The health crisis in our country relates to an epidemic of chronic disease. We at Enlighten Education Co-op believe that we need to shine a spotlight on this issue and how it relates to agriculture and our foods. A major component of chronic disease is individual excess weight. Nobody intentionally carries excess pounds on their body because we all know that it is unhealthy and unattractive. So why do we, as a nation, have this widespread problem?
To find the answer, we first have to deal the guilt and shame people feel who have desperately tried to lose weight without success. I am here to tell you that it is not your fault. You have been caught in a maelstrom, a perfect storm, of events that work to your detriment. It is not a lack of will or desire to be thin again. Let me lay out the reasons that, in America today, it is so difficult to achieve normal weight.
The main reason is that as a culture we have been the victims of an addictive drug: specifically, high fructose corn syrup. Please watch: https://robertlustig.com/sugar-the-bitter-truth
Our agricultural system has gone off the rails with temporarily highly efficient chemical farming that has produced an excess of corn that has to go somewhere. For a variety of not very nice reasons, it has been turned into high fructose corn syrup that is in almost all processed foods. Add to that cane and beet sugar that is highly subsidized for some reason with price supports, etc. The net result: in a little over 200 years we went from consuming 6 pounds of sugar a year per person to 130 pounds. There is nothing wise or natural about that. Please see an interesting Smithsonian article at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unsavory-history-sugar-american-craving-180962766/
So stop blaming yourself and help cure our collective sugar addiction. Sugar, according to Dr. Lustig is a highly addictive drug. I would suggest four ways to conquer this curse: one, intermittent fasting. That is: try to eat only during the hours of noon and 6pm. The reason people have trouble doing that is because in the morning they start the blood sugar ball bouncing, usually with coffee and something like a donut with the result that after the initial high, blood sugar plunges and we need another boost, and this goes on until we go to bed. Encourage your body to keep a normal and level blood sugar without relying on food, in this case the drug called refined sugar. And don’t think that diet coke or artificial sweeteners are the answer. They don’t work and are dangerous to your health. Because of our relatively sedentary lives, we just don’t need three meals a day. One way to stay up without resort to food, or something resembling food, is to try to be happy with an interesting occupation, relationship, hobby, or music. Depression makes you want to eat.
The second method is to try to eat organic. Yes, it will cost a little more, but the net cost will be lower because you will be eating less. And you won’t be poisoning yourself with glyphosate weed killers that won’t kill genetically modified crops, but they will do a job on you.
My third suggestion is movement. Try to keep moving as much as you can, even if it is just a short walk every day. Ironically, you will find that the more you move, the less you will crave food, or what shouldn’t pass for food.My fourth suggestion is to take supplements that will help kill cravings and enrich your microbiome. If you haven’t given much thought to what’s inside your gut, it is time to give it attention. Your microbiome is called your third brain and deserves respect. Check it out. A supplement that I would recommend is from Amy Lee, MD and is called BIO-X4 that you can find at nucific.com. Watch this brief video and others from her: https://www.facebook.com/nucific/videos/385688808863238 More info from me is in my book: Health, Happiness, and Hope available on Amazon. Good luck and fight the good fight.