A few years back, TV shows and movies used to portray a
pregnant woman as someone who had bizarre cravings for
things like pickles and ice cream or noodles and jelly. It
was always good for a laugh.
But seriously, food cravings are usually not a reflection
of weird food fantasies or a lack of self control. They're
your body's way of letting you know that something is
missing in your diet.
Unfortunately, most people reach for things like
chocolate, cookies, processed snacks, fast food, ice cream
or soda when they feel a craving because, even though
they're the worst possible things to put in your mouth,
they quickly fill the void and they taste good.
What people don't realize is that most "food cravings" are
NOT because you are hungry. It's your body's way of
letting you know you need more water--that you're
Every day you lose over 2 quarts (64 oz.) of water through
our normal bodily functions alone, so you need to take in
at least enough water to replace what you lose...plus your
body needs even more than that.
The average person doesn't drink anywhere near 2 quarts of
water a day, so there are a lot of people walking around
dehydrated and don't even know it.
A good guide is to drink a quart of water (32 oz.) for
every 50 pounds of bodyweight each day.
If you feel you're craving junk food or soda, have a glass
of water first. Chances are the hunger feeling will
subside within minutes.
If you still experience cravings even after your body is
properly hydrated, that could be a sign of a vitamin or
With the typical kind of diet that prevails in the US (and
many other countries too), millions of people are
nutritionally deficient. Here's why:
First, processed foods (boxed, canned, and most bagged and
bottled "foods") are so denatured and chemicalized that
even though they may have started out as real food, they
end up as anything but. As a result of the processing, the
only nutrients left are those that are sprinkled in by the
food manufacturers to make them sound "healthy."
But since processed foods are so acidic to the body, those
added nutrients are useless because an acidic body cannot
effectively absorb vitamins and minerals.
As a result you get a nutritional deficiency.
This is really a double whammy and here's why:
The body's hunger signal is triggered by a need for
nutrients, not by something to fill the space. So when you
eat a processed food and wonder why you can polish off a
huge bag of chips and feel hungry again an hour later,
Your body isn't getting nourished. It's trying to tell
you to eat REAL food.
And you know what eating all those chips (or other
processed foods) leads to.
That's right--love handles, thunder thighs and the dreaded
Bad food combinations also lead to nutritional
deficiencies. Poorly combined foods cause the stomach to
overproduce acid, and the excess acid destroys some or all
of the naturally occurring nutrients in your food.
So you could have what would appear to be a healthy home-
cooked meal made from all fresh foods, but if it's badly
combined, you're not getting any of the nutrients (and
asking for digestive problems).
The GTNP manuals teach you which foods are naturally
acidic to your body, they explain what happens when
processed foods are eaten, and they show you how to
correctly combine tasty REAL foods to keep stomach acid low.
And of course, they explain how and when to add water,
which means a better hydrated, more nourished you...and NO
I just wanted to share with you the wonderful results I
have experienced since beginning your program.
I came about your website from a friend who has studied
nutrition for years. He has been eating and advising me to
eat in a way similar to your program for the past 20 years.
And yet, I always fell off the wagon, not convinced that
this was the lifestyle I wanted or needed. I was a
confirmed "junk food junkie." I loved my sodas, chips and
chocolate. It was a way of life.
The way I ate reflected in my weight. And everything that
has ever been wrong with me in my life has been directly
related to my being overweight. I was told I couldn't get
pregnant (took us 8 years), had high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, depression, breast cancer, debilitating
headaches and fatigue. Not a pretty picture for someone
not even 50 years old.
In March 2007, I had Gastric By-Pass Surgery because I had
hit my all time highest weight of 323 pounds. I thought
the surgery would be a quick fix for my problems. And from
the beginning it was. I lost 75 pounds in the first six
months. And that is where I stayed, still having 75 pounds
to lose. I have been stuck ever since and even gained 20
pounds during the holidays this past year.
Recently, I realized I was a food addict being of the
obsessive, compulsive type. I am an emotional eater on top
of being a real lover of good food. I had to come to grips
with this reality. I wanted to be better to my body but
wasn't sure how to do it. I needed a plan.
This simplicity of your eating plan is a winner! I love
it and I lost 6 pounds the first 4 days on the plan. I was
hesitant to purchase another eating plan from the beginning
but after the fourth day, I was convinced this was the plan
I am not starving all the time, my energy level has
noticeably increased and, although I didn't realize I had
been retaining fluid, it is gone. I have not had a problem
with elimination but that too has improved. I am
comfortable eating the suggested foods and totally enjoy
them. It is even manageable for eating out.
I received my program kit yesterday and really can't wait
to see what treat I am in store for next. It is like a new
adventure and a very realistic opportunity to improve my
health while losing the unwanted weight that is still my
burden. I have already shared your plan with others who I
know suffer from intestinal discomfort.
Thank you for sharing your success with the rest of us.
We all will be healthier because of your efforts.