The next several entries will fall under everyone's ongoing challenge, eating to feel good.
We've all been there; pulling into a certain fast food restaurant, buying that candy, or that fashionable coffee, with the little voice of shame going through our mind. "I know I shouldn't eat this but it tastes so good."
I am here today to give you a break. You've been feeling bad about your cravings for too long. It's not that you don't have self control. It's not that you are made differently. Its what has happenned over the past 35 years in our North American diet.
Since colesteral problems began to surface back in the seventies, people have been recommended to eat less fat. We have been programed to believe that fat free is healthier. Attempting to remove this entire food group from our diet has caused many of us to replace it with high glycemic carbohydrates (white flour, potatoes, rice). This general replacement has caused us to spike (rapidly raise) our blood sugar several times a day, leading to often uncontrolable cravings that can make you feel very bad about yourself.
There is a way out! You don't have to keep repeating the same pattern and try to block out the shame.
During the next several weeks we will be addressing something called "anti-inflamitory lifestyle". This is part of the new science of eating and is taught by my favorite health writers along with many others. I am not a doctor but have learned basic practical ways to quiet the cravings and live in the real world. And yes, move toward your perfect weight in a steady way and keep it off.
So lets upgrade our diet imperfectly day by day and feel good about it.