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Let Spring Cleaning Help You to Put A Little Spring In Your Step

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Are you ready to shed the heavy, protective feeling of dampness and the darkness of winter?! Yes, it’s been a cold, dark, and long winter for most of us. Spring is here, and many of us are seeing the first small signs of spring. Have you done your spring cleaning of your house?



If you spring clean your house why not do the same for your body? We depend on our body to do so much for us, and after the long winter’s nap our body has taken, it could use a little charge to help get itself back on track. So if you have been feeling lethargic, heavier than usual, or seem to lack your usual luster, now is the time for a little spring clean-up that will give you a new spring glow, and put the spring back into your step!

Benefits of Spring Cleaning the Body:

• Renewed energy, concentration and immune functions

• Regenerate your cells,rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit

• Lose some extra weight and regenerate your skin

• Reset your appetite and your body’s internal clock

• Reduce puffiness, bloating, aches, and pains

• Revitalize your natural joy for life

• Rejuvenate, relax, and renew

Let’s begin with the food we put in our bodies. After my last two blogs about the engineering of foods formulated to entice us to eat more, let’s start limiting the intake of foods containing chemical preservatives, salt, sugar, and limit our fried foods. To help quell our natural feeling of deprivation, we’ll add in raw fruits and vegetables that are hydrating and nourishing and provide a soothing rest for your digestive system. As you make this switch you will begin feel a sense of rejuvenation.

Gorgeous Greens



Fresh fruits and veggies are key foods in our spring cleaning menu because they contain lots of water and that helps our body to flush out toxins, while adding valuable phyto-nutrients and detoxifying enzymes. The chlorophyll of the green leaves is the literal energy of the sun, in edible form. Greens represent a convenient, essentially non-caloric, nutrient-dense source of otherwise hard to obtain minerals, like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese. Green juices made with about 50 percent greens, fruits and veggies are easy to make, and will give you a much needed boost whatever the time of day by keeping your electrolytes balanced and your cells plumped up and hydrated.

Cheer Up with Some C:



Dig into some pineapples! With more than 130% percent RDV of vitamin C, they can help boost moods, especially during the winter when many people feel depressed or anxious due to less natural sunlight, and shorter days. Don’t like pineapple? Kiwi, mango, broccoli, and red and yellow peppers are all excellent food sources of vitamin C, too.

Keep Your Sunny Side Up:



Make sure you are getting your daily dose of Vitamin D. Not only is Vitamin D important for strong bones, but it plays a vital part in helping the body absorb calcium. Vitamin D has other roles in the body. It is used in the maintenance of several organ systems as well as the immune system. Because of its important functions, vitamin D deficiency can lead to many other health problems. Heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer have been associated with a lack of vitamin D. the recommended dosage to age 50 is about 200 IUs a day, and from 50 to 70 about 400 IUs a day. Additionally, new studies suggest that vitamin D may play a role in protecting against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. On average 15 minutes per day of full sunlight is thought to provide enough of this sunshine vitamin for the average adult.
Good food sources of Vitamin D include milk, and fish, especially ones with high fat content such as salmon, catfish, and tuna. Whole eggs and fortified cereals are also good sources of vitamin D.

Be Sure You Are Getting Enough B-vitamins:



The B vitamins are among the first vitamins depleted under stress when toxins are present. It's important to replenish the B-complex vitamins during your spring cleaning program.

Here are a couple of simple, delicious recipes to for you to enjoy during this time:

Pineapple Pasha

Pineapple contains proteolytic enzymes, which means it helps to break down stored proteins in the body and can reduce inflammation.

1/3 pineapple, skin removed and cored
1 cup of parsley or kale
A few leaves of fresh mint

Juice all the ingredients. Drink immediately and receive a transfusion of active, detoxifying enzymes. This is the kind of cocktail you can drink all day long and feel good about later!

Mango Tango

This is a simple, fast and delicious pudding that is sweet and tangy and contains no dairy, gluten or added sugar.

1 to 2 mangoes, peeled and pitted
1 ripe banana
1 lime, squeezed
˝ cup of spinach or parsley

Blend ingredients until smooth and creamy and savor with a spoon. This little treat will give you energy to dance all night long!




While allowing your body a little R&R by eating to cleanse and rejuvenate here are some ideas to enhance your experience:

• Clear your pantry and cupboards of temptation, and cut out clutter. Clutter is a drain on your energy so try to keep your space as uncluttered as possible. Now that you’ve done that realize how good you feel!

• Unplug from media and reconnect with nature. Go for walks in the fresh air and sunshine, or for a real “positive ionic” change, a walk in the rain. Enjoy the regenerative nourishment of silence, solitude, and rest.

• Add some lavender scented sea salts, clay, or Epsom salts to your bath. If you are one who takes a daily shower, opt for a relaxing evening bath a couple of times during the week. As an added bonus, you might be able to sneak in “an extra forty winks” the next morning in place of that shower! On the days that you continue your morning shower routine, you could enjoy a warm, scented foot bath in the evening while watching TV, reading a book, or just sitting and relaxing. You can also add other pure essential oils such as rosemary, sage, spruce or lemon, to your bathwater, or foot-bath. For an invigorating and energizing bath add some oil of peppermint, or eucalyptus. Light a candle and bathe in a glowing peace and warmth. Light some candles in your environment, and bask in their soft, relaxing glow.

• Be aware of your emotions, and let them materialize if they so desire. Emotions come to the surface in many forms, and one of the most common are our tears. Remember there are tears of joy as well as tears of sadness, so it may be in the form of a brief, sun shower, or a much needed torrential downpour. Tears are a very healing medicine, and you may feel a little drained and dehydrated afterward. Treat yourself to one of the recipes above, or a nice soothing cup of green, ginger, or your favorite tea. Be tender with yourself and your heart.

• Write down your thoughts, feelings, and notes of gratitude in a journal - a real one, not on the computer or your tablet, because you are supposed to be unplugged – remember? Write down any vivid dreams you might have while sleeping, or your daydreams, too.

You may have lost touch with your inner self during the winter, but a simple Spring cleaning of the body can wake up your vitality and radiance and let them shine for all to see.

Thanks for stopping by!
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ALOHAEV1 4/17/2014 9:21AM

    And to think I nearly missed this little ditty of information and the reminders about our friends vitamins B and D. I'll be doing the mango tango this afternoon after I pick up some spinach.

On to finish decrappifying me and the house! Hugs!!!

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SAMI199 4/17/2014 8:23AM

    emoticon I love Maxine-lol. Great blog....now if only Spring would get here-lol.

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CELIAMINER 4/15/2014 11:17AM

    Colorful and humorous! Definitely need the spring cleaning...all of it.

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MICKEYH 4/14/2014 11:07PM

    This is so true. We do need Spring cleaning for our body. emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 4/13/2014 8:04AM

    Sharon, you write a great blog. thank you for
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PINKNFITCARLA 4/11/2014 7:29PM

  Awesome blog full of great info Sharon!

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KATHYJO56 4/10/2014 11:42PM

    Sharon, What a marvelous blog! It is amazing the damage that processed foods does to our bodies without us realizing it until it is too late. However, for most of us, it is not too late. We can all start right this minute and give ourselves the total makeover that we need. emoticon emoticon

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QTEALADY20031 4/10/2014 3:25PM

    Sharon, this is exactly what I have started working on.....my own spring Cleaning! Thank you for all the suggestions you have .......I have already taken advantage of a few and working on the others. Enjoy your day and thank you.....this is a GREAT blog! emoticon emoticon June

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RITZIBROWN 4/10/2014 2:21PM

    I feel radiant after reading today's blog emoticon My body's taking longer to catch up but it's doing the best it can and for that I am grateful.

Would it be OK to use "Unplug from media and reconnect with nature. Go for walks in the fresh air and sunshine, or for a real “positive ionic” change, a walk in the rain. Enjoy the regenerative nourishment of silence, solitude, and rest." on my Spark Page? I'll acknowledge you, of course. Walking is the one thing my body can do that helps me feel better. As for unplugging from the media, not difficult at all.

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Carol

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KITT52 4/10/2014 9:52AM

    I'm right with you....I did the house and now I'm working on me...

have a healthy day.....

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SHERYLP461 4/10/2014 8:08AM

    Thanks for the reminders Sharon!

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KATHYJO56 4/10/2014 12:37AM

    Sharon, it is odd that you wrote this right now. I have been doing most of the things that you listed here and that is exactly what I was doing, turning my body over from winter mode to spring mode. The only difference is that you worded it a little differently, but Spring cleaning is exactly what it is. emoticon emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 4/9/2014 11:00PM

    emoticon Thank you for the recipes.

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TENNESSEEWALKER 4/9/2014 10:42PM

    I like all of the ideas, especially the one about taking an evening bath so you can sleep in the next morning! I've been watching sping unfold outside, so now spring cleaning inside makes sense.

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LIVINGFREE19 4/9/2014 10:37PM

    Great information, and thank you so much for sharing!

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123ELAINE456 4/9/2014 10:35PM

  Awesome Blog. Well. Said. Love the Cartoons and Photos. WTG!!! God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Thank You.

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TERMITEMOM 4/9/2014 9:40PM

    Your blogs are terrific! And the cartoons are an added bonus! emoticon
Thank you!

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DUXGRL1 4/9/2014 9:37PM

    Great suggestions! I know that I am in the mood for more salads now, also, love essential oils. I put on some lavender before going to sleep, I like lemon and peppermint to wake me up. Also, doing a lot of journaling (in a notebook!) these days.

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/9/2014 5:58PM

    emoticon You should have mentioned the dandelion tonics..Native Americans used them for centuries to clean the liver of toxins in the spring! Loved this blog. I agree with every thing you said, and of course, loved the Maxines.! I've been doing what you've suggested and today-read my "Shout it from the Rooftop" blog...am down 33 pounds since the first of January!

Clearing clutter from my house, my body and my life! Making progress in all areas!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/9/2014 5:39PM

  Vit. D is indeed very important. It is now more than just a vitamin, it is considered a pre-hormone, since it is used in the synthesis of many hormones. Insufficiency of Vit. D leads to all kinds of autoimmune diseases.

Thanks for this wonderful information!



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SHAMROCKY2K 4/9/2014 5:12PM

    Excellent information. Love the analogy of spring cleaning US. emoticon

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ONECALMMOM 4/9/2014 5:12PM

  Spring cleaning in all areas improves our lives.

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It's Not About Your Lack of Willpower: The Science of Cravings

Friday, April 04, 2014


Did you realize that taste receptors are not just limited to your mouth? Scientists have discovered that they are located all over the body. We also have, as you are probably aware, taste sensors in our nose. Smell is a huge factor in our response to food. That’s why when you have a cold, and your nose is stuffed up, your taste for food is greatly diminished. We also have these sensors in our stomachs, our small intestine, and throughout our gut. But taste is innate, and passed on from our mothers through breast milk. The flavors of childhood foods seem to leave an indelible mark, and adults often return to them, without always knowing why. These "comfort foods" become a source of pleasure and reassurance - a fact that fast-food chains use to their advantage. Deliciousness of food is also as much mental as it is chemical.

Hyper-palatable food products fall into this category and fit the bill, and they act as rewards in and of themselves. A majority of our foods are scientifically engineered to make us feel hungrier than we really are. Even if you're not hungry, you'll still keep on eating after you're full. They are almost as "rewarding" as the drug cocaine. Now if you are dealing with stuff almost as "rewarding" as cocaine, you are dealing with an addictive substance. That particular food gets your attention, it stays in your memory, it changes your mood and it becomes your focus. This is why if potato chips are a trigger food for you it is nearly impossible to not put one in your mouth. This is why the food industry advertising uses emotional, rather than nutritional, appeals to promote their products.

“Consumers prefer to see natural flavors on a label, out of a belief that they are more healthful. Distinctions between artificial and natural flavors can be arbitrary and somewhat absurd, based more on how the flavor has been made than on what it actually contains. "A natural flavor," says Terry Acree, a professor of food science at Cornell University, "is a flavor that's been derived with an out-of-date technology." Natural flavors and artificial flavors sometimes contain exactly the same chemicals, produced through different methods. Either way it smells and tastes the same. A natural flavor is not necessarily more healthful or purer than an artificial one.
www.rense.com/general7/whyy.htm

This is why it is not about willpower. The deck is automatically stacked against you because your brain and stomach’s sensors are unconsciously triggered. If you try not to eat a particular food, your brain signals deprivation, and so the reward value of that food increases dramatically. Eventually, you see that food again, and so you decide to eat “just one”. Immediately you feel that omnipotent momentary pleasure of all of the above, and so you eat another, and the cycle replicates itself. So the best defense is not to try to limit yourself to just one or two of your “trigger foods” because if the reward is very potent - as we now know that it is - and no matter how good your intentions are, you are not going to be able to control it. For an in-depth study, and a link to the most popular trigger foods, check out Steven Witherly’s report, “Why Humans Like Junk Food”:
media.jamesclear.com/wp-conte
nt/uploads/2013/11/why-humans-like-jun
k-food-steven-witherly.pdf


It’s not that you need more willpower. When you get stressed, your brain releases specific chemicals, specifically, opiates and neuropeptide Y. These chemicals then trigger further mechanisms that are similar to the cravings you get from fat and sugar, and you are naturally drawn to foods that contain these things, and the associated junk food.

But guess what?! Once the food industry started to be criticized for the creation of the obesity epidemic, it had to polish off its tarnished image. So it “came to our rescue” on that front too. Don’t believe for a second that they are doing it in the best interest of you and I becoming healthier. No, it was nothing personal – it was once again just business, and the bottom line. They began to begin the low-fat, fat-free, healthier, natural food marketing scheme we’re seeing today. And the real eye opener is that they co-exist silently side-by-side in your local supermarket.

In a nutshell, what you see when you walk into a supermarket today is the sphere and picture of obesity in a single glance. “The whole panorama of fattening you up, and slimming you down, owned by food conglomerates which have analyzed every angle and money-making opportunity. The very food companies charged with making us fat in the first place are now also making money from the obesity epidemic.”
www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/201
3/aug/07/fat-profits-food-industry-obe
sity


Now that you know just how innate, complex, and contrived our eating habits can be, and that you’re every move has been analyzed before you even think about it, you can begin to take the steps necessary to reprogram them. But you must realize that it’s not just habits we’re trying to reprogram, we also have to reprogram our genetic make-up. That is why we can not help ourselves sometimes, and why this whole process is so painstakingly difficult. So don’t be so hard on yourself and beat yourself up the next time you “fall off the wagon”.

Thanks for stopping by!
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www.caltonnutrition.com/ from-the-bliss-point-to-th e-breaking-point-americas- war-on-the-extraordinary-science-of-addict
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www.webmd.com/food-recip es/features/fast-food-kill ing-sense-taste?page=2
jamesclear.com/junk-food -science

  
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    Thank you for sharing this wonderful blog. Thanks for the research too. I haven't gotten your blogs lately because I dropped my computer. Hope I win you over as a friend again. eva

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LIVINGFREE19 4/8/2014 8:02AM

    Thank you for sharing this information!

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MAINEALI 4/7/2014 2:59PM

    What a great post. Lot's of good information and "food" for thought. Thanks!

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    Totally interesting. Thanks.

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JMARIES51 4/6/2014 9:47PM

    Great information. Thank you, Sharon. You are awesome!

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    Thanks for sharing this great info!

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KIWIANN 4/5/2014 9:14AM

    Lot's of interesting info - thanks so much for sharing it!!

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2BDYNAMIC 4/5/2014 7:59AM

    Wow! Taste receptors even in the nose! (That does it!) When I grocery shop--I am going to wear an allergy mask!) ......... I will fix em .......... all kidding aside ............ great piece of information! emoticon

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GOANNA2 4/5/2014 7:19AM

    Wow, a minefield of information. I have downloaded
the links really enjoying perusing them. So interesting
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CHRISTINATODAY 4/5/2014 1:57AM

    Can we please have a blog about the solutions, too?!!

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123ELAINE456 4/5/2014 12:55AM

  Awesome Blog. A lot of information and reading. Well done!!! Thank You for sharing. WTG!!! Take Care.

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/5/2014 12:44AM

    More great information and thanks for much for sharing it, Sharon!!
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POSITIVEHOPE 4/5/2014 12:12AM

    Great information and insightful research. We have all found that willpower fails us too often.
I would also recommend reading Dr Amy Johnson's little 23 page e-booklet "Fighting the Urge." She shares recent brain research that explains where that inner voice that urges us to eat comes from in the brain. She also explains how to effectively combat that urge leaving it powerless.
I have been using this tool for 3 months and I can actually imagine myself naturally slender and living without a constant battle against my inner voice's insistent urge to eat. When I use the tool I learned from this booklet and talk back to that inner voice, it just stops. No drama and no willpower needed. It just stops! I don't eat because there is no urge to eat. We can apply this tool to overeating, binging, weighing obsessively and negative thoughts (I'm too fat, I'll never lose weight etc., why bother).

Dr. Amy Johnson includes these permissions with the book:
My intention for this work is that it is widely shared with as many people as possible. Please feel free to reprint, publish, and share any part of this e-book with anyone who you think might benefit from it.
So here is the link:

http://dramyjohnson.com/wp-
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ontent/uploads/2013/12/Fig

hting-the-Urge_Dr-Amy-Johnson.pdf

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KITT52 4/4/2014 8:01PM

    so eye opening....I have learned so much and have been sharing with my DH...he is shocked.....

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TERMITEMOM 4/4/2014 7:01PM

    emoticon Your blogs are always so helpful!!! Thank you for the research you are sharing with us.

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SHERYLP461 4/4/2014 6:23PM

    Sharon, thank you for sharing this information. so many people feel they are failures if they cannot resist a certain food. The food companies keep us hooked with the sugar and fat, both highly addictive.

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TENNESSEEWALKER 4/4/2014 6:00PM

    Thanks!

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    emoticon thanks for sharing this valuable info

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1CRAZYDOG 4/4/2014 5:13PM

  Awesome! So much to learn about the food we eat. . . and how it's produced and marketed . . . so we can have 1/2 a chance of eating healthfully.

HUGS

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KATHYJO56 4/4/2014 5:12PM

    When I read articles like the one you posted the link for, I wonder why I even have the desire to eat. Our local news has been having different stories on the foods in the supermarkets and it is appalling. You are doing an awesome job with this series. Thank you! emoticon

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It’s Not About Your Lack of Willpower: Why You Can’t Eat Just One

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


How many times have you criticized yourself for falling into the junk food trap? We’ve all been there with armed with our best intentions, feeling good about ourselves, and then before we can say, “Girl Scout Cookie Time.” we realize that we’ve fallen off the wagon once again.

What if I told you that no matter how hard you tried, or how much willpower you have exhibited that it’s not your fault?

Believe it or not there is a whole science devoted to making our food taste simply irresistible. These taste engineers are called flavorists. A flavorist is a chemist with a trained nose and a poetic sensibility. Flavors are created by blending scores of different chemicals in tiny amounts. “One flavorist compared his work to composing music. A well-made flavor compound will have a "top note" that is often followed by a "dry-down" and a "leveling-off," with different chemicals responsible for each stage.” There is much time, effort, and money spent on making many of the foods we eat more tasty and thus, more addictive. The foods we eat are being designed to purposely be addictive.

Watch this short video and you’ll see why:
www.nytimes.com/video/dining/1000000
02476509/whats-in-it-doritos-locos-tac
os.html?playlistId=100000002724593


Your brain likes a variety of different foods. If you eat the same foods over and over again, you find that they soon become less tasty, and mundane. For me this is a BIG factor in my eating. I don’t know about you, but I cannot eat the same food in succession. If I have leftovers from dinner one night, I will not eat it the next day; I will wait at least two days before I want to eat that food again. I can not eat chicken for lunch and then again for dinner. It’s just not happening . . .

Knowing most of us want variety in our foods, they use and combine a myriad of factors in our favorite foods that we find so very tempting. One of the best ways is to use a combination of sugar, salt and fat to maximize the impact these foods have on our taste receptors and reward pathways in the brain.

Adding artificial flavors to the mix along with various textures just makes these foods too good to resist. The food industry takes full advantage of this - not because it is a big conspiracy, but because they’ve learned what gets the consumers to buy more.

• First there is the combination of different tastes combined into one little silver bullet that include sugar, salt, MSG, and other flavor active compounds.
• Taste and texture are next in line, and this includes various flavor and visual contrasts.
• The food must bring forth previously conditioned pleasurable memories for us as we eat it. This can include the food itself, the environment, and many other factors. The higher the number of factors present, the more irresistible the food becomes. This is where the psychobiology of junk food and cravings really works against you. When you eat something you love, like potato chips, your brain registers that feeling. The next time you see that food, smell it, or even read about that it, your brain automatically starts to “trigger” the memories and responses that you experienced when you ate it. These memories can actually cause physical responses like salivation and create the “mouth-watering” craving that you get when thinking about your favorite foods.
• Food Pleasure is next. If a food is lower in fat or calories you must add more sensation to it, and that usually means sugar or salt. The food industry managed to fit a round peg into a square hole. If you compare the original with the low far or “healthier version”, you will find the later often contains more sugar in it than the original, but is solely marketed for weight loss, and here is the key, “as part of a calorie-controlled diet”. So, yes, less calories, but more of the things our body naturally looks for and craves.
• Caloric Density is factored in next; how it is perceived by receptors inside our stomach and our brain. This connection convinces your brain it is getting enough of the nutrition it needs. Water scores a 0, junk food scores between a 4 and 5, and pure fat scores a 9. The exceptions to this rule are high volume foods such as popcorn that melt in the mouth quickly. Junk foods provide just enough calories that tells your brain that this food will give you some energy, but not enough to tell your brain you’re full, and to stop eating. As a result, you crave the food, but it takes a long time to feel you’ve had enough.
• Lastly is the emulsion quality. Our taste buds like emulsions, especially the pairing of salt and fat or sugar and fat combinations. Butter, chocolate, cream, salad dressings, and mayonnaise all excel in this one characteristic.

When we eat food there are 6 sensations that are triggered by our taste buds and sent to the brain. These include sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami, or savory. The brain especially loves mixtures of salt, sugar and fat, and the emulsive textures of butter, mayonnaise and chocolate. That would explain why no known salad can hold a candle to a plateful of French fries for some of us. Believe it or not, there is a "bliss point" for sugar, salt and fat, where they each taste divine; we don't love a food if it has too much or too little sweetness, saltiness or fattiness.

When we eat a combination of sugar, fat and salt we get a huge synergistic bang, first in the parts of the brain that register pleasure, and then in the gut, which detects and responds more favorably to the high calories in sugar and fat. The Snickers bar, for instance, is extraordinarily well engineered. As we chew it, the sugar dissolves, the fat melts and the caramel traps the peanuts so the entire combination of flavors is blissfully experienced in the mouth at the same time.

It's caveman stuff, going back to when we learned to eat big-calorie foods to survive, but our brains are intentionally being manipulated to override what our brain and our gut tells us.

Come back tomorrow and we will continue to see how science, engineering, and food manufacturing companies all work in collusion to achieve that elusive "bliss point' in all of their products with the express intent of increasing what is known as their products 'stomach share', the amount of digestive space any one company’s brand can grab from the competition. That’s right, these manufacturers are vying for digestive space in your stomach.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Sources:
www.caltonnutrition.com/from-the-bli
ss-point-to-the-breaking-point-america
s-war-on-the-extraordinary-science-of-
addictive-junk-food/

www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/
fast-food-killing-sense-taste?page=2

jamesclear.com/junk-food-science

  
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GOANNA2 4/5/2014 7:13AM

    Thank you for all this wonderful information. emoticon

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RITZIBROWN 4/3/2014 5:05PM

    Informative blog as always. I'm glad I learned to " Question everything!". It's the only way to live the life you want not the one someone is programming you to. The good news is you can train yourself to enjoy the taste of healthy, nutritional food. emoticon

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SPARKLED146 4/3/2014 4:13PM

    Enjoyed reading your blog today. Thanks.

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KITT52 4/3/2014 4:05PM

    very informative...thanks for the info...
I remember seeing that oreo cookies were as addictive as heroine ....scary....I have learned to eat clean...that has helped me with over eating a great deal....cutting out processed foods was a huge step in my adventure in finding a plan that works for me...

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BARBARAROSE54 4/3/2014 4:01PM

    thanks for all the information, very handy to know.

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TENNESSEEWALKER 4/3/2014 11:15AM

    Well! I thought I knew a lot, but there is so much here that is new to me. Thanks so much!

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MPETERSON2311 4/3/2014 10:26AM

    great information. I will keep this in mind next time I think I want more of something.

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SHERYLP461 4/3/2014 9:06AM

    Simple solution to this issue of processed food, which is true and done with addiction in mind; is to eat whole foods. If you want something processed do it yourself.

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GOANNA2 4/3/2014 7:24AM

    Thanks for the informative links Sharon. emoticon

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/3/2014 3:26AM

    emoticon I'm always surprised at the number of people who are not aware of what kind of science goes into processed food. We really need so much more education about what we are feeding our families-especially the children. Nutrition is SO important and it seems like no one cares about it - only wanting what tastes good.

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123ELAINE456 4/3/2014 12:16AM

  Awesome Blog. So much reading and information. Thank You for sharing.

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/2/2014 10:31PM

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TERMITEMOM 4/2/2014 10:28PM

    wow - this is a discovery! Thank you for this very valuable info Sharon!

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DUXGRL1 4/2/2014 9:13PM

    Well, at least I know now that it is not just me! Thanks for all that info!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/2/2014 9:03PM

  This is awesome information. I thank you. I know how utterly addictive sugar, salt and fat are for sure.

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RUNNINGME 4/2/2014 8:11PM

    Have you read "The End of Overeating" by David Kessler? Snickers and Doritos are two examples that he uses to show the mouth feel of food and the combination of salt, sugar, fat, hook us. After reading the book, I noticed that my binge foods are processed, sweet, and/or salty. For example, a Twix bar is binge-y but a dark chocolate Dove promise is not. A cookie out of a bag is much binge-ier than a from scratch cookie. I can eat unsalted almonds in moderation but not salted ones. The binge foods also make me feel bad - headache, bad aftertaste, bloated, etc. while the non-binge foods don't. Thanks for the interesting post.

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KATHYJO56 4/2/2014 7:29PM

    What great information. You did an awesome job researching all of this. Reading this was a great learning experience.

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SPARKFRAN514 4/2/2014 7:08PM

   
just what I needed to read today. thanks i was having a junk food attack and like have a hard to with the must go downs as my aunt called them. i can do chicken two night in a row but it needs to be different style. baked chicken on night and then chop it up for a salad. thanks for the links to the videos this a blog that needs to be read more than once since its packed with so much information.

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How Sweet It Is Part 2: Test Your Sugar Smarts

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Do you think you're pretty knowledgeable about sugar and sweeteners? Are honey, and agave nectar healthier than table sugar?

Understandably, those who are diabetic, have type 2 diabetes, or want to reduce their intake of carbohydrates likely choose a sweetener over sugar. We all are trying to eat healthier and make healthier choices in our diet, but how do all of the possible sweeteners we can use stack up?

Take this quiz and find out:
www.webmd.com/diet/rm-quiz-sugars-sw
eeteners



If you'd like to know more about the numerous sugars and sweeteners out there, check out this slide show:
www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,204
24821,00.html

Thanks for being so sweet, and stopping by!
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RITAVALENTA 4/2/2014 2:07AM

    I got 10 of 12 correct. Very informative post. Glad we are on the same team for the 5% challenge. emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 3/30/2014 4:59PM

    Great test. I also missed the one about being "hardwired" from birth with a sweet tooth.

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TENNESSEEWALKER 3/30/2014 3:48PM

    92%, owed to the commenter who mentioned the answer to the innate sweet tooth question. Thanks for a fun blog. I love quizzes!

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KITT52 3/30/2014 1:56PM

    Imissed one on the test...I figured the US produced the most sugar...very good info

I do use stevia, when I need a bit of sugar....about 1 packet a day or less

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CELIAMINER 3/30/2014 9:40AM

    Great info! Thanks for educating us!

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GOANNA2 3/30/2014 9:26AM

    Thanks for all the 'sweet' information.

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GABIBEAR 3/30/2014 1:32AM

    I got them all right...... emoticon

Thanks for all of the great info! Under ALL circumstances, I would avoid ALL artificial sweeteners! They actually encourage us to eat more sugar or more food in general.

Hope your weekend is going great so far Sharon!

Gabi
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123ELAINE456 3/30/2014 12:29AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Very informative. Thank You for sharing.

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SHARON10002 3/29/2014 11:30PM

    I scored 67% on the quiz also, but learned a lot in doing the research. Glad you all enjoyed it too! emoticon

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IMLOCOLINDA 3/29/2014 10:01PM

    Great stuff here, Sharon!! I got 100% on the test...but I cheated because I have taken it before! Only tough one for me was the country that produced the most sugar...I knew it wasn't U.S. but just lucky guessed Brazil!!

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RITZIBROWN 3/29/2014 9:57PM

    83%, Like others, I had no idea we were born with a sweet tooth. emoticon blog. Thanks!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/29/2014 8:55PM

  I did NOT know we were born with a sweet tooth!!! So, learned something new. That was the only one I got wrong. I have learned a lot about sugars, too, being type 2 diabetic.



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BARBARAROSE54 3/29/2014 8:48PM

    58%

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L*I*T*A* 3/29/2014 7:49PM

    love the quiz..........
great share.....

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KATHYJO56 3/29/2014 7:24PM

    I did really well on this. I have done a lot of research on sugars and it is in almost everything we eat. It is amazing how much sugar we consume on a daily basis. If people thing they aren't consuming sugar, they should do a little research and think again. emoticon

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NDKARIKARI 3/29/2014 7:15PM

    Got 83%, who knew we were born with a sweet tooth!
thanks for sharing

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PHOENIX1949 3/29/2014 6:51PM

    I scored a 67% on the quiz which was surprisingly lower than I expected.

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How Sweet It Is

Thursday, March 27, 2014


The US diet has changed dramatically in the last 200 years, and not for the better. Our major dietary changes stem from one single factor - the industrialization and commercialization of the American food system. We've turned over the majority of our food preparation to professionals, scientists, and engineers whose interests are not aligned with ours, but with their bottom line.

It's hard to appreciate just how much things have changed, because none of us were alive 200 years ago. Today, in the US most adults consume 22 teaspoons, about 355 calories, of sugar a day. The recommended intake is only six teaspoons , or 100 calories, for adult women, and nine teaspoons, or 150 calories for men.

Go back in time and you'll find that in the early 1800s, Americans were consuming just 3.8 teaspoons of sugar per day. This dramatic increase alone has led to unintentional weight gain, and numerous health risks. The food industry is the root of the problem, and until our government imposes some serious regulations and guidelines in regards to the added sugar, in all it's various forms, that is blatantly added to our food - we're losing the battle.

This info-graphic below was created to demonstrate the alarming increases in sugar consumption over the years and help raise awareness about sugar addiction.

www.addictiontreatmentmagazine.com/a
ddiction-news/infographics/americas-su
gar-addiction/


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KITT52 3/30/2014 1:52PM

    wow very interesting....

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CELIAMINER 3/30/2014 9:33AM

    Great infographic! I know how hard I had to work to break my sugar addiction and how easy it is not to become addicted again.

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DUXGRL1 3/28/2014 8:21PM

    Wow, this is really eye opening!

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TERMITEMOM 3/28/2014 4:15PM

    King $...

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1CRAZYDOG 3/28/2014 4:03PM

  Oh it is so important to read, read, read labels. Sugar, salt, fat . . . . hidden everywhere.

Thanks for this information!

HUGS

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UPPITYANN 3/28/2014 2:20PM

  POWERFUL MESSAGE!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 3/28/2014 12:52PM

    I agree with previous comments that we need to take our own actions to eat clean and healthy. If enough of us do, THEN industry and government will follow our lead (and our money).

It always amuses me that costume dramas of bygone eras insist on messing with the actors' teeth. Actually, people in the old days had good teeth because they didn't eat sugar or drink acid (think sodas).

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BARBARAROSE54 3/28/2014 10:36AM

    very interesting. emoticon

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MJEFFERSON23 3/28/2014 9:51AM

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RITZIBROWN 3/28/2014 9:51AM

    emoticon for the very informative blog. In my own case I found sugar to be addictive. I've been healthier since limiting myself to natural sweeteners (which still can be over consumed if one isn't aware).

Interesting that guests will sometimes comment that home baked goodies aren't as sweet as they are used to. Guess it's like salt addiction emoticon

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GOANNA2 3/28/2014 9:11AM

    An Australian author, David Gillespie, has written
a book called'Sweet Poison', and he says sugar
was used by the upper crust and notes since sugar
has been introduced in most bought foods, our lives
have become problematic with obesity on the rise.
I am trying to go sugar free... Thanks for the link.

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SHERYLP461 3/28/2014 8:23AM

    I have tried and mostly been successful to eliminate added sugar to my diet. I feel that sugar substitutes and not healthy and our bodies react badly to them so they are out. I stick to fruit and honey.

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MSLZZY 3/28/2014 7:24AM

    Sugar is everywhere and it certainly needs to be monitored more closely.

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MADAMES 3/28/2014 6:41AM

    Scary data! I really need to prepare more foods from scratch to avoid the added sugars in processed foods. Thank you for a great blog!

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123ELAINE456 3/28/2014 1:54AM

  Awesome Blob!!! Well Said!!! And all so very true. And very sad. I don't trust the government on anything at all. You can't believe them. You have to do your own research on everything. You have to look out for yourself and family. Eat healthy food and stay away from sugar and process food as much as you can. Thank You Sharon for sharing this with us. Very Informative. Have a Fantastic Day. Take Care.

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GABIBEAR 3/28/2014 12:45AM

    Yes, that is very sad Sharon. I have heard a lot of this on the Dr. Oz show. I personally don't respect the FDA or any government agency who promote sugary foods just because big business puts money in their pockets. I also feel the same about the drug industry. We have to be our own watch dogs and eat as cleanly as possible.

Thanks for sharing this with us! Have a fantastic Friday!

Gabi
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KATHYJO56 3/28/2014 12:07AM

    emoticon When I saw your title, I thought you would be posting something about sweet little Leah. lol

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2BDYNAMIC 3/27/2014 11:57PM

    emoticon ..... I keep an eagle eye on that 'white stuff' ...... I found if I drank or ate anything sugary ( emoticon ) even mid-day, often I could not get to sleep at night ........... It really is a bad culprit!!! ......... (but can look so attractive and seductive!) emoticon for the good word ........ :)

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UMBILICAL 3/27/2014 11:28PM

  Yes, J.G.

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