Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Most people know that whole and minimally processed foods are best for achieving health, happiness, and longevity, so why don’t we crave them like we crave salty snacks or sweet treats? Luckily, natural foods chef and healthy living expert Pooja Mottl has the answer—and a solid game plan for kicking our addictions to processed, frozen, and packaged foods. Author of the new, revolutionary Seal Press book, The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days, Mottl educates and empowers readers by sharing eye-opening nutritional information that ultimately explains why eating whole foods is a crucial first step on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Here are 5 simple ways to begin to reset your cravings for ingredients like sugar, wheat, salt, and chocolate:
1. Reach for Dried Fruits & Unrefined Sweeteners: Instead of consuming refined sugars, such as white table sugar, brown sugar, and sweetened beverages, reach for whole foods like dried fruits or unrefined sweeteners like raw honey.
2. Switch Out Cereals & Breads for Whole Grains: Instead of eating products made with refined wheat, such as cereals and breads, explore alternatives like quinoa and brown rice. For example, there’s a delicious Banana-Cinnamon Rice Cereal recipe in The 3-Day Reset that can be made in less than ten minutes.
3. Skip the “Fraudster” Yogurt: The vast majority of yogurts that line store shelves today are actually fake “healthy food.” Consider an alternative to poseur yogurts made with unhealthy additives, preservatives, and sugars. You can make more nourishing and delicious versions by adding crushed, fresh, whole fruits to plain yogurt (preferably made with milk from grass-fed cows).
4. Check the Cacao Content: In lieu of typical chocolate desserts, which often contain unhealthy additives and very little real cacao, choose only chocolate labeled 70% or more cacao content.
5. Get Back to Basics with Beverages: Instead of consuming beverages like vitamin-enhanced waters, bottled iced teas, vanilla lattes, and energy drinks—all of which are heavily processed—drink water flavored with slices of fruit, lemons, or herbs; hot or iced teas made with unrefined sweeteners like dried whole cane sugar; and other homemade beverages with recipes found in The 3-Day Reset.
For more tips, visit 3DayReset.com and SealPress.com.
About Seal Press: Seal Press was founded in 1976 to provide a forum for women writers and feminist issues. Since then, Seal has published groundbreaking books that represent the diverse voices and interests of women—their lives, literature, and concerns. Seal's authors are radical and original thinkers, professionals with a distinct point of view, gutsy explorers, truth-tellers, and writers who engender laughter, tears, and rage. Seal Press publishes books with the goal of informing women’s lives. Based in Berkeley, Calif., Seal is a member of the Perseus Books Group. To learn more, visit the Seal Press website.