Fact: The quantity of food that qualifies as a meal these days is considerably larger than what it used to be even a mere 20 years ago. Food consumption is on the rise, and yet for all that, the population is starving itself, accounting for the tremendous rise in obesity. It all sounds self-contradictory, a circular logic that doesn’t stand up under scrutiny, but it isn’t because what Americans at large are consuming are calorie-rich, nutrient-poor foods, making the body ask for more substance as it seeks to satisfy its need for specific quantities of vitamins and minerals. So eating once more, they create a sense of gratification in the form of “fullness” because the foodstuffs being ingested hold the promise of providing the missing nutrients. When, after the metabolization of the material and the normalization of glucose levels in the bloodstream begins again, the body quickly signals the brain that even more material is needed because the vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E,& K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate, along with the essential minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, zinc, and copper, are still insufficient to maintain proper condition of the body’s functions. Organs secrete chemicals into the bloodstream that signal “hunger” to the brain, even though a large proportion of the most recent meal may still be in the process of being converted into and stored as body fat. This is a largely overlooked element of the obesity cycle, even though it plays a tremendously large part in its creation.
Healthy eating is not about sacrificing great tasting cuisine; it’s about making the right food choices to ensure a balanced diet that feeds the body what it actually needs! One element has nothing whatever to do with the other. Balanced meals diminish food cravings and the frequency of their consumption, as they allow the body to achieve satiety with the proper blend of nutrients provided. In time, this diminished appetite will result in weight loss, however slowly, and that is a critical factor in assuring good health It also doesn’t mean that every single meal has to provide just the right amount of nutrition; it only means that overall, the body is getting what it needs. Isn’t this, after all, the very purpose of eating? What’s the point of consuming flesh and grains and vegetables if not life-sustaining nutrition. Surely, as a specie, man does not eat in order to debilitate himself or to bring about illness in the future. Au contraire; it’s about maintaining a high quality of life. Yet this fundamental concept escapes so many otherwise intelligent people who offhandedly reject the notion of applying sensibility to their diet, preferring the high-sodium, high-sugar, chemically processed foods that serve only the food companies as people consume more and more, and the drug companies as a larger percentage of the population falls ill because of improper diet. We’re starving our bodies of what they need, even as we grow fatter and fatter. It’s shameful.