Many people are turned off by nutrition because they think they will have to give up their regular diet and start eating things they know are “good” for them but that they don’t enjoy.


Taking away people’s favorite foods is like taking heroin away from a heroin addict. The food is giving them something they need. I have found that one of the most effective methods to overcome habitual consumption of unhealthy foods is to simply crowd out these foods.


It is hard to eat five fruits and vegetables a day and binge on ice cream in addition.  The body can only take so much food.


If you fill your body with healthy, nutrient-dense foods, it is only natural that cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen substantially.


Eating healthy foods can crowd out the desire for junk foods. Vegetables are high in vitamins and you can eat a lot of them without gaining weight.  When you increase your intake of nutritious foods, such as dark leafy greens and nuts, your body will have less room for processed, sugary, nutrient-deficient foods.


And the beautiful part is that once you start adding these foods into your diet, your body will naturally begin to crave them.  The trick is to organize you life so that you have access to these healthful foods at ALL times, especially when you feel like snacking at work or while traveling.


I’d like to make it clear that I am not against fast, convenient food.  I think it is a great idea.  But I long for the day when the colorful packages on our supermarket shelves and the paper wrappers from fast foods restaurants contain good, wholesome, nutritious foods that keep us healthy.


SCD adapted from:  editor@integrativenutrition.com