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         Why do we overeat?


Overeating is a survival instinct Homo sapiens acquired countless millennia ago. Our distant ancestors had to overeat when food was available because they never knew when they would find food again.

For most of us, today, acquiring food is a simple task: Food stores everywhere, some open all night. Restaurants of all kinds--family style, fast food, deli, ethnic, steak houses, and
pizzerias.

Food vending machines everywhere except in the Lincoln Memorial. Well-stocked refrigerators, freezers, and pantries in many homes. Automobiles to drive to an all-night market if someone in the family has a craving for Butter Pecan at 2:00 AM.

But, there was a time in the far-distant past when obtaining food was a daily, full-time job. Our ancient forebears spent
every day of their short lives (estimated to be about 35 years)  in an unending search for food.

Farming and herding livestock had not yet been invented. The only food the first humans had was whatever edibles grew wild; whatever they could find when they turned over logs and rocks (as modern military-survival training teaches); fish they could impale on pointed sticks; and clubs for killing small animals (hunting implements with flint or obsidian points were thousands of years in the future).

Obtaining food was not an easy task 200,000 years ago; and, it was hazardous because of having to be constantly alert for bigger predators also seeking sustenance.

Is it surprising our distant ancestors became hard-wired to
overeat when food was available---since they never knew when they would eat again?

So, what can we do curb our ingrained (hard-wired) instinct
to overeat? 

The answer is we have to learn to eat smarter:

(1) Eat "real foods"---not "processed" foods such as lunch meats, hot dogs, or sausages; not boxed, packaged, or frozen  dinners; not canned soup, meat, sausage, stew, or pasta.

"Real food" is fresh vegetables and legumes (peas, beans, lentils, peanuts, and chickpeas); fresh fruit; fresh meat, poultry, and fish; nuts; and certain raw seeds including 
uncooked sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

Use fresh meat only. "Processed" meat items may be convenient, but they are not as high-quality meat products as
the fresh or cured meat you see in your store's meat cases. 

"Processed" meat products can be combination of different parts, and internal organs, of the animal, plus difficult-to-pronounce chemical compounds. You never know what's in a can or jar or casing or package of "processed" meat. You don't want to know! Avoid, or reduce your use of processed meat products.

Avoid all fried foods; they are detrimental to your good health. This includes fried chicken, french fries, doughnuts, potato chips, and corn chips. Even foods fried in "good" mono-
unsaturated and polyunsaturated fat (which will not clog up your blood vessels) will cause weight gain.

Avoid soda pop because it is, unquestionably, the worst beverage you can drink. Enter "soda pop" in your browser. Note what all authorities say on the subject. Soda pop not only has no nutritional value, it is actually detrimental to your health.

Do not be deceived by soda pop advertised as "low calorie." The bottlers are not lying to you; there are many brands of "low-calorie" and "no-calories" soda pop on the market. But low-calorie or no-calorie soda pop---it makes no difference--- because ALL soda pop will do your body more harm than good.

 (2) The best way to control overeating (our hard-wired, survival instinct) is to stop eating and leave the table before you are "full." If you feel "cheated" because you stopped eating before you were full, don't be. Because within a half-hour or so you will no longer be hungry.

For some strange reason our brain does not tell our stomach when we are "full" until it is too late---until we have overeaten. Perhaps it is our ancient "hard-wired" survival instinct kicking in that won't let us stop eating until we have overeaten. Again, stop eating before you feel "full" because in a short time you will no longer be hungry. And, in a few weeks you will have lost several pounds!

 (3) How many  meals a day? Answer: Growing children, working people, women with children and homes to take care of, and other active people may need three meals a day, plus healthy snacks. But, most older, less active people can easily get by with three smaller meals a day, plus snacks. Or, maybe just two meals a day, and snacks.  Problem is we get used to three meals a day plus snacks, and can't seem to shake that habit as we get older and are no longer as active as formerly.

(4) Drink several glasses of water every day because it flushes out your digestive system. Water is also a refreshing drink, and, next to fresh-squeezed (not cans, bottles, or cartons) vegetable juice and fruit juice, is the healthiest beverage you can drink.   

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A few other good ideas:

After grocery shopping go directly home (especially in HOT weather) and place your refrigerated and frozen food items in their respective refrigerator storage areas. You would not believe how quickly milk sours (studies have shown) in hot  weather.

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Sleep is important. The experts tell us 7 to 9 hours is optimal. Sleep is no longer considered a nuisance we must endure because we are too tired to continue our day's activities. Experts now tell us sleep clears and regenerates our brain for the next day's activities, and is much more important than was formerly thought. 

Experts believe that many auto, bus, train, boat, and plane crashes are the result of the person at the controls "falling
asleep at the wheel." Drivers, captains, and pilots are responsible for the well-being of their passengers. They must
take their responsibility seriously by getting a good nights sleep before getting in the driver's seat of their vehicle.   

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Exercise is important for several reasons: It burns up excessive caloric intake, tones our body, and helps keep our digestive tract clean. Sluggish, inactive people rarely have clean digestive tracts. However, not everyone can exercise because their physical condition may be such that exercise could do them more harm than good. Only your physician is qualified to tell you how much, and what kind of exercise, is best for you.

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How could you fail to look and feel better when you follow these simple steps?

The "old you" may not have known about, or paid much attention, to "smart eating." But, that was the "old you." The "new you" knows the only way you are going to achieve your goal of looking and feeling good is by "smart eating" (eating
"real food").



Next, a sensible solution:

                old you, new you




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