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Drop the vice.

If everything I eat is relatively healthy. Do I have to worry about my one vice, ice cream? I keep wondering if I should just conquer my cravings once and for all or allow myself a little treat for being so good. Is my one vice really a problem?

A good rule of thumb is, "Everything in moderation." While your health is optimized by eating only the best foods, an occasional treat will not harm a person in good health.

If you have a chronic illness or tend to get sick easily, you may be more strongly affected by an occasional splurge. You would be wise to keep treats to a minimum, and also to use a therapeutic modality like homeopathy, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, or herbal healing to strengthen your constitution. Many practitioners treat multiple food sensitivities as a cause of disease, but I believe they are actually a symptom of an underlying imbalance that can be corrected.

Finally, a word of caution about sugar sensitivity: Sugar works in some people's bodies in a similar way to narcotic drugs. If you experience agitation or strong cravings that are temporarily relieved by eating sweets, it is advisable to avoid them completely.

Dr. Steven Coward, ND, practices classical homeopathy in Asheville, North Carolina. He can be reached at 828-254-3004 or ashevillenaturalhealth.com
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Title Annotation:Your nutrition questions: answered
Author:Coward, Steven
Publication:New Life Journal
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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