Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Why you shouldn't feel guilty about feeling hungry and having cravings when you're trying to eat right.

Our bodies have this thing called the neuroregulation of appetite. It's the thing that tells us, under normal circumstances, when we're full and to stop eating.
In Robb Wolf's words, we're "wired up" to eat everything that isn't nailed down. In our native environment, nature, massive amounts of carbohydrate are rare, and we have to move miles to get it.

In other words, we're built to move a lot and eat whatever we find along the way.
Overfeeding ourselves on refined carbohydrates and sugar (easy to do in modern society, hard to do in nature), short circuits the neuroregulation of appetite. In other words, you feel more hungry despite eating so much. What does that mean? It means IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT that your so hungry and want to eat so much.
It DOES NOT mean you're lazy, or slothful, or gluttonous. You shouldn't feel guilty. It does not mean you have an unhealthy relationship with food. You shouldn't even HAVE a relationship with food.
Having a relationship with food is like having a relationship with that hammer in your tool drawer. It's a tool and you have no particular emotions about it. It gets the job done when you use it the right way, and don't hammer the you-know-what out of everything.

So how do we "fix" our neuroregulation of appetite?
How do we reset our bodies so we have normal hunger? How do we make it so our bodies realize we're full at the right time?
Good question.
It depends on where you're starting.
If you're lean, active, and not sick, it can be a simple matter of improving food quality.
If you're diabetic, stressed, sick, or obese, a more involved intervention may be in order. 
There are some good resources out there on this. If you're a do-it-yourself kind of person, Robb Wolf does an excellent job covering this (and how to fix it) in his new book Wired to Eat.

As always, if you have questions or anything, please feel free to reach out to me!

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