In the previous issue, we looked at how innate human survival behavior of eating calorie-dense foods, for their own profit. Through repeated exposure to cues and the formulation of processed foods mixed with addictive ingredients, the food industry has made some brains hyper-reactive to calorie-dense foods.
Increased availability of these foods cues eating, making abstinence from them, extremely challenging.
Here are some of the Do’s and Don’ts that can help households to reduce the availability of processed foods and protect families from a long list of diet-related diseases.
Do learn about the difference between helpful unprocessed foods and toxic processed foods:
By following these suggestions, you may get to watch your household emerge from a surprising range of health problems. You will be pleased that you got this information and acted upon it.
“I’ve not long joined the ARC and have had such a powerful few weeks already! I joined my 2nd check-in and study group today and had an incredible moment during it while reading through Chapter 18 of the textbook. I’d never seen the link with something I’d regularly experienced as a child by how a loved one’s own addictions were impacting me and my siblings so negatively. Suddenly dots were connecting all over. Did I cry while sharing? Yes! Did I feel safe to do so? Absolutely! It was so incredible to be able to share so openly and have the group hold space for me. I came away feeling like something inside shifted and I’m so grateful! These sessions together are so, so important and I cannot wait till the next one! Thank you dear friends, especially those who were there today.”
I've been eating a lot of fast food and it's really hard for me to stop. When I stop I suffer desperate mood swings and crave. I've tried to give it up but my friends, who are thin, always want to eat fast food and when we hang out, I overeat, because I crave everything on the menu, eat it and regret it afterwards. I get irritable and crave it again tomorrow and start the cycle all over again.
Research shows that processed foods are associated with mood swings. Processed foods are absorbed very quickly into the bloodstream causing glucose levels to rise quickly. This can make the addicted person feel high and even euphoric. However, the pancreas responds to bring down glucose levels by releasing insulin. Insulin can bring down sugar levels very quickly which feels like a crash. People can become very depressed and angry in the sudden drop. With the right support based on the new science of food addiction management, you can regain control of your food and eliminate the mood swings.
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