Making Food Addictive

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I had another post planned for today, but when I happened to see a blurb on 60 Minutes, that changed.  It’s that important to us; to those with Prediabetes, Diabetes, and those fighting for weight control.  We have to know what we are facing, right?

It’s no surprise that companies enhance their foods with flavorings.  I know – so what?  I put a little salt and pepper on some foods. It makes the food taste better; why shouldn’t they do it?  Because they add more than just a bit of salt and pepper – way more!  And, in addition to making the food taste better, they create a wanting; a need; an addiction to the sugar, salts and fats in the food.  Why do you think a potato chip company created a slogan years ago, “Bet you can’t each just one.”  They knew most folks would lose.

“An addiction?  Phil, you’re going a bit far.”  Really?  Watch and learn.

Interesting?  Surprising?  Shocking?  This takes the War On Diabetes to whole new levels.  This takes the battle for weight loss and control to a new level. Companies are spending millions; no, billions, to get you to not only like their “foods,” they are hoping you will want more and more and more.  And, where does that leave you?  The same place it left me: overweight and diabetic.

Make no mistake, I don’t blame the food companies for where I was.  I made choices; choices to eat and over-eat, which led to Diabetes for me.  I am ultimately responsible.  So, what did I do?  The same thing you may need to do:

Make New Choices.

For me it was a lower carb diet.  I don’t count calories, fats, or sugars.  I count carbs – which are easy to count.  The other change I made was to move a bit away from processed foods.  I am not a vegan.  I do not eat “all natural” foods. I eat a lower carb diet based on what I like, what my family likes, and what I can find in the grocery store. Sure, there were a few changes in the beginning like eating truly whole wheat bread, but I found it really is great for a number of reasons. For me, fighting weight and Diabetes does not mean ordering special foods.  It means eating foods that give me nutrition and eating less than I once did.

Fighting the War On Diabetes is about choices.  Make enough good choices and you win.  Make the choices near automatic and you really win your life back.

You can win.  I know it.  I believe it. You can make new, better choices and Win the War…whatever your war is.

As always, thank you for reading…and, in this case, watching.

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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One comment on “Making Food Addictive
  1. beetleypete says:

    Given the war being waged against cigarette smoking, and the tobacco companies, it appears that governments see no harm in allowing the food giants to carry on adding potentially addictive chemical enhancements to their foods.
    More examples of powerful lobbying, and interested parties in power.
    Well done for bringing this to our attention Phil.
    Regards from England, Pete.

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