Do You Eat These Addictive Foods?

Michael Moss, author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us says, “Food technologists use $40,000 devices that simulate a chewing mouth to test and perfect chips.  For example, people like a chip that snaps with about four pounds of pressure per square inch. They seek the perfect ‘break point’. Fat is a big part of the food technology stagecraft, too because it promotes crunch, creaminess and contrast, blends flavors and even lubricates mouthfuls so that people eat faster.”

What’s more is that…

These food technologists, “fabricate complex formulas that pique the taste buds enough to be alluring but don’t have a distinct, overriding single flavor that tells the brain to stop eating.”

Can you believe that? Yikes! 

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I wonder if you are consuming any of these highly addictive foods.  (If so, now you understand how they are manufactured to keep you coming back for more.  Don’t let the big food giants win!)

1.  Soft drinks are often a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.  (I know from personal experience!) But, constant exposure to caffeine makes your brain compensate by decreasing the number of receptors for its own natural stimulant, norepinephrine, which makes you constantly seek the stimulation from an outside source.  It’s an endless cycle. Soft drinks are also loaded with sugar, which we all know is highly addictive. Just leave the soft drinks out of the house.  

2.  Cured meats (like ham, pastrami, salami, hot dogs, sausages) contain addictive sodium nitrite to lengthen the shelf life.  It also imparts a pleasing taste and color.  But, when cooked, the nitrites combine with other chemicals to form carcinogens.  Also, as you know, meat is highly acidifying to the body and difficult to digest. If you’re going to eat cured meats/deli meat, get nitrate/nitrite-free and organic. 

3.  Microwave popcorn is something we mindlessly consume while watching a favorite TV show or movie.  Have you ever opened a bag of unpopped microwave popcorn? Yuk!! (Do it and you’ll see what I mean.)  Though it smells good when popped, the irresistible aroma is from the butter flavoring chemicals like diacetyl and pentanedione which are dissipated into the air by the heating process. And, there are questions about the safety of those chemicals.  The fact is, it’s just not real food and has been manufactured with potentially health-harming chemicals. Instead of microwave popcorn, pop your own on the stove (in coconut oil) or in an air popper. 

4.  Fast food has a tight grip on lots of people.  The overriding features of fast food are fat, sugar, and salt.  Eek!! All of those are highly addictive. Eighty-three percent of people who eat outside of their home do so because of “cravings”.  And, 75 percent who visit restaurants more than once a week do so for a specific dish they crave. Fast food is full of everything EXCEPT nutrition.  Don’t let it be an everyday choice for you!

5.  Finally, potato chips don’t even hide the fact that you “can’t eat just one”.  That’s true because they’re manufactured to be highly addictive!!  The salt keeps you coming back again and again, and they’ve been factory-produced with just the right chemicals, and break point, to have you diving into the bag again and again.

You don’t have to be a slave to addictive foods!  You have the power to break the chains.

Focus on God-made food. 

When you ADD IN more highly nourishing God food, your taste buds will begin to normalize, and you will begin to LOVE those baby carrots and green smoothies!  (Trust me.)

 

NEXT STEP:

Be conscious of the addictive foods you’re consuming that keep you coming back for more.  Take inventory over the next week. I think this will be very eye-opening for you. And, join my September Eat Clean Challenge to start ADDING IN the good stuff!!  It’s fun, inspirational, and educational. And, so much GOOD can happen in 10 short days! Details and registration HERE.

THE SECRET THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU APPROACH WEIGHT LOSS

Tired of all the denial, restriction, frustration, and craziness surrounding weight loss?  So many different experts telling you so many different rules to follow. It’s downright complicated.

And annoying.

Counting points, counting calories, and obsessing with numbers does not have to be part of your weight loss story. 

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In fact, doing those things is unsustainable for the long term.

Would you like to know a secret that could change the way you look at weight loss forever?

ADD IN THE GOOD STUFF.

Yep.  ADD IN. 

When you add in the good stuff, it crowds out the not-so-good.  And, one powerful choice for your health leads to another, leads to another, leads to another…

You’re no longer focused on what you can’t have, but rather on what you CAN have.  While you’re adding in all that good stuff, there’s just no more room for the not-so-good.

And then a funny thing happens…

You begin to CRAVE the good stuff!

It’s true.  Your taste buds begin to change and you will actually WANT that green smoothie!

I realized this when I first began my health journey. 

Picture this.  I had been working all morning and my tummy begin to rumble.  I decided to treat myself to lunch out. I fired up the minivan and started to head down the road.  As I was driving, I was desperately trying to figure out where to go for lunch. Nothing sounded good!  Sandwich? No. Burger? Nope. Mexican? No. Italian? Again, no. 

NOTHING was appealing…except a green smoothie.  That was ALL I wanted. 

So, I whipped the minivan around and headed back to Casa de Casey and had a delicious green smoothie.  (With a cute straw, of course.)

It hit the spot.

This will happen for you, too, if you just give it time.  Just watch how you begin to CRAVE the good stuff!

At this point, you might be wondering what exactly IS the “good stuff”?

(Great question.  I’m glad you asked.)

The good stuff is the God stuff. 

It’s what He put on this planet in its most whole, natural form.  He knew what He was doing when He created this planet so long ago.  The closer we stick to the food He created, the healthier and happier we’ll be! 

Eat FOOD. Real, whole, simple food.

Let’s say this another way just to be sure you get it…

Leave the fake, processed, packaged “food” at the store.  The less you eat from a package, and the more you eat from the earth, the better you’ll feel and the more weight you’ll lose.

You CAN lose weight. 

It doesn’t have to be a frustrating, confusing journey filled with counting calories or counting points.  Shift your weight loss paradigm from one of denial and restriction to one of ADDING IN the good stuff! You’ll be happier and healthier by doing this.  Promise!

 

NEXT STEP:

Come learn how fun it is to focus on ADDING IN the good stuff during my September Eat Clean Challenge!  Registration is open. CLICK HERE for all the details.