What shall we do if we have the cravings?

What shall we do if we have the cravings?

When discussing diets, human beings have a habit of reverting back to certain phrases that reinforce negative behaviours; how many times have you or someone else said “I love sweet food!” or “a cup of Americano is a MUST for me to wake up in the morning”?

Although these statements are fit for purpose for describing the everyday short-term desires of our bodies, they leave much to the imagination about what our bodies need. Perhaps we should be asking, “why do I crave these things?” and “what is really good for me?”.

Despite knowing better, we find it hard to break the habit of indulging those cravings and sparking conversations about the delicious treats we all know and love.

What happens to our bodies when we indulge our cravings?

When we feed our sugar cravings, our blood sugar peaks rapidly. This is because all these sweet foods are broken down into glucose quickly inside the body, which makes your pancreas produce large amounts of insulin. This insulin starts to work inside your blood stream, knocking on the doors of all cells that it can reach, and allowing them to open up and absorb glucose as a form of energy. This releases a rapid burst of energy and is why you feel so energetic for a short while after eating sweet thing.

Unfortunately, this energy does not last. The glucose inside your blood stream is used very quickly and results in your blood sugar dropping drastically. What follows is a sugar low.

The next desire of our body is to consume more sugar in order to rejuvenate our blood sugar levels; at this specific moment, your brain will send a signal to take in new energy as soon as you can. These signals present themselves in physical ways such as shaking and making concentration difficult.

So, we should eat more sugar, right?

When we are under this type of “unconscious” condition, our bodies will tell us this is the easiest thing to do because they can turn sugar into glucose quickly, meaning that your low energy condition will be enhanced straight away. However, this is exactly what we should not do. This is the time to break the cycle of blood sugar highs followed by deep lows. The more we feed our bodies sugar, the stronger the cravings become.

We need to find healthy alternatives to sugar in order to sustain our bodies for longer and avoid these crash cycles, as continuing to function in this way will cause long term damage to 3 major organs; the pancreas, liver and the adrenal gland (which reacts to low sugar). Damage to these is the main cause of type II diabetes.

Scientist and nutritionist have undertaken a number of research projects that have revealed that our food cravings can often be a sign of certain nutrient needs.

As such, we seek the foods we crave. For example, if your body needs more Magnesium, chocolate could provide this. When we eat the chocolate, our body responds by memorizing the taste and subsequent feeling gained from it. As a result, the next time your body is short of magnesium, you will grab a chocolate bar without thinking in order to satisfy it.

This is essentially ‘comfort food’ which contains plenty of unhealthy elements that have negative outcomes for our bodies. One way to look at it is that you always lose more than what you can gain from them.

What shall we do if we have the cravings?

Firstly, we should build up our awareness. Try to ask questions about alternative food to satisfy you and attempt to explore the reason behind your cravings. You can simply do a mineral test to find out what you need, take the right supplements and be free of the craving. Once we have the awareness, facing our cravings is easier and you don’t need to follow your unconscious mind and surrender to your craving.

Today, we will introduce the nutrients you may need from your craving and what type of food you can choose as a replacement.

1. Craving for Chocolate

Chocolate craving

You might need: Magnesium
Food Suggestion: Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, and fruits

2. Craving for sweets or sugary items

SugarCravings2

You might need: Chromium
Food Suggestion: Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken

You might need: Carbon
Food Suggestion: Fresh fruits

You might need: Phosphorus
Food Suggestion: Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, legumes, grains

You might need: Sulfur
Food Suggestion: Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage

You might need: Tryptophan
Food Suggestion: Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach

3. Craving for bread or toast

Breadcravings
You might need: Nitrogen
Food Suggestion: High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans

4. Craving for fatty foods

Fattyfoodcravings
You might need: Calcium
Food Suggestion: Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame

Food is the fuel for our body. Whether said food is good or bad all rests on your knowledge and awareness of nutrition. We must not forget that a healthy human should always be in balance, the condition of “I must not eat this…” or “I should never eat that” is equally not normal. We can like something and we can certainly enjoy it, but how can we manage our relationship with it?

Have you been experiencing a particular food craving? If so, leave us a message. We will help you to identify what you might need.

Santosa’s detox program is an effective way to identify what is missing from your diet and to get rid of your craving. Our detox center located in beautiful Phuket, Thailand, has a wide selection of detox programs, healthy eating programs, juice fasts, fitness activities, yoga classes and spa treatments to not only rejuvenate your health, but help you to learn how to eat in a healthy way and get rid of your cravings.

For further information, simply fill out the enquiry form and a member of staff will get back to you. We look forward to watching you glow at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center.

9 day raw fast – best gift to your hubby

9 day raw fast – best gift to your hubby

“I surprised my husband with a 9 day Raw Detox at Santosa Detox & Wellness Centre right before our 5 week European holiday in July 2018.

From the very first day of our arrival we settled right in to the experience of detox and exercise. It was also a quiet period so there were not many guests which meant that we were pretty ‘spoiled’ by the wonderful staff. Each day we would wake up at 7am and head to the morning yoga, which was a wonderful way to start the day. Not too strenuous.Then we would have our green shot and head over to the morning meeting to explain the plan for the day ahead. We sipped on the concoction we had to take prior to our first colonic of the day and then would go to have the colonic which became a daily ritual (twice) we actually looked forward to.
Knowing that it was getting rid of toxins and waste in the body. The room was private and clean and there was a TV to watch informative shows.

After this there could be another exercise, like yoga, pilates, zumba, HIIT, acro yoga. Then the relaxing part of the day which we always looked forward to, a wonderful massage and then our Raw lunch. After this we might have half an hour to run down to the pool and swim and sunbathe before the next colonic. Then there would be another form of exercise or meditation for an hour. Time now for hot sauna and cold plunge pool.

Then, yay….. dinner! We did every single activity that was planned and virtually ran to every one. There was no time to sit and relax (except the half hour at the pool). We went back to our 2 bedroom apartment and there we would relax with TV or just simply get a good nights sleep and start all over again the next day.

We were loving it and my husband was feeling particularly good and energised and loving the fact that he was losing weight daily. By the end of the 9 days he had lost nearly 6 kgs and a great deal of visceral fat. I had lost just 1 kg (but had less to lose) but my body age that started at 36 (I am 60 yrs old) came down to 35 !

We went to Europe and met up with our friends and they all said how well we both looked. My husband still talks about Santosa daily and wants to return, which we will.

The staff were awesome, particularly Maria, Paula, Olivia and Leila. They are so knowledgeable and caring. The owner is lucky to have these girls and the other wonderful staff particularly when she returns home and leaves them to run the business. We could not fault anything. OK the accommodation is quite basic but it is clean and serviced every day.

We would highly recommend Santosa to anyone looking at changing up their lives and doing a detox who is serious. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future. ”

June & Marty

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Living a healthy life can be challenging. It requires dedication and sacrifice, and time that many people do not believe that they have. Nothing about maintaining a healthy lifestyle is quick or simple. However, it does not have to be difficult or complicated. If you really want to live a healthier, more sustainable life, chances are that you will need to say goodbye to your current way of living. 

Do not let changing the way you live scare you. It does not have to be dramatic. Start small, but remember that you plan to go big. In order to achieve health & wellness goals, you will need to remain focused as well as stay committed. If you are determined to live a healthier life, but overwhelmed by taking on the task on your own, consider a detox holiday at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center. 

Surrounded by abundant nature and outstanding mountain and sea views, Santosa is an all-inclusive health & wellness retreat located on the tropical island of Phuket, in southern Thailand. Our programs are not only comprehensive, but they also produce results. If you are looking to lead a healthier life, Santosa can help. We offer a wide variety of detox programs, fitness classes, wellness programs as well as an on-site spa, sauna, ice bath, delicious vegan restaurant and so much more! 

Santosa prides itself on ensuring that guests receive a personal touch. Our detox retreat is hands-on while our dedicated staff are always around to listen, give advice and remind you that you are doing the best thing that you could do for you, which is giving yourself a higher quality of life.

Once you become serious about living a healthier life, start with the approach that the changes you make are going to be permanent and that you are setting yourself up for long-term, sustainable success. You will notice that the small changes you make to the way you are living will lead to bigger changes, and soon enough, your entire life will be different in a really good way.

By accepting that there are things that need to change in the way you currently live your life, you are acknowledging that you want to have a better quality of life. Whether is incorporating exercise, dropping a bad habit such as smoking, going to yoga class, trying mediation or overhauling your diet, it has been your choice. Once you realize that you truly have the ability to choose, you will feel amazing. 

Commit to a healthier version of yourself. A stay at Santosa can set you on the right path and give you the support you need to reach your goals. Once you set this healthier lifestyle into motion, you will not only feel healthier but you will also feel happier and stronger. Appreciate yourself, appreciate your life and treat today like it is the first day of your life. 

For more information on how Santosa can set you on the path to a healthier lifestyle, simply fill out the inquiry form below. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa and watching the quality of your life flourish and grow. 

Reduce Inflammation in the Body with Food and Exercise

Reduce Inflammation in the Body with Food and Exercise

Do you live a healthy life? We all know that eating the right foods and getting plenty of exercise is good for our health, but did you know that this lifestyle does more than lower your cholesterol and help you lose weight? In fact, healthy food and regular exercise can help ward off diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s by reducing inflammation. 

Chronic inflammation is an autoimmune disorder that attacks normal, healthy tissue. Generally, it mistakes the tissue for a pathogen that causes disease. Chronic inflammation puts our bodies on high alert all of the time and can have lasting damage to our hearts, brains and other vital organs. So many major diseases – depression, diabetes, arthritis – have been linked to chronic inflammation. 

Have you ever experienced any type of inflammation in your body? If yes, you know that it can be quite unpleasant and uncomfortable. However, there are ways to combat chronic inflammation, and some of the best remedies include fueling your body with good food and lots of exercise.

Foods that Fight Inflammation

A good way to fight inflammation is by taking a trip to the grocery store or fresh market. Many foods and beverages have anti-inflammatory properties, it is just a matter of knowing which ones to choose. If you are looking to reduce the risk of inflammation in your body, it is best to choose healthy foods. Good examples of these include leafy green vegetables, nuts such as almonds or walnuts, olive oil, tomatoes, and fruits such as oranges, strawberries, blueberries and cherries. If you do eat meat, make sure to stick to fatty fish varieties such as salmon, mackerel and tuna. 

Avoid refined carbohydrates and red meat whenever possible. French fries and other friend foods as well as margarine and soft drinks should also be avoided. Try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet whenever possible to avoid weight gain, as this is also another factor that contributes to inflammation. 

The Exercise Component

Exercise is good for the body, and it is recommended that we exercise at least 30 minutes five times per week. For those who suffer from chronic inflammation, exercise is known to reduce inflammatory markers. Go for a brisk walk, ride an exercise bike or join a cardio class such as HIIT. Strength-Training that works all of the muscle groups is also good, and should be practiced at least two times per week. 

Exercise has been found to produce an anti-inflammatory cellular response which, in turn, highlights the benefits of physical activity. Not only does exercise reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, it also strengthens the heart, muscles and bones. Exercise leaves us feeling refreshed, which is particularly important for those suffering from chronic inflammation.

Fighting Inflammation at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

If you suffer from chronic inflammation and would like to empower yourself with the tools needed to combat it, come and see us at Santosa. Located on tropical Phuket, an island in southern Thailand, our detox retreat is surrounded by nature and the perfect place to unwind, relax and reboot. 

For those battling inflammation, we have a variety of detox programs to choose from to reset your system and put you on a healthier journey. Our fitness classes are results-driven and can give insight into what works for your body and what does not. 

For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below. A member of staff will be in touch with answers to any and all questions you might have. We look forward to seeing you soon at Santosa. 

Use Detox to Kick Off a Whole New Lifestyle

Use Detox to Kick Off a Whole New Lifestyle

Is it time for a fresh start? Are you ready for a whole new lifestyle that will allow you to unleash your full potential? Do you have 21 days to dedicate to a life transformation? If you answered yes to any of these questions, now is the best time to participate in a detox program.

Detox has many benefits and there are many different programs to choose from. However, each program endeavors to achieve the same goal. That goal is to rid the body of toxins.

Over the last year, Santosa has welcomed a wide variety of guests from around the world to our detox retreat. All come with the common goal of transforming their lives and forming healthy habits. Many of our guests choose to stay with us for 21 days to participate in a well-rounded detox program. Is there a significance that comes along with 21 days? Studies have shown that it takes a mere 21 days to build a fitness habit or to make a new hobby stick. In addition, 21 days provide ample time for a transformation cycle with regard to a detox program.

 

What will happen during a 21-day detox program? 

Even though you might be completely motivated to make a change, it can be quite difficult to do so if your every day environment remains the same. Outside forces can play an important part in your transformation, so choosing to take yourself out of your comfort zone can do wonders.

If it is possible, transport yourself to a healthy, nurturing environment such as the one at Santosa. A new, healthy environment full of people ready and willing to support you can make the experience of a detox that much easier.

A huge plus of coming to Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is that you will be participating in a detox program along with other guests. You will have an automatic support system of peers who understand what you are going through, making it easier to share the emotions, challenges and little gains and wins during the 21 days that you are here.

In addition to a detox program, you will be able to join a wide variety of on-site activities including fitness classes, Zumba, yoga classes, vegan cooking classes, nature walks and much more. Many of our guests find that they enjoy these classes so much that they turn into a hobby. For example, some guests upon their return home decide to continue going to yoga a few times a week.

During the 21 days you spend at Santosa, so many wonderful, positive changes are going to occur. Your perceptions of food and healthy eating, exercise and handling of your emotions will be transformed and viewed in a completely different way from when you first arrived.

Upon completion of a 21-day detox program, you will feel fresh and revitalized. Often times, guests mention that the feel lighter, both physically and emotionally, and that life in general seems a bit more clear.

Post-detox usually brings about a complete life transformation. Many guests continue on their health and wellness journey building upon the foundations learned during their detox program.

Experience 21 days at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

Located on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a luxurious detox retreat set amongst jungle clad hills above Kata Beach. Our comprehensive detox programs will kickstart your health, challenge your comfort zone and produce excellent results. If you are interested in learning more about spending 21 days detoxing with us, simply fill out the inquiry form below and a member of staff will contact you. See you soon at Santosa!