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How To Tell When Your Diet Isn’t Working – by Frederic Patenaude

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How To Tell When Your Diet Isn’t Working – by Frederic Patenaude

Let me start off by asking you a simple question: do you feel you’re getting the best results from your current food program?

After all, we all want the same things: increased energy, a fit body, to live longer and healthier, avoid and heal health challenges, and attain a sound nutritional approach to the way we eat and live.

Sometimes it happens that you may be doing well for a while with your diet, but imperceptibly you move away from the results you’re looking for, and sooner or later you realize, “this diet isn’t working for me anymore!”

Nobody wants to have to go through this experience, so here are some warning signs to watch out for and what to do about them.

1. Cravings

It’s perfectly normal to experience cravings for cooked and processed foods when you transition to a mostly raw or all raw diet. The problem comes to be when these cravings persist and don’t go away, or they are so powerful they are difficult to control.

In my experience, there are two causes for cravings: nutritional and emotional. I will review nutritional causes now, as emotional causes are much more complex and beyond the scope of this article.

However I will say that emotions and your food do go hand-in-hand, and identifying the emotional triggers and reasons why you eat what you do can help you attain a healthier, more conscious approach to eating.

Nutritional causes are fairly simple: if you’re not eating enough calories from fruits and vegetables, you *are* going to crave cooked and processed foods. At least eventually.

The trick is to be able to consume enough fruits to get your calories, without consuming more fat than you need to (and at the same time consuming enough greens for minerals).

Eating enough vegetables and other nutritionally-dense foods is important as well.

Some cravings stem from the body’s cry for minerals or certain nutrients. Everybody has a much different history and intake of specific vitamins and minerals in their lives, and our body’s all have varying amounts and stores of them.

So follow your intuition if you’re craving something for a nutritional reason, which only you can decide for yourself.

Eating too much fat also has a tendency to slow the body down and cause cravings, typically for starchy or sweet foods.

Just eating enough calories on a daily basis to support your body is usually enough to keep cravings away, but if you find yourself craving something particular over a period of time, use your own head.

2. No Energy to Exercise

If you have no energy to exercise, or are not making progress in your fitness program, it’s likely because you’re not consuming enough calories and/or you are consuming too much fat/not getting the right minerals.

An energy deficit will be obvious when you follow a fitness program. If you’re barely consuming enough fruits and vegetables to meet your dietary needs, you can’t expect to have extra energy to exercise.

People often tend to “under-estimate” the amount of fruits and vegetables they need to eat to support themselves, and “over-estimate” the amount of fat that they need to eat. This combination leaves people feeling sluggish and tired.

3. Waking Up in the Morning Tired

Waking up in the morning still tired is also a sign that your diet may not be balanced.

Many people experience this on a raw food diet after overdoing the avocados and nut butter. So if you’re experiencing the morning fog, I recommend you look at how much fat you’re eating and if it’s in the right amounts for you.

You may experiment with eating just low-fat fruits/vegetables for several nights, and finishing your meal several hours before bed, and see if that has on impact on your energy levels.

Chances are that you’ll start waking up in the morning much more refreshed and energetic!

4. Inability to Maintain Weight

Two things can happen here. Either you haven’t been able to *release* the weight you were carrying around in excess, or you’re getting thinner than you’d like to be.

In the first case, if you’re still struggling to reach your ideal weight, even though you’ve transitioned to a raw food diet, you may simply have the wrong nutritional and lifestyle approach.

Releasing excess weight is a taxing process on the body and needs to be allowed the proper amount of time to happen.

Everyone will need to eat slightly different combinations and amounts of foods to feel their best too, so I encourage you to trust your body and not invest everything into a “guru” to tell you what to eat!

If you’re getting thinner than you’d like to, know that the best thing you can do is to combine strength training (basically lifting weights or high-resistance bodyweight exercises) and eating plenty of food. More than you may be used to.

If you wish to gain significant muscle mass, you can, even on a raw food diet.

But you’ll need a good training program and to consume the right amounts and combinations of calories and nutrients to get the results you want.

5. You’re Confused

Another sign that you may be heading towards a diet “disaster” is having the feeling of confusion and doubt. Eventually, that feeling may intensify and lead you to either give up entirely or spend all sorts of time and money trying other programs that won’t work either.

The solution to this is to gain sufficient knowledge to avoid this confusion, go to the root of emotional issues behind food, and find a group of people for community and support that can provide you with constant encouragement and inspiration to continue on the path of radiant health.

And ultimately if you still find yourself confused, listen to your own needs. You know them better than anybody.

What have been your experiences with changes in your diet, cravings, or any other roadblocks you faced in your diet journeys?

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Robby Wharton of Morningstar Minerals

For the fifth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Robby Wharton, Production Manager at Morningstar Minerals. I first met Robby at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA a few years ago. There are lots of booths/vendors there giving out samples/products and I am not inclined to take everything that is given me. I am a “purist” in every sense of the word. I eat food that is raw, whole, fresh and organic and nothing that is processed (I eat fruits, vegetables, greens and small amounts of fats that include nuts, seeds and avocados). I also only use the purest products on my skin/body, as well.

So, what does this have to do with this interview, you may ask? When I walked by the booth that Robby was in, he handed me a bag with samples. It wasn’t a plastic, paper or canvas bag. It stood out to me because it was a weaved bag with a plastic see-through front(I am a “bag-aholic,” so when I see someone with a bag at the Expo or elsewhere that I like, I have to have it! I am not talking about a purse/handbag, but rather ones that I can use for shopping, but some I have used like a handbag). I loved the bag and did come back again so I could get more bags(I wanted to give them for presents, too, not just for “selfish me”). I had a chance to look through the products that were in there and my favorite turned out to be the Derma Boost Skin Rejuvenator (their supplements are great, but I personally don’t use any). I sprayed it on my face and felt instantly refreshed and renewed. From then on I was hooked on the product and have been using it regularly for a few years now. I even got Robby to send me some as a birthday present – Thanks, Robby! 🙂 I also learned from Robby more about the fulvic minerals that were discovered by the owner of the company that have extremely beneficial properties to the body. We need minerals to keep the alkaline balance in our body so we can thrive at being alive!

To access Morningstar Minerals Website, please click on the link I have provided on the right-hand side of the page under the column titled Blogroll. You will learn more about the minerals in their products that they mine and process themselves and why they are so unique and revolutionary. If you click on Resources, on the website you will see a video that tells you more about the company.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

16 years ago I started working for a new company and met the owner Geoff McMahon he is a life time vegetarian and marathon runner and has been into nutrition for some time. I have been suffering from a mining accident for some years now and had been taking vitamins and herbal supplements but with little relief from my pain this is when he told me about minerals, raw food, water and how they help give your body the nutrients and ability to heal. After doing this for 2 weeks I started feeling the difference in my mobility.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

Food – would be greens and lemons
Book – would be the Bible
Our Organic Soil Activator this will make the sandy soil more nutritious for the plants and fruits that is already there and for the garden we grow.
Plenty of veggie seeds to grow a garden

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Drink good clean water and at least a 50/50 diet of raw foods.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this
moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

A water purifier, people do not drink enough water.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Morningstar Minerals promotes Health Wellness Vitality
All our products help the body to stay alkaline and help the body absorb the nutrients we need to stay healthy.
Energy boost 70 is a great electrolyte that helps the body absorb the nutrients and vitamins we need.
Vitality boost HA is the best for high mineral intake and it also has the ability to absorb heavy metals toxins, viral loads from the body and is great for detoxification.
Inner Vitality is a combination of energy boost 70 and vitality boost ha. This product has the best of both worlds and helps with keeping focused and concentration.
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Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

Knowledge!!!
People have no knowledge how easy it is to control there heath problems just by diet and exercise. If people would just take there health into there own hands they would discover how LIFE should be with out all the pharmaceuticals they consume and the other problems it can cause.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

My Boss, Geoff McMahon, who taught me how to take my health into my own hands and it works!!

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Our bodies are made up of mostly water. The biggest problem I have seen is that people do not drink enough water. Water is what we need not just to stay hydrated but to keep us flushed from the toxins we get just by living day to day.

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