by Bret Powelson
Food craving has been compared to lust. It is an intensely strong desire for a specific food item. Craving has the power to turn on emotions. It is the same as craving a drug, such as a stimulant or an opiate. That is a sign that the item that is being craved is addictive. Anyone who has struggled with or has overcome any sort of addiction knows how unbelievably powerful addictions can be. If you have experience overcoming other addictions, then those same skills/tools can be used to overcome food cravings.
One of the differences between drug addiction and food addiction is that drugs are illegal or at least regulated, whereas food is legal everywhere (even harmful food), no prescription or underground drug dealer is necessary and man actually needs it to survive. This means it is a matter of controlling food intake, not eliminating it as would be advised in treating drug addiction. Addictive food can be and should be eliminated from our diet. Addictive foods are identified as all refined/processed food, including oils, and all dairy, meat and eggs.
If you choose to eliminate these things from your diet, don't be ignorant of the fact that serious cravings will ensue. Similar to drug withdrawal symptoms, this is because their residue is still within your cells, your interstitial fluid, your lymph, your tissues, your blood, etc. Our blood is the easiest and fastest to cleanse. For example, blood and/or urine tests show marijuana or other drugs are out of our blood after about thirty days. Other drugs eliminate even faster.
The question is: Just because blood and urine tests show up negative, is the person really clean inside? The answer is no. The lymphatic system takes much longer to clean, even years, especially if dietary habits have been like that of a typical American. Deep cleaning through fasting or the consumption of ripe, raw, fresh, organic fruits, berries and melons is the fastest and most effective way to cleanse.
Don't get fooled by people who promote this or that detox formula or only offer to detox your blood. True cleansing comes from fasting or from fruit, not from a laboratory, and goes deep into all the cells of the body, not just the blood. Dry fasting is the highest standard in detoxification, but there are other forms of fasting too, such as with water or fresh squeezed juice. The next level down from fasting or fruit consumption is the incorporation of leafy greens into the diet. This slows down the detoxification process somewhat but is still quite effective. If an even slower cleanse is desired then adding cooked or steamed veggies is still considered a cleansing-type diet. From there, cooked starches slow down the process even more, but as long as the diet remains a whole foods, plant-based diet, it still has cleansing properties, just at a much slower rate when compared to fasting or fruit consumption. Consuming a whole foods, plant-based diet of a lot of cooked food or even a pesco or lacto-vegetarian diet is far healthier than a diet consisting of a lot of meat, but it still lacks the deep cleansing power, the type of power where cancers or tumors are eliminated from the body.
On this scale or range of what humans put into our bodies, a diet heavy in animal-based food and consisting of a lot of processed/refined/packaged food is just a notch or two above a diet of beer, wine, opiates, marijuana, cigarettes, etc. On the same scale, a diet of fresh ripe raw organic sweet juicy fruit supplemented with green leafy vegetables is the epitome of the perfect human diet. It should be the standard we all strive for if we really want to experience vibrant health. Drugs, highly refined foods and meat are at one end of the spectrum; leafy greens and fresh ripe raw fruit is on the other. Cooked food and all the various forms of vegetarianism (lacto, ovo, pesca, etc.) fall somewhere in the middle. Diseases naturally eliminate themselves the closer we get to our species specific diet. Any time processed, refined foods or animal-based foods are introduced back into the diet, cleansing halts.
Stopping the cleansing process may be necessary for some people in the beginning, because detoxing can cause a healing crisis which can be really uncomfortable. A healing crisis is when our body is expelling built-up toxins or past residues. Sometimes a healing crisis manifests itself in cold or flu-like symptoms, rashes, pimples, boils, itching, headaches, back pain, etc. This causes a lot of people on this journey to discontinue and become convinced it is not a good path. This would not be correct thinking though. Think of the person who is giving up a coffee or Coca Cola habit. They are going to experience headaches, irritability, insomnia, etc. Those things are necessary to pass through if one truly wants to be free from coffee or Coke. A healing crisis and its symptoms are every bit as real as physiological withdrawal symptoms from opiates, benzodiazapines or heroin. They are the same as drug withdrawals, but just on a smaller scale.
If you want to truly cleanse your body, mind and spirit then join me in this journey. Be patient. Don't be too hard on yourself when you falter. Reach out to me. I can help you. I have been cleansing my body since about September of 2006. Don't buy into the scams: the protein powders, shakes or bars, the Paleo diet or high protein diet crap, taking supplements, free-range chickens, grass-fed beef, etc. Nobody ever cured cancer from eating meat and dairy, no matter if it is fed grass or GMO corn. It is impossible. Nobody ever cured type 2 diabetes by eating a high fat diet, no matter if it is saturated fat from animals or "healthy" fat from olive oil. That is impossible too. Nobody ever reversed obesity with a high-protein diet, nor have they ever reversed heart disease and athrosclerosis by consuming a ton of meat. But a raw vegan-style diet regularly accomplishes all of these things.
Don't believe everything science says. Science has two ways of proving things: One is a reductionist way and the other is a wholistic way. Using a reductionist way (the way nutritional science is commonly conducted today), specific nutrients are looked at to determine how they are digested, assimilated, uptaken, utilized, etc. in the body. This way of thinking could easily prove that shit is good for us because scientists can prove that there is something beneficial within shit. On the other hand, a wholistic approach looks at long-term epidemiological studies and analyzes what food does to populations at large, or it may look at human anatomy and physiology and compare it with other animals to see what species we resemble the most and what they eat.
Both of these approaches, reductionism and wholism, are scientific. They both utilize scientific principles. Reductionism focuses in like a laser and wholism looks at things from a broader perspective. I believe both approaches are important, but I tend to lean on the side of wholism. To use a common metaphor: Wholism sees the trees and the forest; reductionism only sees the trees. I value the opinions of scientists who through their studies have determined the causes of disease, not the treatment of symptoms. Reductionist science not only promotes symptom suppressing drugs and treatments, but it is also responsible for pushing protein shakes and bars, vitamin and mineral supplements, whey protein, fish oils, etc. But we do not need any of these things. If we remove the cause of disease, then our bodies will heal themselves naturally.
Our bodies are frugivorous in nature. This means we are naturally fruit eaters. There is no doubt about it. Our anatomy and physiology proves it. It is irrefutable. We are not like whales, cows, lions, bears, pigs, lizards or birds. We are primates, and, even more specifically, we are like the fruit-eating primates such as orangutans or other great apes. We are not carnivorous, omnivorous or even herbivorous. That is not to say we cannot digest meat, grasses or grains. We certainly can, and man has been surviving on these things since the beginning of time (or so it seems), but meat and grains should be considered food for survival, nothing more and nothing less. In this sense, grains have been referred to as "the staff of life." They are the staff of life because they have supported humans when extinction was imminent. Hunting is not always productive and fruit is not always available, but grains can be stored, so they are perfect for survival. Surviving on a certain type of food is not the same as thriving though. We can even survive on junk if we had to. Some people choose to survive on Pepsi and Top Ramen, but that does not prove it is ideal. The long-term effects would not be good, but we could definitely survive on them for a long time. I'm sure Top Ramen manufacturers could even finance a scientific peer-reviewed study proving it is good for us.
If we want to eat a diet that was specifically designed for human consumption, then a diet consisting of primarily fruit is the healthiest. But what about protein or blood sugar? The two most common concerns about a fruit-based diet. All whole plants, including fruit, have ample amounts of protein. If the protein in all fruits in the whole world were averaged, protein levels would come to about 7-8% of calories. This is the perfect amount for humans. As far as spikes in blood sugar, it is a total myth that fruit spikes blood sugar. If the blood sugar is spiked, then it is caused by something other than fruit. Fructose, the sugar found naturally in fruit, does not even trigger an insulin response. Fructose, as it is found in whole fruit, not as it is found in processed high-fructose corn syrup, does not require insulin to be transported into cells. It is the most efficient fuel for our bodies, entering our cells with no transporter necessary. Out of all the sugars utilized by our body, fructose in fruit enters our blood the fastest and leaves our blood the fastest.
Give these ideas a try. Don't just pooh-pooh them because you eat meat and dairy. Give a whole foods, plant-based diet a try for 30 days and see how you feel. I promise your digestion will feel better, you'll sleep better, your breathing will be easier and a bunch of other positive things will happen too. As a side benefit, you'll be living in harmony with the animal kingdom and our planet will thank you as well...
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by Bret Powelson