I have made the choice to eat healthy and
exercise learning from past mistakes, not making a permanent change. In Dr.
Dean Ornish’s audiotapes “Simple Changes” he speaks on the subject of making
changes and the feeling of deprivation. He is the author of “Reversing Heart
Disease” in which the diet is vegetarian in helping to reverse heart disease.
Dr. Ornish believes that conventional wisdom may be need rethinking and changes
in lifestyle and diet needs to be a rapid rather than slow changes as not to leave
you feeling deprived. He continues to explain your palate will change if you
remove meat altogether, but if you just cut back and eat less meat, you will
continue to have the taste for it. Another good example is skim milk, cutting
back and drinking some whole milk and some skim milk. The skim milk never taste
good until you stop drinking the whole milk. After getting use to the skim and
then drinking the whole milk it taste greasy and heavy, the palate changed.
I am finding that to be true in the case of sweets and
refined carbohydrates also. Of all the previous times I lost weight only to
regain it, my palate never changed. I would use artificial sweeteners that
kept my cravings and sweet tooth going. To eliminate all artificial sweeteners
including diet soft drinks has made a huge difference in controlling my
appetite eliminating cravings, binges, and compulsive over eating.. Never before concentrating on my blood sugar level and not understanding how insulin was helping me store fat.
Insulin regulates the blood sugar level and is a powerful
fat storing hormone. It converts the excess glucose (blood sugar) into
triglycerides (blood fat) and stores this fat in your fat cells.
Processed/refined carbohydrates trigger the release of an excessive amount of
insulin because they breakdown to quickly and raise your blood sugar to fast.
This causes a drastic drop in your blood sugar leaving you with low blood sugar
leading to cravings, binges, and compulsive over eating. This spike and crash
leaves you fat, tired, and hungry. A few examples would be, cakes,
cookies, candy, all sugars and foods with high sugar content, white rice, sugar
filled cereals, and any food that has white flour in it. So with the insulin
factor you get a triple whammy: (1) you already store fat easily with the
abnormal number of fat cells, if you are obese, (2) If you are eating lots of
processed carbohydrates the insulin factor is helping to store fat, (3) the
processed carbohydrates are high in calorie and probably fat also.