Break Food Addiction

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Break Food Addiction

 

break food addictionFood is the body’s primary source of nutrition and energy. Without it we would die off as a species. Food comes in a variety of different forms including: hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, french fries, pies, cakes, stews, soups, and so much more. Though foods are great for you, overconsumption of food can lead to serious problems in the body and make your life miserable. Food addictions are real and can be treated with the right amount of knowledge and a little bit of help. If food addictions are left unchecked, they can lead to a plethora of different diseases and ailments, some of which can never be reversed. Before delving into strategies to break food addiction, it is important to understand the effects food has on your body.

 

Proteins: The Builders of the Body

 

Proteins are one of the three macronutrients that your body needs to survive.  Alongside carbohydrates and fats, proteins provide your body with nutrition and energy to survive. Proteins are especially helpful for your muscular system. Proteins are made from amino acids that play a variety of different roles within your body. They replicate DNA, they respond to different stimuli both inside and outside of the body.

Proteins are best known as being the builders of enzymes found in the body. These enzymes play a number of different functions with your body. One of the major ones is acting as a catalyst or a stopping force in different chemical actions within your body.

Proteins are found in foods like poultry, beef, sea foods, cheese, milks and other dairy products. For bodybuilders, weight trainers and other types of athletes, protein plays a major role in rebuilding the body after a rigorous training session. After most bodybuilding workouts a bodybuilder will ingest some type of fast digesting carb with a protein. This combination helps with the rebuilding process within your body.

 

Carbohydrates: The Motivators of the Body

 

Have you ever wondered why kids who eat candy, will have so much energy and then suddenly crash?  Well it is all thanks to these chemical compounds known as carbohydrates. These compounds give the body tons of energy to perform daily tasks and functions.

Carbs are separated into two different groups: simple and complex. The difference between the two is based upon the glycemic index. Simple carbohydrates are fast digesting and are instantly placed into the bloodstream, while complex carbs take longer to digest. With the help of carbohydrates your body is energized for the day. Once your bloodstream has been oversaturated with sugar, your body will begin to produce insulin to stop it.   The purpose of insulin is to place the excess sugar in the fat and muscle cells of the body.

Carbohydrates are found in cereals, breads, vegetables, candy, chocolate, jams and other sweeteners. If consumed in excess it can lead to some serious health problems including obesity and heart disease. One way to combat this problem is to cut back on the amount of simple sugars that are introduced into your body.

 

 

Fats: The Black Sheep of your body

 

The average person assumes that fats are the main culprits in them gaining weight. The truth is nothing could be further from the truth. Though fat may contribute to weight gain, it does not bear the weight of blame on its own.

Fats come in two different variety either good or bad depending on their creation. Good fats are divided up into monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats sources can be found in foods such as peanuts, natural peanut butter, virgin olive oil, and in fish oils.

The function of fats is to help direct the hormones of your body and make sure they are performing well. Saturated and Trans fats are bad fats that contribute to heart disease and liver problems. Trans fats should be avoided altogether and saturated fats should be limited to 22 grams a day.

 

Break Food Addiction:  Why Foods are so Addicting

 

Throughout the years, there has been a large uprising of snack foods and fast food restaurants springing up all over the country. These food choices are not the most nutritious and make use of different poor food sources like saturated fats, simple carbohydrates and fatty meats. Though these food sources are tasty, cheap and fast they are not that healthy for your body and can lead to some problems for your health.

 

When your tongue becomes accustomed to these fats and simple sugars it maybe hard for your mouth to appreciate the flavors found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. This occurs because you have literally trained your tongue to enjoy bad foods. To undo this programming, it is important to refrain from fast foods and snacks. You want to fill your stomach with mostly healthy foods that will help your body recover, grow and heal.

Doriet von Fircks

About the author

Doriet von Fircks is a health practitioner and a nutrition expert.
She specializes in food related problems, such as food addiction.
After reading many articles about food addiction, especially lots of scientific journals, she realized that there was hardly any discussion about food addiction from a scientific perspective.
She updates the site frequently, ensuring that the latest scientific findings are always featured on FoodAddictionScience.com. If you have questions about this site or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact her.