Slave to Food?
Are you a slave to food? Does your food add to your energy and feed your muscle, or does it add to your body's fat storage units located in your stomach, hips, and thighs? Food can be a powerful servant that keeps us going, and even keeps us alive, but it can also be a cruel master that some would rather bow before at the expense of not only their outward appearance but their very health.
Take the recent case of the teenager who had to have the walls of her home cut out in order to get her to the hospital. It took a team of 40 people to get her out and on her way to the hospital. The girl was quoted as saying that food was an addiction to her like drugs or alcohol.
She had complaints of diabetes, kidney disease, spinal problems and respiratory failure all at the age of 19. Her choice of food included processed ready-meals, sandwiches, packs of peanuts, crisps, sausages, pasties, chips, chocolate and chunks of cheese with bottles of coke or pints of milk.
In 2008, the teen, Georgia, told reporters: ĎSome people choose heroin, but Iíve chosen food and itís killing me.í
Doctors are now convinced that sugary processed foods are addictive much like heroin. It's clearly evidenced in cases like that of Georgia, the 19 year old food addict, but she's not the only one. There are varying degrees of addiction across the world today. More and more people are accepting their bodies with too much fat as if it were normal. A lot of people may even think that they have a medical issue when, in fact, what they have is just an eating issue.
We live in a society today that seeks excuses. People claim they want to be accepted for who they are, or it's McDonald's fault, or maybe if the government would just step in.
Recently, the mayor of New York was seeking to outlaw large soft drinks from being sold in town. I'm not sure that really helps. I would rather see commercials explaining to people what sugary drinks do to the people verses some sort of big brother forcing people to drink less soda.
It has to be an individual's choice to live healthy. It can't be forced. A person has to realize they have a problem with food before they'll ever change. Society needs to be more upfront about the addictive nature of junk food and recognize it is a problem instead of letting people with eating disorders claim their overweight stature is part of who they are. Not that we can't be compassionate towards those that suffer from a food addiction, but we need to be honest about it. If we can't tell people the truth - that they have a real problem that needs to be addressed - then how can we expect them, the addict, to ever recover?
Choose to master food instead of being it's slave. Don't allow junk food into your home, and don't allow food to be taken into a child's room unless you want them to wind up stuck on the bed unable to get up the rest of their life. The nice thing about healthy food is that tastes good. It fulfills your nutrition needs, and it's not addictive.
When is the last time you heard that someone had become obese eating celery, spinach, broccoli, apples, lean meat and drinking tea? It doesn't happen and not just because those foods have fewer calories. It's because they are natural foods, and natural foods aren't addictive. Well I should say you don't hear any morbidly obese tales from people eating health food, but I have heard stories of people becoming overweight or hurting their liver from eating too many oranges. Fruits are obviously not addictive like junk food, but it is possible to eat too much fruit due to the fructose sugar in them. Still a much better choice to eat fruit than junk food. Just set a limit to one a day per type of fruit. Don't eat 40 oranges a day and not expect some kind of consequences.
Buy food that God made, and avoid foods that man has manipulated or added chemicals to. The more natural food is the better off you are.
Don't add sugar to food, and try to avoid foods in cans that have added chemicals and sugar. Take charge of your life and be free.
The best way to beat food addiction, by far, is to systematically replace each bad food choice with a healthy choice until all that's left is healthy food. Start with sodas. Replace them with water or tea, no fruit juices. Eventually processed sugary foods will be a thing of the past and the fat will come off naturally one day at a time.
Written by Tim the Hip2bfit Guy Frady
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