We are a nation that thrives on Fast Food! We are rushing from one event to the next and we barely have time to sit down as a family and eat a wholesome meal together. Unfortunately, the fast food addiction is causing our health and our bodies to suffer in extreme ways. There are various reasons why we’re addicted. We must assess how we are and make some changes today.
People may become addicted to the sugar and fat in fast food, much like a person can become addicted to a drug, which may help explain the rising rates of obesity in the United States.
Researchers determined that some animals, and therefore some humans, could become dependent on sweet food. In their study, rats fed a diet containing 25 percent sugar became anxious when the sugar was removed–displaying symptoms similar to people going through drug withdrawals, such as chattering teeth and the shakes.
In the study, a link was found between opioids, or the brain’s ‘pleasure chemicals,’ and a craving for sweet, salty and fatty foods. It is thought that high-fat foods stimulate the opioids, as when researchers stimulated rats’ brains with a synthetic version of the natural opioid enkephalin, the rats ate up to six times their normal intake of fat.
2 Reasons we are addicted:
- Emotional – we’ve either grown up with it, used it for emotional eating, or just become psychologically attached to it.
- Hypoglycemic Episodes from Sugar and Grains
What is wrong with Fast Food?
- Most meats come from Feedlots. The cheapest and most inhumane way to raise animals. This causes the end product to be compromised nutritionally.
- Salt – too much Sodium can lead to High blood pressure, also called hypertension. Hypertension leads to Kidney disease, sleep apnea, dementia, stroke, etc.
- Sugar, Corn Syrup, Fructose
- Incredibly processed
Are we Health-Washed? Are they trying to fool us to believe that the healthy options at the Fast Food restaurants are actually “good” for us? Look at some of the nutritional facts on some of these menu items:
McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is a supposedly “healthy” breakfast item that actually contains more sugar than a Snickers bar. Fast-food joints routinely offer healthy-sounding options that aren’t really health food. Time Magazine lists a few, including:
McDonald’s Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
The chicken is listed as “grilled chicken breast fillet,” but it’s not breast meat — it’s reconstituted rib meat combined with 22 additives such as “polysorbate 80” and “autolyzed yeast extract”.
Jamba Juice Mango Mantra Light Smoothie
A 20 ounce Mango-a-go-go contains 85 grams of sugar. The “light” variety, however, only continas 48 grams — but bear in mind that the daily limit recommended by the American Heart Association, which is already far too high, is 34 grams of added sugar for women and 36 grams for men.
Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich
A foot-long Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwich actually contains 34 grams of added sugar, or your total daily recommended intake of sugar if you are female. Add to this 2,020 mg of sodium, that’s 520 mg more salt than the USDA recommends that children, those with high blood pressure, the elderly and African Americans should consume in an entire day.
Do you know what is in a Chicken Nugget?
Look at these ingredients. Surely we are not thinking these are good for us. Have you ever found a chicken nugget in your van after months of hiding? It still looks the same–no mold or physical change.
Chicken meat, water, modified corn starch, salt, chicken broth powder (chicken broth, salt and natural chicken flavouring), seasoning [(vegetable oil (soybean and/or canola), extracts of rosemary, mono, di and triglycerides (from sunflower oil) and soy lecithin)]. Breaded with: water, wheat flour, yellow corn flour, modified corn starch, salt, baking powder, spices (white and black pepper, celery seed), wheat starch, whey powder, sodium aluminum phosphate, corn starch, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (manufacturing aid). Cooked in 100% vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with THBQ, citric acid and dimethypolysiloxane).
Sure doesn’t look “natural” does it?
How to reverse this addiction:
Emotionally – One way we can un-fastfood ourselves is to be informed about what is really in those “foods”. When I picture what the product actually is, then i don’t seem to crave it as readily. Change the association in your mind. You can do it! Also, find ways to decrease your stress (yoga, meditation, prayer, rest). This will help you not turn to foods to comfort your body’s lack of peace.
Exercise – One of the most effective ways to lower your insulin levels is through exercise. A regular, effective exercise program can go a long way toward reducing your insulin levels and your blood pressure.
Optimize your vitamin D levels – It has recently become clear that normalizing your vitamin D levels can have a powerful effect on normalizing your blood pressure. Lower vitamin D levels is also unquestionably associated with an increased risk for heart disease. Try Shaklee’s Vitamin D!
Make wise choices one day at a time!