Your body has amazing built in mechanisms for deciding what and when to eat – hunger and appetite.
These natural mechanisms for regulating food intake can be easily distorted by addictive foods and sugary snacks with flavour enhancers and additives. Foods with additives are designed to be super tasty and to trick you brain into believing that you are hungry.
With addictive foods it is really easy to choose what to eat – if you like cheese – you can eat cheese anytime. And if you like ice cream – you can eat chocolate ice cream any time. The same goes for pizza, chips, French fries, cake, bacon, breakfast cereal, etc.
If you remove addictive foods (processed foods high in fat and sugar) from your diet and leave only natural, fresh and live foods you will find it much easier to stop overeating, to improve your diet and to eat what your body really needs.
You won’t need any meal plans for the week or some doubtful dietary tips like “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” which sounds more like an excuse for overeating greasy fried food, refined carbs followed by sugar and caffeine.
When To Eat?
When to eat is simple – eat when you are hungry. Hunger is a physical need to eat; it is your body’s mechanism for regulating food intake. Hunger is very reliable in telling you WHEN to eat. However, it is not a very good indicator of how much to eat and when to stop eating. This is especially true when you are eating processed foods with flavour and taste enhancers.
The goal is not eat when you are not hungry.
When you are not hungry your body does not need any food, your digestive system is not ready, your organs of elimination are still overloaded by the waste and toxins from the previous meal.
Eating when not hungry and constant snacking on addictive foods uses up a lot of your energy and overloads the gut. If you eat a heavy meal before going to bed your digestive system will not get any rest during the night.
A lot of body energy is used every day on digesting unnecessary food and dealing with waste and toxins produced by the digestive process. Very little energy remaining for anything else.
It will take some time and a bit of practice to distinguish between real hunger and the need to fill up your free time with snacking or get some positive emotions and entertainment from food.
What To Eat?
What to eat – follow your appetite. Appetite is not the same as hunger. Appetite is more refined and precise – it is a strong desire or preference for a particular food based on the smell, appearance, flavour and appeal of that food.
Appetite tells you what your body needs at the present moment. When you have an appetite for something – you can almost taste this food in your mouth. Appetite is connected and stimulated by metabolic processes in the body. When specific vitamins, nutrients and minerals are required by your body an appetite for a particular food will tell you what to eat.
In the beginning it may not be very easy to understand what your body really needs. Your appetite may be distorted addictive food (sugar, coffee, cheese, chocolate, processed foods with added fat and sugar) and by the taste and flavour enhancers found in processed foods which are designed to trick your body into believing that your need more and more of them.
Eliminate Addictive Foods and Foods with Additives.
Processed foods are deliberately designed to be “hyperpalatable” to taste super delicious, much more delicious then the natural foods and too make you spend more money and overeat.
Giving up all chemical additives and seriously cutting back on addictive foods is the first step in learning to listen to your body, understanding what it needs and finding your true appetite.
The only exception to following your appetite is eating vegetables, especially vegetable salads. Very few people have strong appetite for green salads made from raw vegetables. Eating raw vegetable salads is essential for cleansing and detoxifying the gut and normalising bowel movements. To make vegetables more appealing and appetising use natural flavour enhancers (salt, pepper, spices) and sauces made from honey, vegetable oils, mustard, seeds, nuts or any other natural ingredients.
How Much To Eat?
A really good indicator is the enjoyment of the food. When you start eating natural unprocessed food that is full of nutrients that your body really needs than the first bites, the first spoonfuls will be most enjoyable.
As you carry on eating the sense of enjoyment from the food will gradually decrease and disappear. When you find yourself no longer enjoying the taste of food you are eating that is a good sign that the body does not require any more nutrients from this food.
Your body will never tell you to stop eating when you are eating addictive foods or food with chemical flavour and taste enhancers.
There’s no other built in mechanism (apart from the size of the stomach) to tell you when to stop eating.
Eating for better health is very different from eating for entertainment or counting calories or going on a diet. Eating for better health is a skill which can be learned and developed. It is a process of fine tuning your diet, listening to your body and changing your diet in response to your body requirements which change with time of the year, changes in physical activity and changes in body metabolism.
Eating for better health is about taking the load off the organs of excretion (the gut, the liver, kidneys) and giving them a chance to start cleansing and detoxifying the entire body.`