Fat plus sugar equals heaven

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Living Now - - Inner Health Feature -

If our pre­dis­po­si­tion for sugar com­bined with our pre­dis­po­si­tion for fat weren’t enough, the sum of the two is greater than its parts!

A 50:50 ra­tio of fat to sugar stim­u­lates the great­est rush of feel-good en­dor­phins – the ex­act pro­por­tion found in high qual­ity choco­late!

To cut down on nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sug­ars or healthy fats in­def­i­nitely is ask­ing for trou­ble, be­cause as you can see, we are wired to­wards seek­ing them out. The fo­cus ought to be on re­duc­ing nu­tri­tion­ally poor forms of these, such as re­fined sugar, high fruc­tose corn syrup, and trans fats such as those found in con­fec­tionary and some po­tato chips. You can change your tastes if you deem that do­ing so will help you to im­prove your health. As an ex­am­ple, some­one who needs ex­ces­sive amounts of added salt and who also has high blood pres­sure would be a good ad­vo­cate for chang­ing his taste buds. The more salty foods you eat, the more salt you’ll need to en­joy food due to your taste buds adapt­ing to a higher salt con­tent, and then need­ing it for stim­u­la­tion.

Our taste buds have a three-week life­span. Switch to low sodium foods or re­sist the temp­ta­tion to coat your meals in salt and, af­ter three weeks, you won’t reach for salt at ev­ery meal, and very salty food will no longer ap­peal to you. Try it and see! This method also works with sweet and high fat foods, but only if those are things you al­ready have too much of in your diet. This ap­proach will not work if you feel like un­nec­es­sar­ily re­strict­ing a whole nu­tri­ent group to lose weight be­yond your health­i­est, most com­fort­able body weight. Your body is smarter than that. func­tions, in­clud­ing food crav­ings. Want to make sure you’re cov­ered? In­clude fer­mented foods such as sauer­kraut, kim­chi, kom­bucha tea, nat­u­ral yo­ghurt (dairy or non-dairy forms avail­able), and pro­bi­otic and pre­bi­otic sup­ple­ments if nec­es­sary. Al­ways re­fer to your health prac­ti­tioner if you think you’ve got a gut bug im­bal­ance go­ing on.

Be pa­tient. Many of us have lost the abil­ity to sense the won­der­ful range of flavours in whole foods. We can learn to love the taste of al­most any­thing, given time. Re­mem­ber, it takes 10 to 20 ex­po­sures for a child or an adult to ac­cept a new food. Be open-minded and pa­tient with your­self, and treat it as a sen­sory ad­ven­ture into new un­charted and re­ward­ing ter­ri­tory.

Con­sciously choose your value sys­tem.

The more peo­ple learn about whole foods and show con­cern for the other rea­sons for choos­ing nat­u­ral foods – be­sides the pre­sumed ef­fect on weight as sec­ond to taste – the more mo­ti­vated they tend to be to in­clude real, healthy foods. Other val­ues to con­sider in­clude cost, so­cial jus­tice, an­i­mal wel­fare, and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns. In­crease your knowl­edge about where your food comes from and its larger im­pact.

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