Overfed and Under Nourished Pt II
“It’s not so much about what you are eating, it’s about what is eating you”.
Simply put, whats eating us could be the cause of our obesity epidemic that we are seeing on a global scale. Daily living requires us to deal with a multitude of issues of varying importance. From being over-stressed at work, to simply having too much time on our hands and feeling lonely. We look for things that give us instant pleasure, or comfort. One of the most common problems I see with my clients is that they will turn to food and drink for comfort when other areas of their lives are crumbling to pieces around them. Food is the one area we have 100% control of in our lives and we will do what is necessary to feel good about ourselves. Even if that means devouring a box of cookies, or an entire bottle of wine. The instant pleasure sets off a chain of bio chemicals that light up the brain and produce serotonin, the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter. We feel ecstatic in the short-term, but the long-term leaves us feeling overweight, tired and upset with ourselves while never truly satisfying our original craving we had in the first place.
Enter…the diet. Because most diets that we hear about are short-term solutions, they have failure built right into them. This isn’t news to the good people in the weight loss industry. They are banking on you buying their newest product that is based on the latest research, failing, only to sell you their next latest product in a few months from now. Talk about a vicious cycle. Did you know that most big box gyms sell memberships expecting their customers NOT to show up? That is how they sell because if everyone showed up to the gym, they would be too busy and would not be able to see any more memberships. We are living in a society where over 30% of people are currently on a diet and 68% of us are now either over weight or obese. We are ripe for the picking and they (advertisers) know it.
Is it our fault for buying into their sales pitch? Is it their fault for preying on our sincere desire to be fit and healthy? Perhaps a little of both. I mean, after all, we do live in a capitalistic society where entrepreneurs can thrive. It is that same society that sells “food” that is laden with sugar, additives, preservatives, flavour enhancers, pesticides, hormones, etc. The food producers are sales people who need repeat business and repeat customers. It is in their best financial interest to addict us to their products. Ingredients such as MSG (which can hide under 50 different names and causes obesity), high fructose corn syrup, sugar and sodium can illicit similar addictive chemical reactions in the brain as cocaine does. I feel that it is our responsibility, as consumers, to learn and know where our food comes from. It is also our responsibility to buy and eat the healthiest choices possible. Lest we forget that we are teaching an entire generation of children all of our habits, including our nutritional ones.
“Let thy food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
Hippocrates was the famous Greek philosopher. He believed that the human body had an innate ability to heal itself, if given the proper nourishment. Nowadays, we seem to have adopted, ‘ A pill for every ill’ viewpoint. Rather than eating nourishing food that could keep our health optimal, we rely heavily on the Pharma-businesses to develop the so called ‘cures’ for us. While these band-aid solutions my treat our symptoms, they will never cure the root cause of what is really ailing us.
Imagine for a moment, the vast majority of people nourishing themselves with high quality water, air, vitamins and minerals, which the cells of the body understand. Humans would be facing an epidemic of health, instead of the highest amount of disease our race has ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, I support medicine when it is actually needed. Surgery, ER Medical Staff, Technology, First Response Teams are among the essentials in medicine. I feel like we need a new paradigm for how we view ‘health’ and receive treatment from health care professionals. We could dramatically change the way Health Care costs affect our economy and vastly improve our every day lives if we would only take a step back and look at the big picture.
In summary, we have a massive amount to change about our current paradigm regarding our health and vitality, but all the information we need is at our fingertips. A good rule of thumb is that if something agrees with your personal intuition, then it is probably good information. Consequently, if we question something that doesn’t align with our common sense, then there is probably reason. So listen to your instincts and when something you hear sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
We are inherently intuitive by nature and deeply understand what we should and should not be doing to nourish our bodies. By using our cognition, we need only to look at how we were created and evolved in nature to discover how to thrive. We are simple, yet complicated carbon-based creatures built by Mother Nature herself. Life on earth has been molded from amino acids, vitamins, minerals, air, water and good old fashioned sunshine. So wouldn’t it make sense that we need more of the same elements to thrive?
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