INSTEAD OF EATING FOOD AS A NECESSITY WE CONSUME FOOD LIKE IT IS TASK. FOR MOST, EVER SINCE PRIMARY SCHOOL,WE ARE CONDITIONED TO CONSUME FOOD AT A CERTAIN TIME AND CERTAIN AMOUNT. BUT DO WE ACTUALLY ALL NEED TO EAT THAT MUCH FOOD IF OUR LIFESTYLE DOES NOT BALANCE OUT THE ENERGY THAT IS USED? "IN TODAY"S INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD, FAST FOOD, HIGH-CALORIE BEVERAGES, and LARGE PORTIONS MAKE IT EASY TO OVERRIDE FULLNESS CUES, AS EXCESS ENERGY IS OFTEN CONSUMED BEFORE BEING REGISTERED BY THE BODY." (OUTLAND, L. PHD., RUST, F. PHD, 2013).BECAUSE OF ALL THE EXCESS FOOD WE EAT, OUR BODIES END UP STORING ALL THAT EXCESS ENERGY IN TO FAT. WITH ALL THAT ADDED AMOUNT OF FAT, IT LEADS TO HEALTH PROBLEMS, SUCH AS DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE. (GIBBY, J.T., NJERU, D. K., CVETKO, S.T., MERRILL, R. M., BIKMAN, B. T., GIBBY, W. A., 2015). FAT IN OUR BODIES ARE LIKE SPONGES, IT SUCKS UP ALL THE DIRTY AND NASTY THINGS WE PUT INTO OUR BODY. THE AMOUNT OF HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO EXCESS FAT IS MORE THAN THE FINGERS ON OUR HANDS. FAT IN OUR BODIES IS NECESSARY FOR NORMAL HOMEOSTATIC FUNCTIONS, BUT OUR BODIES ARE NOT DESIGN TO NEED SO MUCH FAT. OUR BODIES STORE FAT BECAUSE IN THE OLDEN TIME, WHEN FOOD IS SCARCE THE BODY WILL CONVERT THE EXCESS STORED FAT FOR ENERGY.
According to The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, "Intuitive eating is a program based on the premise that the human body possesses innate knowledge of the best foods to eat and the most appropriate eating habits. Intuitive eating rejects the multitude of diets and dietary recommendations that flood the marketplace and create confusion among consumers. Rather than scientific explanations and rigid dietary requirements, intuitive eating emphasizes the psychological components of eating habits as important nutritional factors. Thus, the goal of an intuitive eating program is to rediscover and reconnect with the inherent wisdom of one's own body, using practices that facilitate this process." (2013).
Rather than having a diet where their is restrictions and limitations, intuitive eating allows us to understand our bodies better in order for us to eat what I bodies is trying to tell us that it needs. With us focusing on diets with limitation and restrictions, it trains our mind to be disciplined in a certain way. Because of that we are actually ignoring what our bodies is telling us. A study that directly links between dieting, exercising and intuitive eating amongst early adolescents shows that "When individuals eat intuitively, they generally consume more nutritious foods and are able to maintain a weight that is healthy for their height and sex ." (Moy, J., Petrie, T. A., Dockenndroff, S., Greenleaf,C., Martin, S., 2013).
Fuud for thought?
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