’t ever have any of it. It just means you shouldn’t have it all the time or even every week. Eating healthy should still be your primary focus but you can enjoy the bad foods as well.
Just don’t go overboard with them. Moderation is the key to everything and it should be no different with so-called ‘bad foods’.
The world is set up for us to fail and fall off the path to a fit lifestyle. Everywhere you turn there are unhealthy foods.
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