That’s a mouthful isn’t it? I was up the other night flipping through channels, and it is amazing how the number of food commercials increases as the evening progresses. Not only that, but also how they change from healthy to bingey foods. Which brings me to my topic du jour – Foods and Moods. Similar to ‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Seriously, think about it – do we eat according to our mood or does our mood change with what we eat?
One of my nutrition books, Putting it All Together: the New Orthomolecular Nutrition, by Abram Hoffer and Morton Walker, connects even psychological disorders with malnutrition. “In 1940 about 20% of the food consumed in this country was processed. Today (1996, so add another 17 years) it is close to 75%. we consume the elements of our own destruction, wit our excessive intake of sugar and unsaturated fts, loss of bulk or fiber, elimination of vitamins and minerals, and the pollution of food with chemicals never demonstrated to be safe.” Pretty heavy, yet all together true stuff. We have gone from eating living, fresh, nontoxic, naturally flavored foods to dead (irradiated to survive shipping), artificial (even our rums and vodkas have multiple flavors, not mention our water enhancers), monotonous, artifact (isolated components of foods i.e. sugars, fats, proteins) foods. And LIKE IT!!!
So if we are eating fake foods and drinking imaginary beverages because they taste good, does it make a person wonder why our bodies ad minds are in such bad shape? Our bodies are searching for nutritents to survive and our minds are lacking the nutritents to function – normally much less naturally. Let me put it this way – I am putting a Stress presentation together, and in a recent Harvard study, they were talking about the fact that the body needs seratonin to stop the stress response from continuing. Where do we get this from? Complex carbs and fats. What is the average American’s go to? Sugars and fats. And not the good fats, we go for the ice cream and the pizza and the bar and the chocolate. What happens next? The stress belly and insulin resistance due to excessive consumption.
What can I do about this vicious cycle, you may ask. A Cornell study came up with the fact that even medications cause the weight gain. You think? It’s kind of like putting a band aid on an insect bite. It covers it up so you don’t see it, but it still itches and it is still there. Now wait, I am all about treating the acute. That being said, you still need to treat the seed of the cause. Ironically enough, there is now a commercial with Sanjay Gupta talking about working through stress with exercise, breathing and proper eating (think).
My question to you is – do you eat to live or live to eat? Do you find ways to eat the foods oyu know are bad fr your health to justify eating them? They are only really bad band aid that doesn’t solve the real problem. Start with eliminating the bad stuff and replacing it with the foods that satisfy your body and your mind. Find a friend or a good shrink along with an exercise program you like. Then, as you notice that your health goes from -10 to +15, or your waist from a size 18 to a size 7, celebrate! And you’ll notice you are reaching for the stuff that got you there – whole foods, fresh foods, water, breathing, exercise and a new outlook on life.