Why You Overeat - Healthy Living Lesson

Uploaded by BiblicalHealthTV on 06.06.2012

We’re raised in a culture where if you have a crying baby, the first thing you do is stick
a bottle in their mouth. We quickly associate discomfort and eating. If you can shut the
kid up long enough everything will be okay. That is how we were raised. I was raised that
way. I’m sure you were all raised that way. So, you have this idea that food is associated
with discomfort or satisfaction or boredom of some sort. You have this desire.
Now, a newborn, or a very young child doesn’t have abnormal urges. They have normal cravings.
But when you satisfy a normal craving with something abnormal, especially if it can artificially
trick the body into thinking it got what it needed, you start creating addictions. It
would be completely natural for a three year old to crave a banana; but it is not natural
at all for a three year old to crave chocolate chip cookies. But there are certain elements
in a chocolate chip cookie that mimic what the banana does. And what the body of a child
unconsciously learns is that when they have this feeling, this will satisfy the need.
Now, you can think about what has happened to you in your life over twenty, thirty or
forty years and know, “wow, that is why I have that desire.” There is no natural
urge for a chocolate bar. There is none. But, you have actually caused your body to substitute
what is wrong for something that is good.
So, there are two driving forces in hunger. I will make this very simple. With thirst,
there is only one thing that can satisfy your thirst. And what is that again? Water. And
there are only two driving forces in hunger. You know there are countless thousands of
choices you can make every day. But there are only two driving forces. You are either
in the mood or have the desire for something _______, or something _______. What do you
think that is? Think about your own desires. Think about the example I used before. Something
sweet, that is one. Someone said, “Spicy.” I will answer that question and someone said
“salty.” There are the two driving forces in human nutrition and that is it. Sweet and
salty. Every single thing you put into your mouth fits into one of those categories. Even
if it doesn’t taste sweet, or doesn’t taste salty. Those are the two driving forces.
Now, think about the great American tradition, Thanksgiving. What is the typical Thanksgiving
meal look like? There is a lot, right. So you have lots of stuff depending on where
you were raised. There is usually turkey, lasagna, or fish, and many trimmings, the
stuffing, cranberry sauce and all sorts of vegetables. How many of you have ever overeaten
on Thanksgiving? Every one, okay. And, you’re sitting there and you have said something
to the effect, “Oh, I can’t eat anything else, I’m just gonna…oh, I feel so sick.
Oh, pumpkin pie! Oh, cheesecake!” And then the seven different types of pies come out
and you say, “Well, you know, I don’t want to rip myself off, I want to try a little
bit of all of them.” So, of course, you loosen the belt one notch, take a visit to
the bathroom and you come back and go for Round Two.
This is usually what happens. Now, it sounds kind of crazy, but Americans eat like that
almost daily. There is a reason for it. Their cravings switch back and forth so quickly,
they have the drive for something salty which is met in the beginning part of their meal
and they’re still missing something at the end. “Wow, I just ate 6,000 calories of
food but where is the sweet stuff?” It’s at the end. If you grow up in an Italian home,
how does it look? You have the salad and the pasta, the meat and vegetables, and then when
you can’t eat any more, they bring out the melon, right? How many of you have ever seen
that in an Italian home? It happens all the time, the melon comes out at the end. Do you
know when the worst time to eat melon is? After a meal!
But, that is the way we are raised. So, you have a desire to eat something sweet or something
salty. You have to make that decision what it is that you’re actually looking for.
The first thing you have to decide is: am I hungry? Many of you think that just because
the alarm clock went off in the morning that it’s food time. Why? Well, you know my last
meal was eight hours ago. I can’t possible go another minute without food. The alarm
clock goes off and the first thing on your mind is food. And after that, you wait another
four hours and you have another meal.
You will have to practice….at the end when I teach you about it, you will practice what
hunger feels like. One question you will have to ask yourself is what am I actually in the
mood for? Am I in the mood for something salty or something sweet? You will have to train
your body to take in what actually meets the body’s need and not the substitute that
you learned.
Let’s give an example: you tell me. A banana: do you think the banana is a good food for
a human? Yes. Does everyone agree with that? Yes. Do you think that a Publix cake is good
for humans, or a chocolate bar? No. But, why is it that the same desire can be fulfilled
by eating one versus the other. What happened at some point, you learned to substitute the
artificial sugar in any kind of pastry, cake, cookie or ice cream or something artificially
sweetened for the body’s real need. Then the body says, Oh, yes, sugar, that’s it;
that will do it. But, the body comes to the realization very quickly that that was a counterfeit,
that is not going to work, it is missing things and the desire quickly kicks back on again.
That is why Americans overeat so much. They never actually satisfy true hunger. What they
are doing is substituting something artificial for what they really need and they have to
quickly go back to get something else. Then you’ll find yourself at midnight standing
in front of the refrigerator wondering if you ate that day. And, the truth is, you didn’t.
You went through the entire day and tricked your body into thinking it got what it needed,
but it never did. So you will have to retrain your body in the reverse