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From: Ricardo from Brazil (186.221.212.73)
Subject:         Cravings and how I am fighting them
Date: May 8, 2011 at 10:02 am PST

In Reply to: Re: To stay on Plant based food and VLF after a reversion. posted by herman on May 4, 2011 at 8:44 am:

Hi Herman,
Let me give details on my Cravings. We all are different, but we have common things: our brains and digestion system (and not to forget, our subconscious thoughts). They are the ones that command our cravings. I can separate the cravings in different items:

1) After the Doctor that run the Tread Mill and Pet tests said on the day of 04/02/2011 that I was “cured” of CAD, and that I was being “promoted” to Prevention from Reverse, my brain suggested: “now you can eat a little of this and a little of that”. Then I replied to the brain: Dr. E said that “Moderation Kills”. The brain said: “OK, for now”. I think that craving for me it is like an old drunk person that goes to AA meetings. They never said that they are cured, but that they do not drink for so X days.

2) Crave for more veggie food. I suffer from this “vice”. It happens with fruits and vegetables and I happily surrender to this kind of cravings. I love to go to our farmers markets stands that set place 2 times a week close to my home. I even use that opportunity to exercise, pulling my cart full of fruits and veggies. I consider these people my allies and I chat with them just a little. They do not imagine how I am grateful to them. So I may overspend on these and arriving home I eat much more fruits than I perhaps should. The good aspect is that my blood tests (here in Brazil the labs send them to us via email, but I heard that is not so in other countries). The blood tests do not show abnormalities in sugar levels for that. My digestion is ok too. Bottom is that I will not touch this item as I am still loosing weight eating all that stuff…

3) Passing in front of the bread bakery: that smell of fresh white bread it is a temptation. Even after so much time on the “All plant based food and VLF” I feel tempted to buy white bread “for the family”, but arriving home I used to eat much of it. I have to report that to fight that lie to myself, I fight my brain with a phrase I learned not long ago: “Do I need that?”. It is starting to work for me.

4) Eating out. I try to follow advises that are in our vegan books: To eat before visiting friends/family that offer food (lunch or dinner). Explaining that I am vegan, etc. In non-Vegan restaurants I suffer, but I do not go out much for that.

5) A tradition here in Brazil is to drink a cup of tea in the likes of Starbucks. I am still working on that. They serve even green tea, but my addiction to coffee makes it very difficult. I am working on it and I will tell you how I bypass it when I find permanent victory…

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