Why You Can’t Stop Eating

True or False?   You have an unhealthy relationship with food. FALSE. False on all accounts. You can’t have an unhealthy relationship with something that is a necessity to your body. Food is fuel. Food is required and needed to function. Food repairs and restores your vital organs and muscles.  Food feeds your mind body and spirit. Food is delicious. Food is medicine. Food is satisfying to your senses. Most importantly food… real food that is… is healthy. Therefore, you cannot have an unhealthy relationship with it.

To be clear it is not food that you have an unhealthy relationship with it’s food additives. Its preservatives, artificial ingredients, simple sugars like high fructose corn syrups and MSG that you cannot establish a positive connection with. You have an unhealthy relationship with all of these ingredients because they are unhealthy. They are detrimental. They are addictive. They create weight gain and impulsive desires because you cannot reach a level of satisfaction. You overeat because that’s what these ingredients are chemically created to do! You will never be able to have a healthy relationship with real food if these ingredients are including in your nutritional intake.

gluttonousSo then you can’t stop eating…..

These ingredients are so addictive that you find yourself binge eating to achieve a level of satisfaction. Sadly that level is never reached because these foods create the “bottomless pit” feeling within us. This leads to self sabotage, guilt, disgust and regret with yourself. You feel embarrassed so you don’t talk to anyone about it. Then you try to desperately alleviate those feelings on your own by eating more. This is a vicious cycle and this is why you can’t stop eating.

Binge eating is becoming an epidemic and has recently been identified as a disease. It was once considered a side effect of other eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia but has slowly made it’s way into it’s own diagnosis. And it is for a reason. This is where you feel less shame and embarrassment: you are one of billions of people that face this struggle.

This vicious cycle can be broken

Detrimental thoughts, addictions and behaviors are the source of binge-eating and recovery is possible. Identifying that you are a victim of this disease is where it starts. You can be diagnosed by a health professional. Assessing your emotional well-being can help significantly. Working closely with a Coach can assist you in changing your eating habits, in fostering positive feelings about food, enhancing your emotional well-being and eliminating body image conflicts.

Keep in mind that you are not ill because of your relationship with food. The crappy ingredients in the food you eat can make you ill. This makes you a victim to addiction versus someone who is gluttonous.

Stay Well,

Coach Nadia K

If you are struggling with any of the harmful side effects of Binge Eating do not hesitate nor feel shame in reaching out or seeking help!

Top 5 Ingredients to Stay Away From

I don’t believe that ignorance is bliss. I believe ignorance is death. That’s why my post today covers 5 ingredients to stay away from that can reek havoc on your body both internally and externally. I want you to be in the know. Steering clear of these ingredients will help get you one step closer to a Clean Eating lifestyle. You can find them on most food labels (sadly).

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1. High Fructose Corn Syrup

Table sugar became too expensive for many food companies to include in their products. High fructose corn syrup on the other hand helped cut costs significantly despite how incredibly bad it is for you. Princeton University conducted a study on rats. Group A was given High Fructose Corn Syrup and Group B was given regular sugar. Group A gained weight 300% more quickly than Group B. Isn’t that lovely? Studies have also shown a very evident connection between the consumption of HFCS and the increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Consuming this ingredient can increase both your cholesterol and hypertension. This may be because it is genetically modified and found to contain mercury. It can be found in many breakfast cereals, soda and candy bars.

2. Bleached Flour

For starters, I don’t think anything bleached should be consumed. Bleached flour contains a sleuth of harmful chemicals such as: Benzoyl Peroxide, Azodicarbonamide, Calcium Peroxide, Potassium Bromate & Chlorine Dioxide. Combined these ingredients are harmful to internal organs, destroy levels of Vitamin E, hurt cell re-generation and processes, contain carcinogens (linked to tumors) and increase levels of asthma and allergies. Some of these chemicals such as Potassium Bromate and Calcium Peroxide are actually banned in Europe and other countries. These substances are toxic and can be found in pasta and bread.

3. Artificial Sweeteners/Flavors

Anything that is not real food goes unrecognized by your body. Therefore, something artificial can be taxing for your body to digest. Artificial sweeteners can enhance aging, cause health problems, dehydration and are damaging to your internal organs. Artificial additives encourage free radical growth and free radical growth causes cancer.  Be on the lookout for: Aspartame, Sucralose, Sorbitol. They can be found in diet sugars, fat free foods, sugar free foods and gum.

4. Food Dye/Coloring

This ingredient usually is labeled: “RED 40, YELLOW 5”. These food dyes contain carcinogens. Carcinogens can also be found in cigarettes. Carcinogens have been found to cause brain tumors. Studies have found a correlation amongst artificial dyes causing attention deficiency and hyperactivity (common in many children). You can find this in many icings, colored pastries, cereals, kids snacks etc.

5. Monosodium Glutamate

Better known as MSG , this overly toxic substance is linked to: fatigue, weight gain, depression, heart conditions, seizures and dehydration. High levels of this substance can lead to heart failure and strokes. It is one of the main culprits causing obesity and can create food addiction within the body when consumed in large amounts . It hides itself in a salty flavor making food taste better for desirable consumption. You can find this in most Chinese food, processed breakfast sandwiches, frozen foods and salty snacks.

Save this list and start looking at your food labels. It’s important for your well-being and health that you eat REAL FOOD. Your body is naturally built to consume and digest real toxic free food.

Stay Well,

Coach Nadia K