Many people believe cravings come from the tongue. Instead, they come from nutritional deficiencies and weak organs that stimulate your taste buds. Sometimes these cravings are restorative, guiding you to the right foods your body needs. Other times, they are pathological. For example, people who feel tired crave candy and coffee. People who feel bored crave crunchy chips with salt. People with weak lungs crave cigarettes. People with weak livers crave alcohol. Once you know the reason you are craving these foods, you can help yourself in healthy ways. For example, if you are tired you can take a break. If you are bored you can reconnect with the joy of stillness. If your lungs are weak you can go for a walk. If your liver is weak you nourish it with coconut oil, or cleanse it with bitters.
As you start examining your cravings, you will learn how your emotions, your body, and your hunger are inextricably linked. You will discover how you can manage some of the deep forces within that drive your decisions and behavior around food. Then, paradoxically, you find freedom from your food cravings by following them.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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