All humans, as well as animals, have an inborn program called the “Motivational Triad”. We are motivated 3 ways: 1) We seek pleasure in the form of food, sex, or drugs. 2) We attempt to avoid all types of pain. 3) We attempt to do all activities with the least amount of energy. This motivational triad is meant to preserve our life or sustain us to live a long, long life.
Since we are pleasure seeking organism by nature, food or desiring food is a challenge. Many of us eat foods because they taste good. We eat foods because they pleasure us emotionally. We eat foods because it is a part of how we develop/sustain relationships. ( Tailgating, social functions for church, school, business, etc. Weddings, birthdays, vacations, and many more lead all of us to succumb to food.)
Is it possible for us to enjoy food and not go overboard? Can we enjoy events and not gain weight, not develop food related sicknesses (Type ll diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol to name a few.)?
If we understand food and stay discipline we can stay healthy, not deprive ourselves during food events, and not develop sicknesses.
First, let us understand the satiation mechanism. The satiation mechanism in most adults is being trick every day. When a human eats he/she has a mechanism in the stomach that tells his brain he/she is full and this is called the satiation mechanism. Processed foods, man- made foods, sugars, breads, etc are calorie dense and nutritionally poor. If you eat 500 calories of good, healthy, nutrient dense foods your stomach tells your brain you are full; however, when you eat 500 calories that are nutrient poor and calorie dense your stomach is searching for more nutrients and tells your brain to eat more, more, and more. This forces you to continue to eat the calorie rich foods in order to satisfy what the body needs. You end up over eating, getting fat, and not being healthy.
Second, concentrate on eating good nutritional foods at least 5 days a week. To make this simple in your food choices if it is from nature eat it, if it is man-made don’t eat it! Treat yourself 1-2 days of eating food you desire, but don’t eat like this every day.
Third, fill yourself up with drinking lots of water, eating high nutritional foods, and minimize man-made food.
Finally, when you succumb to the pleasure seeking mechanism of eating food do the following. Eat slower, your body will tell you your full before you really go overboard. Take a 10-15 minute break from eating cookie after cookie, wing after wing, or between each spoonful of pleasure. This break will also help your body realize it does not desire anymore!!!
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