Losing Weight (Part 7): What it Takes to Overcome Your Years of “Training” in Bad Eating Habits
No matter how you try to rationalize eating behaviors that cause you to gain weight and possibly to develop high blood sugar, if not full-blown diabetes, there is a fundamental truth that must be accepted: it takes willpower to change habits.
If you have been following my blogs, you know that I propose that, yes, YOU can summon this willpower to control high blood sugar and prevent diabetes simply by avoiding the consumption of grains. It is grains, not insulin resistance – a supposed hormonal flaw – that set the conditions for diabetes. Not eating grains—particularly rice, wheat, corn in all their forms and flours made from these – will help you lose weight and lower your blood sugar. Reduce to as close to zero as possible your consumption of breads made from wheat (even whole grain), pizza, pastas, tortillas, doughnuts, muffins, rice (white or brown, both are effectively the same), cakes, pies, and all those “yummy” things that you believe make your taste buds sing.
You may be thinking that this will be impossible to do because my willpower is not strong enough. But there is a good reason you might think this. Your brain has been programmed by decades of living in a culture in which grains are seen as an integral part of nutrition. The problem started, in my opinion, right in your childhood years and has been reinforced throughout your lifetime. Consider this sketch of the typical individual growing up in the US.
Starting from Infancy
For decades, infants in America have been exposed to the ease of having breakfast, mostly extracted from prepackaged boxes or containers, having attractive colors, flavors, shapes with added salt and sugars, and promoted by well-recognized cartoon characters, almost all made with grains or grain-flour. The child is hooked, and his or her behavior is conditioned to seek those food textures and flavors in every snack such as pancake, biscuit, roll, doughnut, cake, cookie, corn chip, pretzel, cheese puff, or other snack items.
As a toddler, the child then becomes hooked by commercials of sandwiches such as hamburgers along with pizza, noodles, and pasta. At every party the toddler attends, he or she is given various forms of grain-flour products.
In elementary schools, lunches are prepared with grain and grain flour products to make them filling, with salt and fat liberally added to provide taste. In addition, the easy availability of soft drinks with added sweeteners available in attractive containers make it easier to get hooked on them too. Also important, children get used to the idea of eating fast to make use of available time, and concentrate on their conversations or pair eating with distractions such as popcorn and movies so that they don’t pay attention to their actual hunger or satiation signals. Rather, they terminate each meal based on emptiness of the plate or the fullness of their stomach, rather than satisfaction based on taste.
After school, a child involved in many extracurricular activities finds minimal time for relaxed meal times and develops a behavior pattern of always eating on the go. Again, meal selection is based mostly on availability, convenience, and cost.
As a teenager, parties with friends almost always involve food and drinks, whether one is hungry or not. As one gets into the adult world of college and working, food intake becomes a matter of what is affordable and/or quick to make and eat. The individual gravitates more and more towards grain-based foods that are easy to prepare: noodles, pastas, pizzas, etc. Food distributed by stores as free samples becomes an attraction to shop and buy, regardless of nutritional value. Manufacturers encourage this by advertising nutritional benefits such as fiber content and added vitamins, even when the percentage of complex carbohydrate in the food is far more than what an individual can use for their daily energy needs, and the amount of added nutrients may not be needed in the body on a daily basis.
As one enters the workforce, eating becomes something that is done as and when time permits, most often with no correlation with the sensation of hunger or the desirability of ingredients in the meal. You are forced to eat what is available and affordable. Workplace treats (bagels on Fridays, muffins on Wed, and so on), especially those birthday cakes prepared by coworkers, are all accepted, for fear of not appearing social or not wanting to offend colleagues or superiors. After-work parties with consumption of food and drinks become almost mandatory to attend in the name of camaraderie. As one’s income level goes up, so does eating out more often, taking weekend trips and getting together with friends and family, all of which often involve eating in the name of enjoying the occasion.
When all is said and done, it is clear that we live in a culture of grain-convenience. Items made with grain and grain flour have become an integral and even indispensable part of one’s life. The aroma of fresh bread or cookies entices you; the convenience of ready-made products makes your life easier; those cute little bite-size items made with grain-flours of varying properties and smoothness are alluring. Think about it: When was the last time you had a meal that did not include at least one item made with grain or grain flour?
So it makes sense that conjuring up the willpower to resist eating patterns and taste preferences that are decades old in your brain may seem difficult to do. But it can be done. Day by day, resist eating one item made with grains, then two, then three. Soon, you will form new eating preferences. Once you see yourself losing weight and lowering your blood sugar, you will be proud of how easy it is to summon your willpower.
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