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Addictive drug like foods Vs. satisfying foods

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I have learned as a coping mechanism to use food as a pleasure drug. The only problem is the pleasure doesn't last and really doesn't leave me satisfied and often makes me want more. Through reading and researching I am learning that many processed foods have ingredients in them that make you want more food instead of satisfying that hunger. One of my favorite flavors is MSG and it seems to be a powerful drug that makes me eat more. Why is it that when I eat a bag of Doritos for example that I can't stop at one serving...why do I just keep going and going? It's ingredients like the MSG and the salt and sugar combination. My mouth gets excited and I don't want that feeling to stop so I keep going. But this morning for example I just ate a half of a baked sweet potato with nothing on it but butter. I feel totally full and totally satisfied. I'd be willing to bet that if I ate one serving of a salty junk food that I'd still feel hungry and my mouth would be craving more flavor. Incorporating more whole foods and less processed foods is reminding me why we I am supposed to eat: energy, satisfying hunger and nutrition. At the very bottom of the list perhaps should be entertainment if even at all. I'm not saying that food shouldn't taste good but rather we should seek out foods that satisfy hunger and are tasty too but not so tasty that we can't stop. It's almost like junk foods are the crack or heroine of the food world. I can prepare something from scratch that has tons of flavor but does not have all the chemical additives that processed foods do so it still satisfies my need for pleasure from the food I eat as well but it also fills me up and I am able to stop when I am full.
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