The following is a guest blog form my mother Linda Jeffrey. She loves to look into research behind studies on food. The following I found quite interesting!
A couple of days ago, I talked to a group of young people about how our food has changed since Monsanto took over our seed supply and bioengineered crops for yield and pesticide resistance, changing their basic DNA. Often our bodies react to these pseudo-foods as foreign chemicals and we live with inflammation and low energy. The biggest problems are wheat, soy, corn, and canola. By avoiding these blood sugar spiking toxins, we are avoiding diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension in the long run. Like people laughed at the idea of bacteria in the 1800’s, so today they laugh at a diet that leaves them hungry, depressed, tired, and sick.
I am amazed by how few people are willing to eat healthy and live the vibrant energetic lifestyle that can only be had by clean eating. These young people were bored. They don’t know what life was like before processed foods full of wheat, sugar and fat. You are getting this email because you have already made a decision to improve your health, get the nutrients you need, and avoid toxins. I congratulate you in a difficult but critical right decision. I read a doctor’s take on why people won’t give up their junk food. I thought you would enjoy a few paragraphs, and maybe you can gently share the information with someone who needs to know! Here is her explanation–
Cover Up: There are many ways to cover up feelings we don’t want to feel, but one of the most common ways is to eat foods high in sugar, carbohydrates, and fat, such as ice cream, cakes, and cookies. These classic comfort foods are aptly named because they hide the difficult feelings by producing a momentary sense of relief. Classic comfort foods are heavy and difficult to digest. Apart from the brain, digestion demands the most energy. Heavy foods pull energy from your nervous system, where you feel your feelings, and direct it toward digestion. These foods cover up emotions, creating a numbing effect for the feelings that started the cycle in the first place.
False Bliss: When you eat in order to cover up your feelings, you enter the “false bliss” stage. Characteristics of this stage are a sensation that everything is fine, that there was no issue to deal with in the first place, or that it was just a figment of your imagination. The comfort food paired with the desire to cover up enables you to forget, at least for a short while.
Hangover: Soon, the sensation of bliss and forgetting starts to wear off and the “hangover” sets in. Two types of pain occur during the hangover. There is the physical pain and discomfort, which occurs after eating too much of a “comfort” food. Then there is the emotional pain, which comes from feeling guilt and shame about not doing what you had originally set out to do (eat clean), repeating a well-worn pattern. On top of all that, you can often feel confused, because you have forgotten or suppressed the original trigger that started the downward cycle in the first place.
Food is either fuel for your body, or medication for your body. I’ve lived all my life not realizing the effects of food on who I am. I’m getting fit for God’s kingdom work. He calls us to tend His vineyard. Thanks for joining me in this fitness adventure!