Food, Mood & Chemical Weight
Most dieters are very knowledgeable about diets, having tried dieting many times, often for many years. However knowing about diets and calories is not the same as understanding about nutrition.
Understanding nutrition and how different food affect both your body and mind systems can help you lose weight successfully and keep it off.
Allergies, food intolerances, SUGAR, Pesticides, Hormones, Chemicals & Junk “food” can all sabotage your best efforts to lose weight and be healthy.
Junk is NOT food
Many people know that junk food is calorific and if you eat too much, you’re likely to pile on weight.
However, what many people do not realise, is the extent to which junk food is filled with chemicals and sugars that upset our body’s natural balance and hunger.
Convenience’ and ‘junk food’ is as far from natural food as possible. As they contain little ‘real’ food, the body does not know what to do with it, and stores it as FAT.
Nutrition-less ‘junk food does not satisfy the body’s need for food, simply because it is not food. This is partly why it’s easy to consume many calories in one sitting and still feel hungry shortly after – you have filled you body with calories, but not the nutrition it needs.
The body will naturally seek out the nutrition it needs, and encourages you to eat again. It can also leave your body feeling tired as it has to work hard to processes the rubbish and extract what little nutrition, if any, it does contain. This can create a vicious cycle if you continue to feed it rubbish and not the correct nutrition it needs.
Eating nutritious, healthy food when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full, combined with exercise is the correct way to become and stay slim. Hypnotherapy can help retrain you to eat the right foods for your body.
Sugar cravings, insulin and fat
Food is turned into glucose (blood sugar) in the body, and this is the fuel needed to keep it going. Insulin is a hormone that monitors glucose to help keep our energy stable. When we eat nutritious, healthy food our energy is stable and we don’t overwork it with insulin production.
However, by making mistakes with our food choices and eating habits, our bodies are put through a rollercoaster ride of insulin production. By eating carbohydrate rich food, blood sugar levels increase and insulin is released to keep the body stable. Any excess glucose (sugar) is stored for later until the body needs it, when it’s converted back to glucose for sugar. This excess can be put into their short-term storage (glycogen) or longer term storage (fat).
Insulin production puts a strain on the body. When you eat a sugar rich food, you get a quick burst of sugary energy followed by a release of insulin as your body works hard to re-balance your energy levels. As your body is spending energy getting your blood sugar back to normal, your energy levels dip and you crave a quick fix. This rapid drop in blood sugar starves the brain and you can experience symptoms such as:
- Energy slumps during the day – especially mid morning or in the afternoon
- Cravings for sweets
- Cravings for stimulants (tea, coffee, cigarettes)
- Irritability of mood swings
- Poor concentration and fuzzy thinking
Sugar is surprisingly hidden in many foods, including bread, pasta and cereal. Caffeine and nicotine have a similar effect, dispelling the myth that cigarettes help you stay slim. Putting your body through the ongoing pressure of insulin rollercoaster long term can lead to type II diabetes.
Obesogens and the pesticide paunch
Chemicals and pesticides in many “foods” (and food packaging), including processed foods, non-organic fruit and vegetables, are a poison to the body.
Toxins in your food can contribute to weight issues and obesity. The chemicals that disrupt the function of our hormonal system are called obesogens. Obesogens are chemicals that disrupt our hormonal systems and metabolism, and many researchers believe they lead to weight gain.
They work by mimicking human hormones, such as oestrogen. For example, an increase in oestrogen, the female sex hormone, is associated with the growth of “moobs” or man boobs in men. Obesogens also work by misprogramming stem cells to become fat cells, and, researchers think, by altering the function of genes.
Obesogens can be found in:
- Pesticides (e.g. water, non-organic grains, fruit and vegetables)
- Natural hormones found in soy
- Hormones given to animals (e.g. non-organic meat and dairy)
- Plastics in food and drink packaging (e.g. microwave meals, drink bottles)
- Vinyl and non-stick pans
- Ingredients added to processed food
- Personal-care products (e.g. shampoo, shower gels, soaps)
Furthermore, chemical pesticides can affect your body’s insulin production, and the reaction is similar to consuming a high sugar, high carbohydrate diet (see above for more detail). Such diets encourage faster insulin release which, in turn, lowers your blood sugar and makes you crave, and eat, more food. Over time the body become less able to produce insulin, and eventually people cannot make enough insulin to sustain blood glucose levels, resulting in Type II diabetes.
Mind altering substances cause weight gain
Not only do junk foods contain empty calories, but many also contain transfats. (Transfat is the common name for unsaturated fats which are harder for the body to digest). Transfats are seriously bad news for your health. Many people are now aware that transfats are linked to coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes, but less know about their effects on the brain.
Transfats literally ‘trick’ our minds into thinking we are still hungry. (Imagine how easy it is to consume two big Macs in one sitting, but not two healthy home cooked dinners with the same calorific value!)
Researchers have now discovered transfats and other chemicals in junk food literally ‘trick’ our minds into thinking we are still hungry. These chemical send mixed messages to the brain, reducing its ability to control appetite. In other words, the more junk food you eat, the less you are able to tell how much and what you’ve eaten. This is turn encourages you to eat even more!
Intolerance, Allergens & Hormonal Imbalance
Hormonal harmony is key to long-term effective weight loss. Conditions associated with hormonal imbalance, such as underactive thyroid, Cushing’s syndrome or, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and hormonal disorders can cause havoc with our weight.
The food you eat all has an effect on your hormonal levels, and eating the right food for your individual bodily needs, and avoiding allergens and intolerances is key. Many people suffer from food intolerance (Allergy UK estimates that up to 45% of people in the UK suffer from food intolerance), and they can encourage you to gain weight. Ingesting substances your body rejects can lead to cravings (often to the foods we are allergic/intolerant to), bloating and lethargy.
A balanced, healthy diet
The trick is avoid this destructive pattern is to eat organic foods that release energy slowly throughout the day, such as protein, complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables and grains. By combining protein with complex carbohydrates, you keep your energy levels and moods more stable throughout the day.
A few tips to get you started
- Eliminate all processed foods — if it’s not natural, don’t eat it
- Take time to check the back of packets — can you pronounce the ingredients? If not, don’t eat it
- Avoid sugars (sucrose, glucose, fructose, dextrose, lactose, maltose, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup
- Think sugar, not fat, as the No. 1 substance to be eliminated
- Eat organic where possible, particularly animal produce, green leafy vegetables
- Cut out, or at least reduce, caffeine and alcohol
- Get more fresh, raw food — aim for at least 50 per cent raw food in your diet — e.g. salads, crudités, fruit, smoothies
- Get creative and have fun! Find healthier, more rewarding ways to look after and treat yourself
- Book our Food Intolerance & Allergy Screening and find our which foods you should avoid
Weight loss hypnotherapy can help you stop eating junk food and start listening to what your body wants to eat. Plus we offer Food Intolerance & Allergy screening is designed to unlock your unique combination of substances you should avoid (and / or get desensitised from).l
Stop being tricked by chemical, sugary junk, with hypnotherapy and desensitisation to help you instinctively search for and enjoy healthier, more nutritious, energy giving food.
Change your diet, transform your body
If you recognise any of the above, and are NOT eating a healthy balanced diet, a combination of advanced weight loss hypnotherapy and food allergy/intolerance testing could help you. Contact Katie Glen on 020 8712 5981 for your FREE 15-minute consultation and discover how we can help you achieve your ideal weight naturally.