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Why We Can’t Trust Ourselves with Food

Ever find yourself in front of an empty extra large bag of chips and think to yourself “I only meant to have a few”? That’s what happens when we allow ourselves to eat food without any restrictions. We can’t trust ourselves with food. Mostly because we were never taught to manage our food intake.

You see, when we are hungry, we seek carbohydrate heavy foods. This is simply because carby foods taste better. Now carby fatty foods taste the best. But we have been taught that fat is bad and should be avoided lest we

gain enough weight to be considered two people.

Well what about those potato chips? We know there are fats in them. When we eat foods that contain both fats and carbs, our brain has a very high pleasure response. That response is often enough to allow most people to eat mindlessly (and of course be disappointed with themselves afterwards).

There are some steps you can take to ensure that you have a better relationship with food and make better meal choices. You will need to be willing to think about food differently and to challenge yourself to do what is best for you rather than do what is easier.

Hmm, seems like a lot to ask. Versus the standard American/Canadian Diet that is so simple. Feel hungry, eat food, be mad at yourself for a poor choice, eat more food, be mad, etc. Simple but really bad for our health.

What made sense to me, was that by understanding the reason that I was overeating and taking real steps to eat better, weight loss became much easier. And you can experience the same results, if you are willing to do the work. Ooo, I know, I said the “w” word. But let’s face it, there will be some effort required.

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An interesting book that I read about how food affects our health by Mark Hyman, MD:

Canadian Link: https://amzn.to/2Plel7K

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