Eating: A Socially Acceptable Addiction


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Eating is a socially acceptable addiction.

Thanks to studies done on rats, we humans have learned some valuable lessons about addiction.

Poor rats, we've gotten them addicted to every drug. We do all sorts of studies on them.

And do you know, of all the rats we've ever gotten addicted to cocaine or heroin, when they're given the choice, they choose sugar over both.

And that's AFTER we have already gotten them addicted to cocaine and heroine. They still choose sugar over drugs.

Now we have these amazing brain scans where we can look at what is going on neurologically when people experience certain emotions. Emotions create a chemical process in our brain.

And if we look the dopamine center (which is sort of our seratonine and our endorphin release in the brain) the "happy centers" of our brain are literally identical with most drugs and sugar.woman-snorting-doughnuts

In fact, sugar can sometimes have even stronger responses in our brain then cocaine or heroine.

When we eat sugar we don't seem to have the same crazy side effects on our health as we would if we were on cocaine or heroin (although that's arguable), nonetheless, sugar is just a socially acceptable addiction.

The reason why I'm saying that sugar is a socially acceptable addiction is this:

Let's say that you weigh 300 lbs (or, in other words, you are overweight).

You are at your grandma's house at a family gathering.

You can eat an apple pie right in front of your whole family, and nobody may even say a word to you.

But if you busted out cocaine on that table, everybody is most likely going to have something to say to you!

Both sugar and cocaine will kill you eventually. Maybe not immediately.

(In fact, you might have less of a weight problem if you're addicted to cocaine vs. sugar.)

But both will kill you over time.

And we've made it now socially acceptable to have a sugar addiction.

Alcohol has very similar (as well as some slightly different) effects on your body as sugar.

But from the vantage point of causing you disease and sickness, it definitely affects you the same as sugar.

It is similar in how it causes you to gain weight.

And many of the alcohols today are not really fermented alcohols like they used to be. Many of them are img-salted-caramel-heroall about taste which means they not only have sugar alcohols from the alcohol fermenting, but additional sugar added to add sweet flavors and tastes and things like that to it.

So, alcohols in a general sense can be two-fold sugars, because you're getting the alcohol sugars and you're getting the added sugars in the same product.

(and you should really not drink calories for the most part.)

Alcoholism can also be based on that same response in your brain. You have to recognize that there's a level of addiction that comes from releasing these types of activations in your brain.

So alcoholism is just another form of sugar addiction. It is a disease.

Let's take a moment to recognize that when someone is addicted to sugar, what they need is not so much the sugar, but it is the emotions that they crave.

There has been other studies that we've done on rats (again, poor rats!) where we put them in different types of environments to see how they react.

When we put a rat in a small, closed cell where it doesn't have anything to do, it has nowhere to go, just a little foundation and you give it the choice between regular water and cocaine water (or sugar water), most of the time it's going to go for the cocaine or sugar water.

Now, if you take that rat and you put it in a really beautiful environment and you give it a spinning wheel and it has plenty of room to play and has social interaction with other rats, than most of the time, the rat doesn't go for the drugs or the sugar, it goes for the normal water.

So we have to recognize that it's not necessarily the emotional state and the chemical addiction, it's actually the emotional feeling.

If the rat is happy and has a good place to be and social interaction with other rats, it doesn't have the

desire to fulfill its need elsewhere, and it drinks regular water.

So is putting a drug addict in a jail cell going to solve their problem in any way?

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No, it actually destroys them, and as soon as they get out of jail they're going to crave it even more, because they're not getting good, healthy, social interaction, they're not getting good nutrients, and they're not in a good environment.

But if we put them in a good environment, that's how we really get people to "cure" their addictions.

These are addictions are happening because they're seeking a pleasure center in their brain. They're seeking it through different outlets, besides receiving it the way that we're supposed to as human beings--through good, healthy social interaction and living in a beautiful environment.

So, back to why I am saying that food is a socially acceptable addiction:

It is socially acceptable for you to be unhealthy with your diet and seek it through food.

No matter bad how we feel--physically, emotionally and spiritually--food tastes good.

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Food gives us this temporary, fleeting feeling of "good": enjoyment, taste, sugar, sweetness.

There's this huge emotional component to alot of the diseases that people have, diabetics included, coming from a lack of experiencing "the sweetness of life".

If your life isn't sweet and enjoyable and fun, then you're more likely going to seek it through sugars, candies and cakes.

These foods that give a sweet taste can provide you with a little sweetness in your life. But ultimately you're not actually feeling it and enjoying it normally in your everyday life.

Disease can tell us about what we may be struggling with emotionally, because of the way that our symptoms are manifesting and what we're feeling.

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