Food Shops Boise ID
Garden City, ID
By Bruce Goldberg
You try so hard to be good: You go to the gym, eat smaller portions, and walk straight past the Ben & Jerry‘‘s aisle at the grocery store. But still your hand strays to the Cheetos bag, your mouth waters for cheesecake, and your mind fixates on one thought: chocolate. Got cravings?
Whether you're dieting or simply trying to eat more healthfully, certain foods seem impossible to pass up. But by tweaking your food choices—and your mindset—you can vanquish both the biological and psychological causes of cravings.
The sugar cycle
"Most people with cravings crave sweets and carbohydrates," says Dr. Leo Galland, author of The Fat Resistance Diet (Broadway, 2005). When you eat sweets or refined carbs (like white bread or white rice), your blood-sugar levels spike rapidly. In response, the pancreas floods the blood with insulin, triggering cells to quickly take up large amounts of glucose—so much in fact that blood-sugar levels plummet and, in a rebound effect, you crave more sugar. To break this cycle, choose unrefined carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to elicit a more sustained insulin response, and don‘‘t skip meals, which lowers blood-sugar levels too much.
People also crave sweets because sugary treats boost levels of serotonin and beta-endorphin, the feel-good chemicals of the brain. "There are people who will have cravings because they become habituated to the endorphin-raising effect of sweets, and they actually experience a kind of withdrawal," Galland says, when they cut out candy.
Fortunately, you can amp up endorphin levels without resorting to a box of Krispy Kremes. Working out regularly releases beta-endorphins and gives you an "exercise high." It also improves the body‘‘s ability to regulate blood-sugar levels. Additionally, eating at least 20 grams of protein at every meal provides the amino acids essential for synthesizing serotonin and beta-endorphins.
Along with balancing blood sugar and endorphin levels, Galland suggests reducing inflammation, which inhibits the hormone leptin. "Leptin is produced in fat cells, and when it works properly, it goes to your brain and shuts off cravings," Galland says. He recommends an anti-inflammatory diet high in fruits, vegetables, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and spices like turmeric.
The mind game
Cravings spring just as much from your moods as from insulin spikes and leptin levels. According to Linda Spangle, RN, a weight-loss coach in Colorado, boredom, loneliness, depression, unresolved grief, and stress all can trigger cravings. We reach for the cookie jar to silence an emotion, rather than addressing the underlying distress. "We don‘‘t want to face our emotional needs and would rather say, ‘I just have a chemical imbalance,‘‘" says Spangle.
When she probes deeper with her clients, she usually finds a psychological culprit behind the craving; for example, "They were really angry with somebody or really stressed and just wanted to chew...
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Straight Talk About Telemarketing
It's like clockwork. You sit down to dinner and the phone rings. You answer it. The caller is trying to sell you something or tell you that you've won a fabulous prize. If you're tempted by the offer, get the facts. If you don't, you may be in for a fraud.
Although most phone sales pitches are made on behalf of legitimate organizations offering genuine products and services, many sales calls are frauds. Consumers lose billions of dollars a year to telemarketing fraud. That's why the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) encourages you to be skeptical when you hear a phone solicitation and to be aware of a law — the Telemarketing Sales Rule — that can help you protect yourself from abusive or deceptive telemarketers.
How Telemarketing Scams Work
The heart of a fraudulent telemarketing operation is usually a "boiler room," where seasoned operators try to scam hundreds of thousands of people across the country every day. Telephone fraud knows no race, ethnic, gender, age, education or income barriers. Anyone with a phone can be victimized by telemarketing scam artists.
Cold Calls. Scammers may get your number from a telephone directory, a mailing list or what fraudsters call a "sucker list." Sucker lists contain information about people who have responded to previous telemarketing solicitations, like their name, phone number, and how much money they spent. The lists are bought and sold by promoters. They are invaluable to scam artists, who believe that consumers who have been deceived once are vulnerable to additional scams.
Direct Mail. You may get a letter or postcard saying you've won a prize or a contest. This often is a front for a scam. The instructions tell you to respond to the promoter with certain information. If you do, you'll be called by a fraudster who may use persuasive sales pitches, scare tactics, and false claims to deceive you and take your money.
Broadcast and Print Advertisements. You may place a call in response to a television, newspaper, or magazine advertisement. The fact that you initiate the call doesn't mean the business is legitimate or that you should be less cautious about buying or investing on the phone.
Prize offers. You usually have to do something to get your "free" prize, like attend a sales presentation, buy something, pay a fee, or give out a credit card number. But the prizes are worthless or overpriced.
Travel packages. "Free" or "low cost" vacations can end up costing a bundle in hidden costs. You may pay a high price for some part of the package — like hotel or airfare. The total cost may run two to three times more than what you'd expect to pay, or what you were led to believe. Some "bargain" vacations never happen at all.
Investments. People lose millions of dollars each year to "get rich quick" schemes that promise high returns with little or no risk. These can include movie or cable television production deals, Internet gambling, rare coins, art, or other "investment opportunities." The schemes vary, but one thing is consistent: Unscrupulous promoters of investment fraud rely on the fact that investing can be complicated, and many people don't research the
Charities. Con artists often push you for an immediate gift, but won't send written information so you can check them out. They also may try to confuse you by using names that sound like well-known charitable organizations or even law enforcement agencies.
Recovery scams. If you buy into any of the above scams, you're likely to be placed in a sucker list and be called again by someone promising to get your money back. Be careful not to lose more money to this common practice. Even law enforcement officials can't guarantee they'll recover your money.
The Telemarketing Sales Rule
The FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule requires certain disclosures and prohibits misrepresentations. It gives you the power to stop unwanted telemarketing calls and gives state law enforcement officers the authority to prosecute fraudulent telemarketers who operate across state lines.
The Rule covers most types of telemarketing calls to consumers, including calls to pitch goods, services, "sweepstakes," and prize promotion or investment opportunities. It also applies to calls consumers make in response to materials received in the mail, or offers received through the Internet.
Keep this information near your telephone. It can help you determine if you're talking with a legitimate telemarketer or a scam artist.
Exceptions to the Rule
Although most types of telemarketing calls are covered by the Rule, there are several exceptions. The Rule does not cover the following situations:
To Report a Scam
Fight telephone fraud. Report telephone scam artists to the Federal Trade Commission and your state Attorney General. The Telemarketing Sales Rule gives these local law enforcement officers the power to prosecute fraudulent telemarketers who operate across state lines.
The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint or get free information on consumer issues , visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. Watch a new video, How to File a Complaint , at ftc.gov/video to learn more. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network , a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
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