Complementary medicine nutritionist and Ayurveda instructor Jennifer Workman's new and sensible approach to dieting has helped countless people to understand and work with their natural cravings to achieve and maintain their ideal weight. As the first Western nutritionist to make the ancient Ayurvedic principles practical and applicable, Workman explains why certain foods, including simple spices and culinary herbs like cinnamon, cocoa, cardamom, turmeric, cumin, basil, ginger, and wasabi can have a beneficial effect on weight-loss efforts, digestion, and health. In "Stop Your Cravings" Workman shows how eating the right combination of foods and flavors for certain body types and lifestyles, along with yoga and exercise, can diminish cravings to the point that food is no longer an issue of stress and worry. Using a weight-loss and management program enlightened by the basic principles of Ayurveda, the five-thousand-year-old Eastern medical system, Workman guides readers in restoring the body's natural balance to improve overall health. By understanding the basic components of Ayurveda, which Workman introduces through simple examples, charts, and a self-test, readers will learn how their food choices (even the ones they thought were "healthy") can exacerbate health problems, including gastrointestinal disturbances, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, weight gain, arthritis, acne, headaches, menopausal symptoms, and PMS. Most experts now agree that not everyone should eat the same thing or do the same type of activity because each person's metabolism and genetic makeup are different. Using the "Stop Your Cravings" self-test, readers can identify their own body and personality typeand learn to understand what their body needs and how it responds to food, to the weather, and to everyday events in their lives. The Balanced Approach is a personalized nutrition/eating program of "clean" proteins, "good" fats, and non-gluten carbohydrates that emphasizes the sensuality of spices and flavors that add taste without adding calories. A wise and sustainable program that improves health and longevity, "Stop Your Cravings" is ahead of the curve as more and more of us turn to holistic approaches to living.