Overconsumption and lack of balance is hurting us
Our degree of overconsumption and lack of balance is hurting us. We live in a culture that invites overconsumption. When we visit a local restaurant, we expect our food to reach the circumference of our plates. If that’s not the case, we automatically say, “they don’t give people no food there.”
Clearly the correlation of consumption isn’t only food specific. We have this same approach towards our alcohol consumption as well. We also take alcohol and pair it with the sweetest of mixers that have a definite negative outcome. We forget that we are eating high starch based foods and intaking sugar-laden beverages. We design our body for failure. Additionally, we don’t understand that our plates are always filled with carbs, which breaks down into sugar. Bear in mind sugars don’t only break down into cane or brown sugar and it comes in a plethora of food that we eat. Sugar is an addiction, which is why we can’t seem to stop having it in its many forms on our plate. The “bliss point” is in full satisfactory mode.
Research about the affects of sugar suggests, “The nucleus accumbens is the same part of the brain that is activated by certain drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines, nicotine, and morphine. In other words, the job of food designers is to create foods that hook your brain, just like addictive drugs.”
Now new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine backs that up by demonstrating that sugar has a similar effect on the brain to powerful illegal drugs, and that it can be as addictive as cocaine! Furthermore, they say, cutting out sugar can cause cravings, binges, and withdrawal symptoms — like a drug addict going cold turkey.
If that research isn’t food for thought, then my dear people I think it’s safe to say that we prefer to keep our blinders on about overconsumption and lack of balance.
Our approach to our consumption is something that we as a nation should really take seriously. How do we incorporate balance? Were we ever taught balance as children? I mean the majority of us were told to eat everything off the plate when we were younger. This then correlates over-eating and childhood obesity. It’ll amaze me to know how many kids have high blood pressure and other comorbidities because of forced overconsumption.
Maybe our parents or grandparents didn’t understand proper balance either. We aren’t the smallest nation in the world by any stretch of the imagination. Educating ourselves about the importance of nutrition and applying it towards our daily regime and health of our children would show a great degree of change.
Moving forward, we can teach our young ones the essentials of balance in the long term. No, they shouldn’t have to finish everything on their plate. Allowing their brain to tell them they are full and don’t want anymore is how the body works, and we shouldn’t force them to negate that.
We all have something that we may overindulge in. It’s part of the human factor. We can’t solely live by — it’s there for the taking, so why not right?
Creating balance within your lifestyle not only helps you understand the importance of consumption (again not only food-related) but helps you appreciate and be well aware of the cause and affects of overconsumption.
This goes far beyond eating and drinking. Too much exercise can have negative affects as well — continuous fatigue, lack of sleep, ongoing soreness etc … the key is finding a balance and understanding the importance of that balance.
We all want a long and healthy life. Educating ourselves on the things that we intake should be a crucial part of wanting that long and healthy life.
- Stay positive. Be purely consistent. Achieve more. And go get it! Emilio Bullard is a personal trainer at Balmoral Club. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.