I know this may sound a little too 'hokey' (I don't even know if that is a word) or 'out there' for some of you but eating healthy is really about self love. You have all heard me talk about this so many times if you are a regular reader of SW.
When you start loving yourself and your body (as we all should), you DESIRE to eat the best organic healthy foods to nourish yourself. You WANT to feel energetic and thrive. And food is fuel. You don't really hesitate anymore between food from the earth and boxed processed options.
I think we have all heard some variation of the quote "Every single time you are taking a bite of food or drink, you are either fueling disease or fighting it'. This is a 'FACT'. It's not just some catchy tagline.
Food controls people. Literally. People spend their entire lives trying to lose weight and cannot resist the temptation of pizza, donuts, processed junk, etc.. And they give in to this 'Nope, I just have NO control, I have to eat the greasy food, I love it'.
And looking back on my own wellness evolution, it's eerie to me what the food industry has done and continues to do to create the addictions. And let me be clear, many people think of food addiction as someone that is anorexic, bullemic, etc. No, no, I am talking about you - the one who wakes up today and has to have the two donuts instead of a healthy option. I am talking about the majority of society.
Once you get educated though (and you can do that for free by just using google) and you start really examining self love, light bulbs start flashing.
I know people who are spending their lives longing for - in a very emotionally deep way - to be a healthy weight yet they are making the choices to stay where they are. It's a shame but food being addictive is very real. Processed food was MADE to be addictive. It's a business.
I mean, don't you find it kind of fascinating that food is actually 'addictive'? Sugary processed food is AS ADDICTIVE as in crack cocaine, heroin.....actual sugar IS MORE addictive then both which is proven clinically. Wow! It's wild. Isn't that troublesome to you? Why wouldn't you be motivated to set yourself free from anything that was addicting?
I actually find the whole psychology of processed food being addictive.....just riveting..
This book - Breaking The Food Seduction by Dr. Neal Bernard - in my opinion, is a must read! It's astounding via the clinical backing of sugar addiction. He dives into the biochemistry of the body. And yes, I believe he is vegan but the reason I am recommending it is because of the clinical notes in the book. So, if you are not vegan, don't let that deter you.
And I feel that the most well versed article on this topic that I am going to ask all of you to please please read (yes, double please) is by Dr. Mark Hyman called 'Food Addiction: Could it Explain Why 70% of Americans are Fat'?
Love your body. Know you are worth loving.
“The brain chemistry that drives the addict to seek pleasure beyond the point of satiety is similar, whether the user favours Jack Daniels or Jack-in-the-Box.”
― Vera Tarman, Food Junkies: The Truth about Food Addiction
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