Last weekend, my hubby and I watched the new movie, Apollo 11. It is a documentary, using previously unseen footage from the amazing feat of the United States sending the first men to walk on the moon in 1969. GREAT movie! I highly recommend!
My hubby and I talked about it for days afterward. There was something about the actual footage from 1969 that touched my soul. Perhaps it’s because I’m a child of the 60’s, but it was so cool to see the clothing, cars, computers, all of it just took me right back to my early childhood.
One thing that we both noticed in the movie, is that everyone looked fit and lean. There were no morbidly obese people in any of the crowds camped out at the viewing party on the beach or in the control rooms. Why is that?
Today, in America, over 70% of adults and 33% of children are obese.
I did some research, and found that today in America, over 70% of adults and 33% of children are obese. That’s alarming! We are literally experiencing an obesity epidemic. Weight gain has become one of those things that we don’t really talk about around the dinner table. We are too busy just trying to keep up with the speed of life to even care.
The sad part is that excessive weight is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and more! And we have total control of it!
So what changed since the 60’s?
Well, we had the “advancement” of the TV dinner and fast food restaurants starting in the mid 1950’s. Families began to steer away from home-cooked meals and family dinners. Everyone got “busy” and television grew in popularity as well – causing us to become more sedentary in our free time.
In general, we consume tremendous amounts of processed foods, compared to the 1960’s. Nowadays, processed food is literally engineered to cause addiction. Yes. That’s right. It is DESIGNED to make you crave more and more of it.
Don’t believe me? Let me ask you this… Have you ever seen someone binge eat apples? No? How about a head of lettuce? But how many times have you opened up a sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies to have “just one” and the next thing you knew, the whole thing was gone? (not shaming at all! I speak from my own experience!)
Processed food is designed to be addictive.
Processed foods cause a dopamine response – the feel-good vibe in your brain. It can be as dramatic as someone addicted to cocaine. I am a recovering sugar addict and I can tell you with full certainty that I have felt like my addiction had total control over my body. It’s a very scary place to be!
The GOOD NEWS is that we all have equal power to change it… through eating a whole foods based diet. Fresh fruits, vegetables and unprocessed foods do not cause a dopamine reaction. They simply nourish and fuel your body as it was designed. Therefore, we can eat until we’re full and satisfied, without the cravings.
You must learn to read labels.
Sugar is the main culprit in this addiction. You can find it in the foods that you may think are healthy such as, pasta sauce, bran muffins, baked beans, salad dressings and even garlic salt.
And what’s worse – sugar is INFLAMMATORY. Meaning, it inflames your internal organs and causes pain and swelling in your joints. Inflammation is the root of most diseases. I can also attest to this as fact as well.
Did you know that the average American eats 152 pounds of processed sugar per year? That’s just the processed sugar, not the natural sugar from whole foods. Friend, that could fill up an entire trash can!! And children are eating an average of 34 teaspoons of sugar PER DAY! Would you ever intentionally give your child sugar like that? I would hope not!
Now that you know, you can make a better choice.
Learn to read labels. Understand the difference between a glass of orange juice with 34 grams of sugar vs a whole orange that is full of fiber and vitamins and only 12 grams of sugar. Know what you’re putting into your body.
Eat whole, unprocessed foods in proper portions so that your body can be full and satisfied, pushing those cravings out of your system. It won’t change over night. You might even get cranky for the first week. But if you set your mind to gradually replacing processed foods with whole foods, you will start to FEEL better, and the weight will begin to come off.
If you’d like more information about how to overcome sugar addiction without “dieting” or feeling deprived, please comment below or read more under my nutrition tab. I’m here to help!