Have you ever wondered why you can’t eat just one chip or cookie? Do you struggle with extra pounds even though you’ve reduced your daily calories by choosing low fat, plenty of grains, and dutifully doing your cardio?
In Beating the Food Giants, Paul Stitt notes that, “many nasty tricks are used by food giants to make you overeat. Adding lots of fat, sugar, and salt are obvious ones. They know that if they add enough fat, sugar, and salt Americans will eat almost anything.”(1) He worked for years as a food scientist at Quaker and knows firsthand how these companies add or subtract key nutrients with the explicit intent of getting you to gorge on their food. What do they know that you don’t? There’s something in your head within the hypothalamus called the appestat. This little organ monitors your blood for nutrients and is responsible for “telling” you what you want to eat.
Eat a chip and you taste salt. Once the chip hits your blood stream, the appestat wonders “Where are the nutrients?” Your brain hounds you to continue munching, hoping you’ll eventually eat something containing the nutrients present in unprocessed sea salt. Mounds of calorie dense junk go down but you aren’t full and search for more of what you just ate.
Refined sugar, grains, salt, artificial sweeteners, MSG, and HFCS numb the appestat. Only when we eat the correct balance of nutrients do we experience satiety. Without the right kind of fats and proteins and by consuming too many grains we set ourselves up for cravings and bingeing. Philip J. Goscienski, M.D. states “Your appestat is a control mechanism that has been fine tuned for hundreds of generations (and) can keep your weight stable within a pound or two from the end of your adolescent years into old age—if you let it.”(2)
Food companies know exactly what these additives do, liberally spiking their “food” with it and spending millions to convince us how good it is. They work hard to be sure nobody can eat just one. Try eating one Oreo. It’s no accident you can’t! Americans oblige, spending millions, literally starving their way to obesity—the epicenter of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
If you think that “natural” foods don’t contain things that make you want to eat more, scrutinize the labels. Citric acid, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, natural flavorings and sodium are nice ways of saying MSG (an excito-toxin) and salt. Anything ending in “-ose” is sugar, with the exception of sucralose, a fabricated word so you think it’s derived from sugar. It’s a chemical, same as aspartame.
The experts steeped in science often pooh-pooh the appestat’s existence because it hasn’t been “scientifically” proven. What I encourage clients and challenge these experts to remember is that the vital peoples managed to get here over the march of time without pharmaceuticals, artificial sweeteners and all the low fat, high grain, refined, “natural,” de-natured stuff that companies have convinced us is real food.
Humans aren’t equipped to process anything we didn’t eat 10,000 years ago because we haven’t evolved one iota since then. CHEK practitioners teach that you must consume enough of the nutrient dense foods for your unique set of genes in the form we ate long ago. We advocate that food is energy and energy can only come from live food. Everyone’s different. Your ancestors evolved on foods available in their geographical region so choices bringing robust health to you can actually cause another’s illness.
The bingeing phenomenon and related health issues aren’t complicated when you understand how additives and carb heavy foods manipulate your brain and pancreas. If you can’t say it and it wasn’t here 10,000 years ago, don’t eat it. Choose foods as free of chemicals, additives, preservatives and pesticides as possible. When you don’t get enough clean saturated fats and proteins rich in amino acids, you may seek out nourishment from sugar or carbohydrates. The pancreas releases insulin when you eat too many carbohydrates and stores them as fat.
Listen to your appestat and your bingeing will cease. Mother Nature equipped us with incredible bodies geared to work at moderate paces and bursts of speed and power when needed. Her nutritious and brilliantly balanced foods got us here and we must heed her wisdom.
(1) Stitt, Paul A.; Beating the Food Giants, Manitowac, WI: Natural Press, page 116
(2) Goscienski, Phillip J., M.D.; How Does Your Appestat Work?, Web article, December 2005
Additional Resources and Reading:
Chek, Paul; You Are What You Eat CD Series, Chek Institute, San Diego, CA 2002
Chek, Paul; How to Eat, Move and be Healthy, Chek Institute, San Diego, CA 2002
Chek, Paul; Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Level 1 & 2 Certification Courses, Chek Institute, San Diego, CA 2002
Price, Weston A.; Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, San Diego, CA: Price-Pottenger
Sweet Remedy: The World Reacts to an Adulterated Food Supply DVD, including Dr. Russell Blaylock, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Jim Turner, ESQ, Dr. Michael Ruff, Dr. Candace Pert, Dr. Janet Starr Hull, Sally Fallon, former FDA Agent Arthur Evangelista and many others; Sound and Fury Productions, Inc., 2006 www.westonaprice.org