I want you to ponder a little about the beautiful experience of living without this crazy urge for food all the time. My aim of this book is not to tell you what to eat or how much you are supposed to eat, as I am not a nutritionist. My aim is to draw your attention to be more alert towards what you eat because the right selection of food is your first line of
In our human history, we have never experienced such a time where the food is abundant and obtainable in such the way as it is now. In fact, we have become eating machines. We do not eat to live anymore, but we live to eat. Our culture has become full of occasions that we directly connect to food consumption. You name it: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, Passover, Ramadan feast (Eid), Ramadan itself, Adha Eid in Muslims tradition, etc.
Most family gatherings are centered on food consumption in one way or another. Our predilection with food becomes phenomenal. We love to eat; we establish all possible rituals that lead us to consume plenty of food all the time without even thinking about whether we are really hungry.
We create an ongoing environment that invites us to gulp food. Giants food and beverages corporations surround us by intoxicating artificial food aromas, cooking TV programs, delicious recipes, endless fast-food chains, the culture of indulging in baked food/sweets/donuts, giant street images of food dishes, fatty food, starchy food, juice, Coca Cola, Pepsi, beer, large/double burgers, combo orders, big sizes of fast food, “extra size it” French fries and more. Food manufacturers add artificial colors, aromas, flavors, and taste to our kids’ food so they can be addicted to the taste, smell and shape. They fake the flavor via all these foods science and marketing tricks to get customers to try all the fake foods on hypermarkets shelves. When all these influences are mixed together, we end up eating high carbs, high protein, high sugar, high fructose, high fructose corn syrup, and high fat food altogether in one table.
Moreover, we sentimentalize food in our movies by squeezing many scenes within the scenario of:
Family gathering around a nice dining table full of food.
A couple going out to have dinner or lunch in a fancy restaurant.
Business meetings around the food table.
And, while watching movies, joy can’t be completed without a huge popcorn and giant Cola! You see scenes of food in your real-life, social media and on TV maybe over 10 times a day, which turns on your desire to try all these food varieties. In addition, thanks to modern transportation, that enables us to find any kind of food at any time of the year regardless of its planting and harvest times. If you live in a hot country where the temperature reaches 105 f in summer, you still can eat salmon comes to you directly from Alaska. The opposite is true, if you live in Alaska, you can get mango, papaya, and pineapple coming to your table from Sri Lanka or the Philippines 365 days a year.
In addition, we also get the wrong nutritional advice. Our nutritionists keep us in a continuous feeding state by recommending eating three meals a day along with a couple of snacks. We have even invented another name for a meal between breakfast and lunch “brunch!”
Continuous feeding vs controlled feeding is another example, parallel to the diabetes example, where going the opposite direction of mainstream advice, makes a big difference. Rather than feeding into this constant appetite as suggested by nutritionists, I am talking about the use of fasting. Intermittent fasting is a major approach used by many throughout the ages. Dr. Jason Fong uses this approach in reversing T2 diabetes. In other words, the reduction of food consumption along with better choices of food will play a vital role in your diabetes management. While Dr. Fung, mainly talks about type 2 diabetes, intermittent fasting shows fruitful results with insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes as well.
Remarkably, many people with diabetes and even non-diabetics (especially overweight ones) have an increased appetite for food. Their brain no longer receives the satiety signal to stop the continuous desire for eating. Most likely, this happens because of “Leptin resistance”.
In one study included newly diagnosed sixty T2 patients, found that hyperleptinemia, reflecting leptin resistance and lead to insulin resistance.[i] In fact, both lead to each other.
From my new book “From 10 to 5, My Journey With Diabetes”
[i] Moonishaa TM, Nanda SK, Shamraj M, Sivaa R, Sivakumar P, Ravichandran K. Evaluation of leptin as a marker of insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Int J App Basic Med Res [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Jan 17];7:176-80. Available from: http://www.ijabmr.org/text.asp?2017/7/3/176/212959