Addictions are tough to break; habits, not so much.
Although most people think they’re addicted to food; I believe that most of our poor eating habits are just that—habits. And habits can be broken. Unlike cocaine, heroin or even caffeine, bad eating habits can be replaced easily with good eating habits that feature delicious, filling and super healthy foods. (And if it is a drug addiction problem please seek the help you deserve).
Over the past few years, I have seen hundreds of people switch from the toxic Western diet to 4Leaf and are thrilled with the results. Just today, one of my local friends posted this comment beneath one of Lisa’s recipes:
Hi Lisa – This lasagna is unbelievable! It tastes terrific, and — though I would NEVER have believed it — you do not even miss the cheese! Instant famiy favorite — including my five-year-old! Thank you so much for this great recipe! LTB in Stonington
This is exactly what I am talking about; we’ve all been eating cheese and butter for so long that we think that we must be addicted. Yet when we understand what a 100% plant-based 4Leaf meal can taste like, we realize that we’ve just been practicing a disease-promoting bad habit for most of our lives.
Just last week on the Dr. Oz Show, they polled the viewing audience across America with this question, “Do you think that you may be addicted to food?” To me the results were astounding:
- 63 percent said YES
- 19 percent said MAYBE
- Total of 82% think that they may be addicted to food.
Those are staggering numbers. Although the Oz sampling is not statistically significant, it suggests that some 200 million American adults may be having difficulty controlling their eating impulses. Some may truly be addicted, but my guess is that most are just suffering from nutrient deficiency and a bad habit of eating meat, dairy and eggs three meals a day.
No matter how much they eat of the salt, fat, sugar, cheese, butter and white flour-laden foods; their body is telling them to keep on eating. And at least 83 percent of Americans are doing just that—so much so that there they now have their own organization: http://www.foodaddicts.org. And we now have the fattest nation in the history of humankind.
CNN reported on a study in 2010 that appeared on Health.com. Link to the complete article appears at the end of this post. From the March 30, 2010 article:
Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have suspected for years: Bacon, cheesecake, and other delicious yet fattening foods may be addictive.
A new study in rats suggests that high-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in much the same way as cocaine and heroin. When rats consume these foods in great enough quantities, it leads to compulsive eating habits that resemble drug addiction, the study found.
Doing drugs such as cocaine and eating too much junk food both gradually overload the so-called pleasure centers in the brain, according to Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D., an associate professor of molecular therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute, in Jupiter, Florida. Eventually the pleasure centers “crash,” and achieving the same pleasure–or even just feeling normal–requires increasing amounts of the drug or food, says Kenny, the lead author of the study.
Our food producers have mastered the process of adding just the right balance of sugar, fat, salt, cheese, butter and white flour such that we all begin to behave as if we were addicts. Yet, when presumed addicts shift to a 4Leaf, whole plants diet-style—and can eat all they want, when they want; they tend to fill up long before they’ve eaten too many calories. And they say goodbye to their former “addictions.”
AND, they begin getting all those nutrients that were missing in the typical Western diet. Whenever I think about our food producers, I will always think of this Wendell Berry quote that I posted yesterday for the first time:
People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health—-and are treated by the health industry which pays no attention to food. —-Wendell Berry
What about the health industry? All we have to do is name this addictive eating disorder and they will have a drug for it. Our health industry is fond of acronyms like COPD; how about CFAD for this? Chronic Food Addiction Disorder?
The Bottom Line. While the great majority of our nation believes that they may be addicted to food, I truly believe that the most of those “addicts” could replace their bad eating habits within six weeks on a 4Leaf eating regimen—simply deriving over 80 percent of their calories from whole, plant-based foods.
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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