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What Triggers Cravings And How To Turn Them Off?

Cravings make you eat uncontrollably and play an important role in weight gain. After an craving attack you feel horrible, stuffed with what ever you ate and the bad conscious plagues you. So when you find a way to turn those cravings off, you’ll feel in control again and on top of the game.

But how cravings are triggered?

  1. physical cravings: The physical cravings show up in physical reactions: you have a feeling of weakness, your stomach growls, you are shaky, unfocused and you have the feeling that you now need something to eat very quickly. This is a real lack of energy and a sign you had too little to eat. This happens during a extremely low calorie diet, or your are under extreme time pressure and just can’t find the time to eat. As a result, your body is crying out for readily available energy.
    Solution: Have something ready to eat with you, for example a banana. Bananas have a relatively high amount of fructose, which goes rapidly into the blood stream and satisfy hunger. At the same time you provide the body with plenty of vitamins and minerals.
  2. Food cravings: We need a lot of essential protein building blocks, highly unsaturated fats and vital substances. A deficiency can be shown by an appetite for a specific food.
  3. Hormonal cravings: Lack of sleep can also lead to cravings because the hormones Leptin and Ghrelin are not working impeccably. These two hormones are important for perceiving hunger – and the feeling of satiety by sending the relevant information to the brain. Insufficient sleep can cause the functions of these hormones to become completely out of whack and we might be more hungry.
    Solution: Find your own way to enhance your sleep – for example: Relaxation techniques in bed, avoid stress before bedtime, develop your nightly routine, avoid TV, smartphone, Tablet. They send out blue light, which reduces the production of melatonin (the sleep hormone). Try a hot bottle for warm feed …..
  4. Emotional cravings: Ingesting food is a reaction to an uncomfortable or stressful situation in your life that makes you feel negative. By eating, you try to get a grip on these negative emotions. In such moments, invisible automatisms run in your head. These are so-called subconscious thought and behaviour patterns that you have learned in the past. However, eating does not help to deal with problems. It’s just a short term compensator. After a binge eating, guilt often spreads. Other long-term consequences of emotional eating are obesity and increasing self-dissatisfaction. Solution: Find out what are these underlying issues from your past. A fantastic tool for this is EFT tapping. It is tapping on energy points on the meridians to reinstall interrupted energy flow to dissolve the emotional baggage that we carry around with us. Once we rid ourselves from it, Weight Loss itself is not a big deal any more.

How do you find out what kind of cravings you are experiencing right now?

The first step is to observe yourself. Where this hunger is coming from? In time you will develop a feeling what kind of hunger it is right now. For several weeks you should keep a record and include when these cravings occur. To what kind of food you feel drawn to, and how you feel mentally and physically at that time.

Additionally check your meal planning. Do you have regular meals? Do you eat yourself really full with a balanced diet? It is worth taking a closer look at this. Just regular meals and a good amount of protein leads to more saturation and clearly less cravings already.

What can help with cravings as well is toping meals up with Magnesium in form of magnesium rich foods (like green leave vegetables) or in form of supplements (Forever Calcium, contains 82% of the daily requirement of Magnesium).

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Aloe Vera – The Healthy Choice

Aloe Vera as a succulent plant is member of the lily family. It forms itself part of a subspecies (the Aloinae) of which there are over 200 types.

The potency of Aloe Vera is due to its rich variety of ingredients, which are present in perfect balance, and work together as a team. Although the solid portion of the Aloe Vera plant forms only 1%-1.5%, the rest being water, this small amount of active ingredient can produce a strong effect. This can only be explained by a synergistic effect, which means that the effect of the whole is greater than the add up effects of the individual components.

There are thought to be only five varieties of the aloe family which possess documented medicinal benefits, and of these it is Aloe Barbadensis Miller, which has been of most use to humans because it has been shown to be the most powerful of all aloes.

There are over 75 known ingredients in the Aloe Vera leaf. The main ingredients are:

Lignin is cellulose-based substance in the gel with no known specific medicinal properties. It is thought to provide the ability to .

Saponins are glycosides which are thought to comprise about 3% of aloe vera gel. These soapy substances contain antiseptic properties, which are capable of cleansing.

Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Magnesium, Zinc, Chromium, Iron


Vitamins a, C & E are the important antioxidant vitamins, essential in the fight against damaging free radicals. All three are important for the immune system, and Vitamin C assists in wound healing. It also makes collagen, which keeps bones skin and joints firm and strong. Vitamin A is essential to maintain normal night vision. Vitamin E not only helps the body utilise oxygen, but prevents blood clots, thrombosis, atherosclerosis as well. It also improves wound healing and fertility and is good for the skin.

Vitamin B complex, including Choline

The B Vitamins are associated with the production of energy and with amino acid metabolism, which helps develop muscle mass.

Aloe Vera is one of the rare plant sources of the essential Vitamin B12, necessary for manufacturing red blood cells.

Aloe contains Folic Acid which is also important for the development of blood cells.

Amino Acids: Our human body requires 20 amino acids to maintain good health and all but eight can be manufactured in the body. The others need to be taken as food (essential amino acids). Together, they form the building blocks of proteins from which we manufacture and repair muscle. Aloe Vera provides 19 of the 20 required amino acids and seven of the eight essential ones. The amino acid tryptophan is missing.

Enzymes: The many enzymes in Aloe Vera can be divided into two groups:

enzymes that aid digestion (i.g. Lipase help break down fats, amylase, break down starch and sugar)

and those that are anti-inflammatory

Consequently the nutrients in our food can be more efficiently absorbed, when one is drinking aloe on a regular basis.

Sugars: Aloe Vera contains two sorts of sugars, monosaccharides, such as glucose and fructose, and long chain sugars (polysaccharides), the main one being a glucomannose often referred to as Acemannan.

Sterols: The plant sterols are important anti-inflammatory agents

Salicylic acid: This is also found in Aloe Vera, and it is metabolized in the body to an aspirin-like compound which, together with lupeol (one of the sterols in aloe), provide some of its pain-killing properties.

Aloe Vera has three important qualities:

  1. provides essential micro nutrients
  2. kills bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts
  3. reduces inflammation

Aloe Vera is currently grown commercially, mainly in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, in the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Spain and in Australia. There are several Aloe companies. For any Aloe drink to stand a chance of doing good, it needs to contain a substantial quantity of the parenchymatous gel. If a product is clear, looks like water and tastes like water, then it probably is water, and not particularly beneficial.

In the USA is an independent organization established, called International Aloe Science Council which, amongst other things, evaluates the quality of aloe products. If such products meet with various criteria and reach a particular standard, they are accredited with the IASC seal of approval, which can then appear on the container. Cold stabilised aloe vera gel is about 97% pure and the nearest thing that you can get to the natural raw gel extracted from the plant.


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OptimiX – Optimized Mixed Diet

The optimized mixed diet was developed originally for the child nutrition. This concept fulfils both scientific and practical criteria. Thus, on one hand it ensures that the body is supplied with sufficient energy and nutrients, on the other hand, it is ideal to prevent diseases, which can develop from a poor diet.

For children a balanced diet is especially important. Because they need a lot of energy and nutrients relative to their body weight, to ensure healthy growth and development. OptimiX® is also practical. It takes into account not only the usual eating habits – but also what children and young people like to eat. Therefore, the whole family benefits, because this diet is not only suitable for small children, school children and adolescents, but also for adults. Another important point is the fact that this diet uses normal everyday foods, so for this healthy diet no additional money must be spent, important because nowadays especially as families with children are often financially less privileged.

General principle: nothing is forbidden in this diet! Important is the correct mixture!

In OptiMix there are three simple rules for food selection, in accordance of the colours of the traffic lights:

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In optimiX® there are recommended and tolerated foods. Recommended foods have a high nutrient density. That means, these foods contain plenty of vitamins and minerals in relation to their energy content. This includes mainly fruits, vegetables, potatoes, cereal products, milk and milk products and meat. As for fats, vegetable fats are recommended. In optimiX® these foods provide all the required nutrients, but only about 90% of the required food energy (calories). The remaining 10% of energy can be taken from the so called tolerated foods, like sweets, cakes, marmalade and even nougat cream. Typical of these foods are a lot of energy but few vitamins and minerals, which means low nutrient density.

OptimiX® provides a balanced diet. The largest part of the food energy (55%) is from carbohydrates, mainly of cereals, potatoes and fruit. Fat of predominantly vegetable origin, provides about 30% of food energy. The remaining 15%  comes from proteins and is one half each of animal (milk, meat, fish and eggs) and vegetable origin (cereals, potatoes). With this diet, we also get enough of all the necessary vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

OptimiX® recommends 5 meals a day, three main meals and 2 snacks in between. The 3 main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are of medium amounts and the two snacks in between a small so that the total amount does not exceed the required daily need for food.
One of the advantages of eating regularly is the greatly reduced occurrence of cravings, as the blood sugar level drops only a little if at all.

In combination with the “Traffic-Light-Clock” (shows what kind of food should be eaten at what time of day) optimiX® is the foundation of nutritional part of my weight loss programme.

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