Overcoming Overeating – We’re All Stoned on Food

Overcoming Overeating – We’re All Stoned on Food

Today I'm at the Rocky River Nature Center where they have what I call the “Stairway to Heaven” so I'm trying to walk around here and talk to you about the book Over coming Overeating by by Lisa Monroe. I'm through the first couple of chapters and I'm finding it very motivating. Here's why:

1. While I love to break weight loss into small goals (lets focus on losing that next pound instead of the 30 total we need), there are times when we need to look at the big picutre that being overweight casts. Its amazing all the things that are linked to being overweight. Cancer, strokes, high blood pressure, Diabetes, dimentia, and many more.

2. As Type 2 diabetes is increasing so quickly, I thought I'd look into it (and I'm also at a higher risk as my Mother was diabetic) I thought I'd look into this. It turns out that there are certain organs that help pull the sugar out of your blood. The problem is the food we are eating is so high in sugar that it gets tried of hearing the body say, “We need to you catch some sugar.” It hears it so much it can eventually just ignore all the cries for “Here comes some more sugar” and the sugar stays in your bloodstream and makes it thick. In a nutshell it sounds like we are turning our blood into sludge. Becuase our blood is in such bad shape, our chance of heart attack increases by 10.

3. Studies are showing that the chemical reaction in the brain is similar to the reaction you have when you do drugs such as marijuanna. In a nutshell, why do we overeat? Because we want to get high.

4. Throw on top of this EVERYWHERE you go you are bomarded with fast food. I also find it interestng that on one end of the street we have McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, KFC, and Taco Bell. On the other end of the street we have CVS, Wallgreens, Rite Aid and all the other pharmacies.

5. When we come home we turn on the TV and see all the thin people, and becuase we don't look like them we want to feel better so we reach for the comfort foods. This leads to a temporary solution, but a long term problem.

6. In the 1980s microwave ovens came into every household. The question is does the “microwave generation” have a smaller ability to wait for gratification?



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1 thought on “Overcoming Overeating – We’re All Stoned on Food”

  1. I had gotten behind in my listening, but have been catching up this week. Thanks for reviewing this book. It’s on my “to read” list, but I have such a long list, it’s nice to have you read it for me! Keep up the good work.

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