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Why you eat like s#!t… and how to fix it in five minutes or less. #eatgoodfeelgood

As a personal trainer, it’s one of my duties to show my clients how to choose healthy foods and eat those foods for optimal energy levels and maintaining their desired body composition. Don’t get me wrong: I love my junk food. French toast sticks, burgers, french fries, chicken wings, mountains of cheese. I  could go on, but I would drown in my own drool.

I was sitting down wondering to myself why it is that when I make a recommendation to eat foods that will improve a person’s energy levels, a person will ignore that recommendation or “forget” to eat like I recommended.

It was one of those things where I already “knew” the answer, but I couldn’t yet put it into words. I’ve been trying to put it into words for years now, but I finally broke through the mental roadblock that prevented from doing so and the answer both shocked me and made perfect sense, as it may when you keep reading on to discover it:

One of the reasons why people tend to eat lots of junk food – re-frame that to “vitality draining foods” – is because their body wants to defend itself. Now you’re probably wondering what EXACTLY their body is trying to protect themselves from. Terrorists? Old ladies driving extremely fast? No. Here it goes. You ready to hear this? Ok:

 

Their Bodies Are Trying To Protect Them From Their Own Lives.

 

More specifically, their bodies are trying to protect them from performing activities that are a waste of the precious life-force with which God has imbued us all. The body “figures” that if it is slow and sluggish, then your conscious mind will want to forget the notion of performing the undesirable activity. It’s called a Secondary Gain. A secondary gain refers to a perceived benefit received from a certain action/inaction.

Here’s my reasoning for this postulate:

  1. Why would we deliberately do something that would take our energy levels from 100 to 50?
  2. Notice the times and contexts in which you indulge in junk food.

 

Now, I realize that we eat junk food because it tastes really good, at least that’s why I eat it. But why do we indulge to the point of gluttony and feeling sick afterwards?

Another reason why we tend to over-indulge is because eating junk foods makes us feel good, lending credence to the idea that food can have the same affects on our brains as would a drug or mind- altering substance, like caffeine. It’s perfectly logical: If xx feels good, then more of xx will feel even better.

Obviously, this doesn’t apply to junk foods (which are usually high in saturated fats and refined carbohydrates).

So now that we are aware of the reasons for why we eat the way we eat, how can we fix it?

Here are two ways that will help:

  1. Affirm to yourself: ” I stop eating when I feel full. I allow myself to enjoy my favorite treats”. This affirmation is awesome because it removes the feeling of guilt that sometimes accompanies the eating of junk food.

2. Before you take a bite that favorite treat of yours, ask yourself: ” What am I lacking in my daily life that this treat will allow me to feel? What activity could I add to my daily actions that would cause me to feel as good as this food tastes?” It may seem silly, but just say it to yourself a few times and notice what your subconscious mind gives you to chew on ( pun intended).

Use these simple tips to take control of those junk food cravings and put your vitality and health over the top.

Peace and Love,

Amir Campbell

 

Алексей Маркович

Алексей Маркович, 39 лет. Писатель, сценарист, переводчик, режиссёр театра “Sci-Fi Theater” (город Портленд, штат Орегон, США).

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