Water, The Fuel of Life
Water makes up more than 60% of our bodies and a whopping 70% of our brain. Bearing this in mind, it is not hard to imagine the vital role it plays in the preservation of our mind, body and soul. Here are a few key facts about water and how it benefits our training goals.
Weight regulation - The importance of hydration can be seen in the fact that water is a very effective hunger suppressant. In fact, it sits right at the peak of the list! The brain does not possess the ability to differentiate between water and hunger. So when you think you are hungry, you might actually just be thirsty instead! If you don’t drink the right amount of water you may be tricked to think its food you’re craving and that’s how the calories start loading up!
Body cleansing - Another benefit of hydration is that when you keep your body hydrated, the water helps flush out all the unwanted pollutants and toxins from the body.  If your body does not possess a sufficient amount of water, the heart will have to bear more strain when pumping oxygenated blood to the heart and the other organs.
Headache prevention - Dehydration is one of if not the most common reason for the onset of headaches. As stated earlier, the brain is primarily 70% water and needs this amount to function properly. This means it is essential to keep hydrated at all times and not make the grave mistake of only drinking water when you feel thirsty!
Digestive health - Water and fiber go hand in hand when it comes to ensuring healthy bowel movements. This culminates into yet another benefit of hydration as water helps raise the metabolism and aids digestion.
Builds immunity - Water is an effective agent helping fight against free radical damage. A plentiful intake of water can help prevent flues, the cold, kidney stones and even heart attacks. This is one major benefit of hydration.
Healthy skin - Water is an essential agent in keeping your skin moisturized, increasing skin elasticity and replenishing skin tissues. All of these important functions can only be fulfilled if the skin is hydrated. Water is your call to hydration!

Water, The Fuel of Life

Water makes up more than 60% of our bodies and a whopping 70% of our brain. Bearing this in mind, it is not hard to imagine the vital role it plays in the preservation of our mind, body and soul. Here are a few key facts about water and how it benefits our training goals.

  • Weight regulationThe importance of hydration can be seen in the fact that water is a very effective hunger suppressant. In fact, it sits right at the peak of the list! The brain does not possess the ability to differentiate between water and hunger. So when you think you are hungry, you might actually just be thirsty instead! If you don’t drink the right amount of water you may be tricked to think its food you’re craving and that’s how the calories start loading up!

  • Body cleansingAnother benefit of hydration is that when you keep your body hydrated, the water helps flush out all the unwanted pollutants and toxins from the body.  If your body does not possess a sufficient amount of water, the heart will have to bear more strain when pumping oxygenated blood to the heart and the other organs.

  • Headache prevention - Dehydration is one of if not the most common reason for the onset of headaches. As stated earlier, the brain is primarily 70% water and needs this amount to function properly. This means it is essential to keep hydrated at all times and not make the grave mistake of only drinking water when you feel thirsty!

  • Digestive healthWater and fiber go hand in hand when it comes to ensuring healthy bowel movements. This culminates into yet another benefit of hydration as water helps raise the metabolism and aids digestion.

  • Builds immunityWater is an effective agent helping fight against free radical damage. A plentiful intake of water can help prevent flues, the cold, kidney stones and even heart attacks. This is one major benefit of hydration.

  • Healthy skinWater is an essential agent in keeping your skin moisturized, increasing skin elasticity and replenishing skin tissues. All of these important functions can only be fulfilled if the skin is hydrated. Water is your call to hydration!
Should Breakfast Be The Start To Everyday?Spent some time with a good friend recently and by the by, the topic of breakfast routines and the lack thereof came into context. I am a creature of some extremely peculiar habits, one being entirely incapable of starting the day without my breakfast. Such is the power of ‘the breakfast’ that woe will surely and most devastatingly betide those that have to deal with me having started the day without my breakfast. It’s my achilles heal and also stems from the fact that I absolutely love mornings. Early mornings to be precise. The prospects within the world seem much more maleable to the workings of my mind when I can channel the sweet energy of the breaking day, wielding the magical cracking beams of sunlight to stroke my canvass of thought for my journeys ahead. Doing this on an empty stomach would be torture. Alas, bringing me to the context of this post -  " Brain scans show that skipping breakfast makes fatty, high calorie foods appear far more attractive later in the day, according to researchers.”Scientific research carried out at Imperial College London tested what goes on in our brains to alter the decisions of what we choose to eat, having skipped breakfast. The test group comprised of twenty one people, all of normal weight. The subjects were shown pictures of high calorie foods while positioned in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to scan their brain activities. The test was carried out on days when the subjects had gone without breakfast and on another when they were all fed a large 730 calorie breakfast an hour and a half before the scans.The scans showed a significant bias created in the brain favouring the high calorie foods when the subjects had missed their breakfasts! The scans showed that the brain changed the way it responded to the pictures of high calorie foods but not low calorie foods when the subjects skipped breakfast. It was shown that the part of the brain thought to be involved in “food appeal” - the orbitofrontal cortex - was more active on an empty stomach.  The reasons for skipping breakfast that was brought up by my friend highlighted the problems that a lot of people face in this fast paced world that we live in… where’s the time?Having a cup of coffee or just a measly bowl of cereal (worse still, a measly bowl of cereal packed with copious amounts of sugar) isn’t enough to recharge our tanks after a good nights sleep. This is why sometimes we may feel equally as hungry within the first hour after breakfast which tends to disturb us at work or at school. Because our metabolism (especially in younger individuals) is at it’s peak in the morning, not eating a full and hearty meal leaves our bodies struggling from a lack of calorific energy; the popular adage of eating breakfast like a king/queen, lunch like a prince/princess and supper like a pauper plays on our declining metabolic rates through the day.Added to this predicament is keeping our bodies primed in the ‘straight and narrow’ of having stable blood sugar levels. If we happen to choose the breakfast overladen with sugar, our blood sugar levels surge then quickly recede, leaving us hungrier sooner and feeling like we can’t hold out past 11am.Here is an article from fitness republic that gives useful tips of how to make easy healthy breakfasts and also outlines the massive advantages gained from starting the day off right!

Should Breakfast Be The Start To Everyday?

Spent some time with a good friend recently and by the by, the topic of breakfast routines and the lack thereof came into context. I am a creature of some extremely peculiar habits, one being entirely incapable of starting the day without my breakfast. Such is the power of ‘the breakfast’ that woe will surely and most devastatingly betide those that have to deal with me having started the day without my breakfast. It’s my achilles heal and also stems from the fact that I absolutely love mornings. Early mornings to be precise. The prospects within the world seem much more maleable to the workings of my mind when I can channel the sweet energy of the breaking day, wielding the magical cracking beams of sunlight to stroke my canvass of thought for my journeys ahead.

Doing this on an empty stomach would be torture.

Alas, bringing me to the context of this post -  
Brain scans show that skipping breakfast makes fatty, high calorie foods appear far more attractive later in the day, according to researchers.”

Scientific research carried out at Imperial College London tested what goes on in our brains to alter the decisions of what we choose to eat, having skipped breakfast. The test group comprised of twenty one people, all of normal weight. The subjects were shown pictures of high calorie foods while positioned in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to scan their brain activities. The test was carried out on days when the subjects had gone without breakfast and on another when they were all fed a large 730 calorie breakfast an hour and a half before the scans.

The scans showed a significant bias created in the brain favouring the high calorie foods when the subjects had missed their breakfasts! The scans showed that the brain changed the way it responded to the pictures of high calorie foods but not low calorie foods when the subjects skipped breakfast. It was shown that the part of the brain thought to be involved in “food appeal” - the orbitofrontal cortex - was more active on an empty stomach.  

The reasons for skipping breakfast that was brought up by my friend highlighted the problems that a lot of people face in this fast paced world that we live in… where’s the time?

Having a cup of coffee or just a measly bowl of cereal (worse still, a measly bowl of cereal packed with copious amounts of sugar) isn’t enough to recharge our tanks after a good nights sleep. This is why sometimes we may feel equally as hungry within the first hour after breakfast which tends to disturb us at work or at school. Because our metabolism (especially in younger individuals) is at it’s peak in the morning, not eating a full and hearty meal leaves our bodies struggling from a lack of calorific energy; the popular adage of eating breakfast like a king/queen, lunch like a prince/princess and supper like a pauper plays on our declining metabolic rates through the day.

Added to this predicament is keeping our bodies primed in the ‘straight and narrow’ of having stable blood sugar levels. If we happen to choose the breakfast overladen with sugar, our blood sugar levels surge then quickly recede, leaving us hungrier sooner and feeling like we can’t hold out past 11am.

Here is an article from fitness republic that gives useful tips of how to make easy healthy breakfasts and also outlines the massive advantages gained from starting the day off right!

THE MOST CATASTROPHIC IMPACT OF JUNK FOODSince the advent of the industrial revolution, the effect of years of abuse to our bodies through the consumption of inexcusable amounts of refined sugars and trans fats has wreaked havoc on our health. You only have to look at the increased rates of cancer diagnoses in society today to begin to understand the gross injustice that has and continues to lay waste to our lives and line the pockets of massive food corporations around the world. In this Nature paper carried out by researchers in the University of Manchester, we are able to review and judge for ourselves, how much harm has been self-inflicted and assess what we must do to prevent the spread of this and other such diseases.Finding only one case of the disease in the investigation of hundreds of Egyptian mummies, with few references to cancer in literary evidence, proves that cancer was extremely rare in antiquity. The disease rate has risen massively since the Industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer – proving that the rise is not simply due to people living longer (David & Zimmerman 2010).Reading through Monday’s issue of the Guardian brought this topic to light once again but with an increased sense of fear and despair. With studies now directly linking one of the causes of Alzheimer’s disease to poor diets, one must really evaluate whether or not the tales of precaution and cynicism towards junk food should be viewed upon with more importance, as well as having stricter legislative measures being put in place by governments (you know…the people that are meant to know better) to curb this epidemic. The article looks at the all too common and unfortunate cases of stigmatism issued towards subjects of obesity and poor diets compared to the topics of alcoholism and drug addiction where a common sense of sympathy is often related when these topics are brought up in society. However, what the author clearly sets out in explaining is that the overall effects of such damaging cases do more harm to the society than meets the eye. One cannot simply ‘snob’ the strain on a government’s need to increase the healthcare budget of the state while cutting back in other departments, say education, transport etc. With some scientists now referring to Alzheimer’s disease as a type 3 diabetes, having attributed one of it’s main causes being down to poor diets (some even going as far as classifying it as a metabolic disease), we as a people need to take responsibility and demand better care being shown to us in what we eat and more importantly, what we are being offered to eat. With little to no regulation on Food and Drink companies, we are subject to countless options of fool’s gold as ‘nutritious’ treats - food with zero nutrients and packed with high levels of sugar, fats, salts and high-fructose corn syrup that bypass the neurological signals that would otherwise prompt people to stop eating. Like the article says, taking on the bullies in this arena is a needed cause to avert the possible epidemic with the fight being issued against both those who mock people for their pathology and those who spread the pathology by peddling a lethal diet.

THE MOST CATASTROPHIC IMPACT OF JUNK FOOD

Since the advent of the industrial revolution, the effect of years of abuse to our bodies through the consumption of inexcusable amounts of refined sugars and trans fats has wreaked havoc on our health. You only have to look at the increased rates of cancer diagnoses in society today to begin to understand the gross injustice that has and continues to lay waste to our lives and line the pockets of massive food corporations around the world. 

In this Nature paper carried out by researchers in the University of Manchester, we are able to review and judge for ourselves, how much harm has been self-inflicted and assess what we must do to prevent the spread of this and other such diseases.

Finding only one case of the disease in the investigation of hundreds of Egyptian mummies, with few references to cancer in literary evidence, proves that cancer was extremely rare in antiquity. The disease rate has risen massively since the Industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer – proving that the rise is not simply due to people living longer (David & Zimmerman 2010).

Reading through Monday’s issue of the Guardian brought this topic to light once again but with an increased sense of fear and despair. With studies now directly linking one of the causes of Alzheimer’s disease to poor diets, one must really evaluate whether or not the tales of precaution and cynicism towards junk food should be viewed upon with more importance, as well as having stricter legislative measures being put in place by governments (you know…the people that are meant to know better) to curb this epidemic. 

The article looks at the all too common and unfortunate cases of stigmatism issued towards subjects of obesity and poor diets compared to the topics of alcoholism and drug addiction where a common sense of sympathy is often related when these topics are brought up in society. However, what the author clearly sets out in explaining is that the overall effects of such damaging cases do more harm to the society than meets the eye. One cannot simply ‘snob’ the strain on a government’s need to increase the healthcare budget of the state while cutting back in other departments, say education, transport etc. 

With some scientists now referring to Alzheimer’s disease as a type 3 diabetes, having attributed one of it’s main causes being down to poor diets (some even going as far as classifying it as a metabolic disease), we as a people need to take responsibility and demand better care being shown to us in what we eat and more importantly, what we are being offered to eat. 

With little to no regulation on Food and Drink companies, we are subject to countless options of fool’s gold as ‘nutritious’ treats - food with zero nutrients and packed with high levels of sugar, fats, salts and high-fructose corn syrup that bypass the neurological signals that would otherwise prompt people to stop eating. 

Like the article says, taking on the bullies in this arena is a needed cause to avert the possible epidemic with the fight being issued against 
both those who mock people for their pathology and those who spread the pathology by peddling a lethal diet.

Step to guide to beating Sugar AddictionThese are tried and tested ways of cutting out the sugar in your diet. I find that step 1 is the most crucial for me. Whether I have to wake up early to cook and prepare my meals each day before I leave my flat or at night before I go to bed always puts me on the right track through the day. Try these out consistently for 2 weeks and watch how your cravings subside drastically.
Meals on time
Eating Fruits
Working Out
Protein & Fats
Water
Check out the full article here, at fitnessrepubilc for a full break down of each point. Very useful and insightful tips!

Step to guide to beating Sugar Addiction

These are tried and tested ways of cutting out the sugar in your diet. I find that step 1 is the most crucial for me. Whether I have to wake up early to cook and prepare my meals each day before I leave my flat or at night before I go to bed always puts me on the right track through the day. Try these out consistently for 2 weeks and watch how your cravings subside drastically.

  1. Meals on time
  2. Eating Fruits
  3. Working Out
  4. Protein & Fats
  5. Water

Check out the full article here, at fitnessrepubilc for a full break down of each point. Very useful and insightful tips!

Cereal bars: The “Healthy” MythOut of the top 30 leading cereal bars, all but ONE were determined to be high in sugar with over half of these containing more than 30% sugar in a study performed by the consumer group Which?It’s scary to think that what is often touted in the media for their ‘great start to the morning’ qualities can contain more sugar than a can of cola and as much fat as cheese! Here are some of the serial cereal offenders
Tracker roasted nut bar (almost a third fat)
Monster puffs (43.5% sugar - ‘great’ for your lunchbox apparently and targeted at kids)
Nutri-Grain Elevenses (nearly 4 tea spoons of sugar)

Cereal bars: The “Healthy” Myth

Out of the top 30 leading cereal bars, all but ONE were determined to be high in sugar with over half of these containing more than 30% sugar in a study performed by the consumer group Which?

It’s scary to think that what is often touted in the media for their ‘great start to the morning’ qualities can contain more sugar than a can of cola and as much fat as cheese! 

Here are some of the serial cereal offenders

  • Tracker roasted nut bar (almost a third fat)
  • Monster puffs (43.5% sugar - ‘great’ for your lunchbox apparently and targeted at kids)
  • Nutri-Grain Elevenses (nearly 4 tea spoons of sugar)

want to lose weight but can’t stop eating? Here’s why..

The Science of Appetite - Beating Overeating

This short two minute video uses science to help explain the causes and reasons as to why we find it hard to just say no to the ‘food’ we all know does more harm than good.

The video highlights the main culprit in the fight against unhealthy living - SUGAR

A quick snapshot into this well-informed article on the do’s, the don’ts, and the for the life of you stay far far away from, in the world of BOOZE.Here are the 7 Deadliest Drinks in no particular order as determined by Maren Robinson, certified nutritional consultant (CNC) and master of public health (MPH).
Mudslide: Ingredients: Vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s, Cream or Ice CreamCutting straight to the chase, this alcohol infused milkshake is a sure fire screw me sideways to diabetes.   “Dairy products in general are high in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. Cream? Excessively so. In fact, Harvard’s New Healthy Plate now recommends only 1-2 servings of dairy per day (the old Food Pyramid recommended 2-3 servings). This is backed up by The China Study, which finds that excess consumption of dairy can have health consequences much more deleterious than merely adding extra calories to your diet,” says Robinson.Verdict:  755 calories, 32 grams of fat (20 of which are saturated), and 80 grams of sugar. It’s basically a very tasty suicide.  
Long Island Iced Tea:Ingredients: Vodka, Tequila, Rum, Gin, Triple Sec, Sweet and Sour Mix, ColaVery much the choice of many a raver trying to find the shortest and quickest way to reach the buzz. Verdict: This all-in-one cocktail carries a heavy 780 calorie price-tag. Add this to the fact that the only thing diluting all that alcohol adds more sugar to your body (click here to find out more about the toxic effects of sugar).   
Bacon infused Bourbon:Ingredients: Bourbon, BaconVerdict: Nitrates are used in bacon (and hotdogs and lunchmeat) primarily as a preservative, but when cooked at a high temperature, they become Nitrosamines, which have been known to cause cancer. Nitrates are also linked to infant methemoglobinemia and to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which can lead to emphysema and other serious lung conditions. 
Sweetened Malt drinks:Ingredients: Horse Piss and EvilCulprits in this category include every bright neon coloured alcho-pop out there - WKD, Smirnoff Ice, Gordon Sparks, Red Square etc. A typical bottle of Smirnoff Ice has 228 calories—and no sugar—yet it coats your tongue with sweetness. That means tons of artificial sweeteners. Verdict: Typical calorie content reaching 660 in a single bottle. 
Piña Colada:Ingredients: Rum, Coconut Cream, Coconut Milk, Pineapple Juice, Ice—BlendedVerdict: A typical Piña Colada has more than 650 calories, which is more than a Big Mac’s 576. 
Eggnog:Ingredients: Brandy, Cream, Eggs, Milk, Sugar, SpicesVerdict:  367.4 mg of cholesterol. That’s 122 percent of your recommended daily allotment. Tack on 13.3 grams of fat, and sugar a-plenty, depending on the recipe. It’s not as bad as the Mudslide, but it certainly enough to turn a holiday belly into a bowl full of jelly. 
Moonshine aka Ogogoro aka Hot Ingredients: Low in sugar, low in calories, extremely high in potent unfiltered alcoholVerdict: This bootleg stuff can kill you, end off.  

A quick snapshot into this well-informed article on the do’s, the don’ts, and the for the life of you stay far far away from, in the world of BOOZE.

Here are the 7 Deadliest Drinks in no particular order as determined by Maren Robinson, certified nutritional consultant (CNC) and master of public health (MPH).

  1. Mudslide: 
    Ingredients: Vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s, Cream or Ice Cream

    Cutting straight to the chase, this alcohol infused milkshake is a sure fire screw me sideways to diabetes.   “Dairy products in general are high in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. Cream? Excessively so. In fact, Harvard’s New Healthy Plate now recommends only 1-2 servings of dairy per day (the old Food Pyramid recommended 2-3 servings). This is backed up by The China Study, which finds that excess consumption of dairy can have health consequences much more deleterious than merely adding extra calories to your diet,” says Robinson.

    Verdict:  755 calories, 32 grams of fat (20 of which are saturated), and 80 grams of sugar. It’s basically a very tasty suicide. 
     
  2. Long Island Iced Tea:
    Ingredients: Vodka, Tequila, Rum, Gin, Triple Sec, Sweet and Sour Mix, Cola

    Very much the choice of many a raver trying to find the shortest and quickest way to reach the buzz.

    Verdict: This all-in-one cocktail carries a heavy 780 calorie price-tag. Add this to the fact that the only thing diluting all that alcohol adds more sugar to your body (click here to find out more about the toxic effects of sugar).  
     
  3. Bacon infused Bourbon:
    Ingredients: Bourbon, Bacon

    Verdict: Nitrates are used in bacon (and hotdogs and lunchmeat) primarily as a preservative, but when cooked at a high temperature, they become Nitrosamines, which have been known to cause cancer. Nitrates are also linked to infant methemoglobinemia and to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which can lead to emphysema and other serious lung conditions.
     
  4. Sweetened Malt drinks:
    Ingredients: Horse Piss and Evil

    Culprits in this category include every bright neon coloured alcho-pop out there - WKD, Smirnoff Ice, Gordon Sparks, Red Square etc. A typical bottle of Smirnoff Ice has 228 calories—and no sugar—yet it coats your tongue with sweetness. That means tons of artificial sweeteners

    Verdict: Typical calorie content reaching 660 in a single bottle.
     
  5. Piña Colada:
    Ingredients: Rum, Coconut Cream, Coconut Milk, Pineapple Juice, Ice—Blended

    Verdict: A typical Piña Colada has more than 650 calories, which is more than a Big Mac’s 576.
     
  6. Eggnog:
    Ingredients: Brandy, Cream, Eggs, Milk, Sugar, Spices

    Verdict:  367.4 mg of cholesterol. That’s 122 percent of your recommended daily allotment. Tack on 13.3 grams of fat, and sugar a-plenty, depending on the recipe. It’s not as bad as the Mudslide, but it certainly enough to turn a holiday belly into a bowl full of jelly.
     
  7. Moonshine aka Ogogoro aka Hot
    Ingredients: Low in sugar, low in calories, extremely high in potent unfiltered alcohol

    Verdict: This bootleg stuff can kill you, end off. 
     

The Healthiest Meal In The WorldAfter thousands upon thousands of nutritional studies, scientists at Leatherhead Food Research group were able to decipher the jargon, refute the bogus claims (Eba and Ogbono make your boobs grow, plantain chips make you jump higher etc.) and came up with the healthiest 3 course meal with every ingredient serving a wonderful and specific purpose, “from Omega 3 fish oils which are good for cholesterol, through protein for muscle mass, to walnuts which contribute to the improvement of the elasticity of blood vessels.”
- Fresh and smoked salmon terrine; high-fiber multi-grain bread roll- Chicken casserole with lentils and mixed vegetables; olive-oil dressed mixed leaf salad- Live yogurt blancmange topped with walnuts and sugar-free caramel sauce
All that tasty goodness, and it doesn’t look half bad. Weekend cooking, here I come :-)Unleash your hidden spark * 

The Healthiest Meal In The World

After thousands upon thousands of nutritional studies, scientists at Leatherhead Food Research group were able to decipher the jargon, refute the bogus claims (Eba and Ogbono make your boobs grow, plantain chips make you jump higher etc.) and came up with the healthiest 3 course meal with every ingredient serving a wonderful and specific purpose, “from Omega 3 fish oils which are good for cholesterol, through protein for muscle mass, to walnuts which contribute to the improvement of the elasticity of blood vessels.”

- Fresh and smoked salmon terrine; high-fiber multi-grain bread roll
- Chicken casserole with lentils and mixed vegetables; olive-oil dressed mixed leaf salad
- Live yogurt blancmange topped with walnuts and sugar-free caramel sauce


All that tasty goodness, and it doesn’t look half bad. Weekend cooking, here I come :-)

Unleash your hidden spark * 

I Eat When I’m Unhappy… Why?I never thought I’d be referencing from from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, but Fat Bastard did say it best, “ I eat because I’m unhappy, and I’m unhappy because I eat. It’s a vicious cycle.”All too common a feeling that we can all attest to. But why?Researchers from Montreal Hospital Research Centre, have been studying brain activity during bouts of repeatedly eating fattening foods. Stephanie Fulton, one of the researchers, explained to EurekAlert: “In addition to causing obesity, rich foods can actually cause chemical reactions in the brain in a similar way to illicit drugs, ultimately leading to depression as the ‘come-downs’ take their toll. We are demonstrating for the first time that the chronic consumption of palatable, high-fat diets has pro-depressive effects.”A fascinating series of experiments were carried out on a set of mice to evaluate their relationship with food and the real and physical changes that occur in their brains. Their findings were published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.The researchers found that After deprivation from their respective food stuffs, mice fed higher-fat diets got more anxious and—in so much as a mouse can be—depressed. They were withdrawn, shied away from open spaces, and made little effort to escape when trapped.
What’s more, their brains were physically altered by the experience. They produced more CREB—a molecule that affects memory formation—and exhibited higher levels of corticosterone, a hormone that is associated with stress.
Since mice and humans share the same dopamine-based reward system, this finding suggests that binging on rich, high-calorie foods causes real, measurable changes in behaviour which only become apparent once food is withdrawn. The obvious—and disastrous—solution, of course, is to carry on eating.Makes you think twice about what type of decisions food manufacturers make in order to sell as much of their products as they can!In the mean time, what we need to do when when we feel that urge to binge and to prevent ourselves from taking the first bite down the slippery slope is to heed to the second part of Fat Bastard’s pearls of wisdom, “I can’t stop eating. I eat because I’m unhappy, and I’m unhappy because I eat. It’s a vicious cycle. Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s someone I’d like to get in touch with and forgive… myself.”That forgiveness is key and gives you the strength that you need to pick yourself up tocontinue on your amazing journey to a better you :-)

I Eat When I’m Unhappy… Why?

I never thought I’d be referencing from from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, but Fat Bastard did say it best, “ I eat because I’m unhappy, and I’m unhappy because I eat. It’s a vicious cycle.”

All too common a feeling that we can all attest to. But why?

Researchers from 
Montreal Hospital Research Centre, have been studying brain activity during bouts of repeatedly eating fattening foods. Stephanie Fulton, one of the researchers, explained to EurekAlert: 

“In addition to causing obesity, rich foods can actually cause chemical reactions in the brain in a similar way to illicit drugs, ultimately leading to depression as the ‘come-downs’ take their toll. We are demonstrating for the first time that the chronic consumption of palatable, high-fat diets has pro-depressive effects.”

A fascinating series of experiments were carried out on a set of mice to evaluate their relationship with food and the real and physical changes that occur in their brains. Their findings were published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

The researchers found that After deprivation from their respective food stuffs, mice fed higher-fat diets got more anxious and—in so much as a mouse can be—depressed. They were withdrawn, shied away from open spaces, and made little effort to escape when trapped.

What’s more, their brains were physically altered by the experience. They produced more CREB—a molecule that affects memory formation—and exhibited higher levels of corticosterone, a hormone that is associated with stress.

Since mice and humans share the same dopamine-based reward system, this finding suggests that binging on rich, high-calorie foods causes real, measurable changes in behaviour which only become apparent once food is withdrawn. The obvious—and disastrous—solution, of course, is to carry on eating.

Makes you think twice about what type of decisions food manufacturers make in order to sell as much of their products as they can!

In the mean time, what we need to do when when we feel that urge to binge and to prevent ourselves from taking the first bite down the slippery slope is to heed to the second part of Fat Bastard’s pearls of wisdom, “I can’t stop eating. I eat because I’m unhappy, and I’m unhappy because I eat. It’s a vicious cycle. Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s someone I’d like to get in touch with and forgive… myself.”

That forgiveness is key and gives you the strength that you need to pick yourself up tocontinue on your amazing journey to a better you :-)