• An Alkaline System, Why Am I Craving Sweets?

    BABY RUTH CANDY BARI can’t tell you that I am 100% right on this, but I can tell you that the following works in my own life, and I am one who certainly loved sweets and lived on them for many years of my life. I don’t, however, crave them much any more.

    For my personal system I have figured out that if I am craving sweets…beyond just a decision to have dessert every now and then…I usually am low on one or more of the following. (Actually, I learned what to look for with the aid of a very good nutritionist!)

    1. Chromium
    2. Tryptophan
    3. Carbon Phosphorus
    4. Magnesium (when I crave chocolate)

    Now, if none of those mean anything to you, it really doesn’t matter. Just know, that helping yourself to an extra dose of the following on a consistant basis might just cure your cravings. (And you might need to supplement.)

    1. Broccoli
    2. Kale
    3. Cabbage
    4. Sweet Potatoes (not for women over 50)
    5. Spinach
    6. Cauliflower
    7. Chicken*
    8. Beef*
    9. Liver*
    10. Hard Cheese*
    11. Eggs* (Make an omlette using ingredients on this list.)
    12. Almonds
    13. Tomatoes

    I know; I know. I remember just how you feel! Why would you want to eat spinach when you’re craving a Baby Ruth, right?

    For me, the beginning of the end of the sugar cravings was when I began to add a handful of nuts as a snack several times a day. Just remember that I can get by with this because I watch my carbs, but if you do not do that, nuts do pack a lot of calories. You also might want to consider Almonds as your nut of choice because they are more alkaline than many.

    If you have a juicer or Nutribullet, try making a smoothie from broccoli, kale, cauliflower, 4-5 cherry tomatoes, and 6-8 almonds. It sounds crazy, and it won’t happen overnight, but I do eat this way myself and I actually go many days at a time without even thinking about eating sugar…not that this happened overnight, you understand!

    I also have to be careful with the kale. If I allow the stem to get into the juicer, my drink becomes much stronger than I like. (You also need to expect that if you do as I did and cut sugar and flour out of your diet, cold turkey, it may take a couple of weeks for you to lose the tired feeling that just might follow.)

    Yep, I actually drink it with a good dash of cayenne pepper on top!

    Yep, I actually drink it with a good dash of cayenne pepper on top!

    A final thing that is often suggested to kill the sugar cravings is saffron extract. Just don’t expect it to work overnight. Everything I have read said that it will take about four weeks for the extract to help get those cravings under control!

    *Remember, these are very acidic; however, I do have quite a bit of meat in my diet. My system stays alkaline because I also keep very alkaline foods on board to offset the others. I also see my doctor for regular blood work so that I always know when my diet and supplimentation are working.

    And don’t forget, I only relate my own personal experiences here and certainly do not hand out medical advice. For beginning research, you might start with the Livestrong Foundation.

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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