Health Programme 2016 – Fighting Those Cravings

OPTIMUM HEALTH DIARY: This section documents my pursuit of peak health and sports performance using established methods, breakthroughs in sports science and alternative/nature options. I’ll be using my film-making and editing skills to also create a video diary here. ______________________________________________


JAN 18th (Mon): I did a joke posting a few weeks ago about Burger King cravings out of nowhere. Jokes aside the easiest way to replace a craving is 1) to understand it 2) to replace it rather than kill it off.  According to this article at “From an evolutionary point of view, junk food cravings are linked to prehistoric times when the brain’s opioids and dopamine reacted to the benefit of high-calorie food as a survival mechanism. We are programmed to enjoy eating fatty and sugary substances, and our brains tell us to seek them out.”.

Well the best way to deal with that is ‘replacement.’ This works for me. I had strong caffeine cravings for years & you justify them out of a fear of change. Easy just replace tea, coffee etc with the choices below, including specially ordered herbal Lavender tea. Also I drink natural cocoa (Green & Black’s Organic Cocoa) because despite its caffeine it has minimal stimulant effect and has healthy flavinoids and anti-oxidants. Flavionoids help with lowering blood pressure and circulation. A study by Cornel University shows it has 5xs the anti-oxidants of black tea, 3xs that of green tea & 2xs that of red wine. Also remember to use pure set honey instead of sugar to kick that sweet tooth in a healthy way.



CAMOMILE TEA Health Benefits – University of Maryland

Supporting Research: Ali-Shtayeh MS, Yaniv Z, Mahajna J. Ethnobotanical survey in the Palestinian area: a classification of the healing potential of medicinal plants. J Ethnopharmacol. 2000;73(1-2):221-232.

Amsterdam JD, Shults J, Soeller I, Mao JJ, Rockwell K, Newberg AB. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) may provide antidepressant activity in anxious, depressed humans: an exploratory study. Altern Ther Health Med. 2012 Sep-Oct;18(5):44-9.

Amsterdam JD, Yimei L, Soeller I, et al. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral Matricaria recutita (chamomile) extract therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2009;29(4):378-382.

PEPPERMINT TEA Health Benefits – University of Maryland

Supporting Research: Alam MS, Roy PK, Miah AR, et al. Efficacy of Peppermint oil in diarrhea predominant IBS – a double blind randomized placebo – controlled study. Mymensingh Med J. 2013; 22:27-30.

Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckmann J. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications; 2000:297-303.



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