My dieting days ended a while back and since then food has changed its meaning in my life. I used to think that there were two food groups: good foods and diet foods. Good foods were processed, fast foods, high in sugar, fat and salt. They always tasted SOOOOOOO good. Put out a bowl of fresh cut up cantaloupe and a bowl of Cheetos … and there was no contest. The Cheetos won every time.
I noticed that when my daughter had the melon out, her then 2-year-old was happy with the cantaloupe. Somehow some Cheetos appeared and after one bite, my 2-year-old grandson wouldn’t go near the melon again. Why? It’s what’s in it, that’s why.
Lots of studies are now out about food and what’s in food products. We now know a little more as to why we “can’t stop eating ‘em.” They have been lab designed to become what’s called hyperpalatable foods. These are salty, fatty, or sweet foods that can create similar brain response as seen in people addicted to drugs.
“It’s something that has been engineered so that it is fattier and saltier and more novel to the point where our body, brain, and pleasure centers react to it more strongly that if we were to eating, say, a handful of nuts,” Ashley Gearhardt, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Michigan told the Chicago Tribune of junk food. “Going along with that, we are seeing those classic signs of addiction, the cravings and loss of control and preoccupation with it.”
Maybe we know this information and maybe it’s the first time we have heard about this, but the question now is: How can I move away from eating these dead and addictive foods to foods that actually nourish my body, mind, and soul? Here it is: the challenge. This is it. This is where we usually get derailed, isn’t it.
What’s the Solution?
1. Stop eating lab-created foods high in fat, sugar, and salt for at least 21 days. You will detox your body and you will stop all craving for them in just a couple of days. Sounds radical? Not really.
2. Eat foods that have energy and prana (the life force) in them — Foods that are alive, nourished by the land, that have absorbed lots of sunshine. A good rule of thumb: Did it grow somewhere? This leaves us with a lot of choices to plan our menus around.
3. Begin working on your belief and perception as to what is a good food. You can get on the computer and put in any food, and it will tell you what good or what harm it can do to or for you. Or simply begin to realize that you are a living entity and, as such, you need alive foods if you are going to be your best.
4. Pounds will fall off. And just for a last note: eating live foods (with portion control) will actually cause the pounds to fall off. You will feel better with more energy. You will begin to feel good about yourself and your self-esteem will increase which will loop back to more success.