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Four Steps to Hunger Control
Axiom Number Two: Hunger Control
Trying to lose weight without understanding how to controlyour hunger -impossible. Probably the main reason so manydiets fail is because they ignore hunger. Hunger is one ofthe human's strongest drives, right up there with procreationand survival. Diets that attempt to restrict calories by controlling portion sizes are almost universally failures.All the positive imagery in the world will not stop yourhunger, even for a nanosecond. Hunger is just like a river.You can dam it up for a while, but it will eventually spill over and occasionally "burst" the dam itself.
The first and most important step in controlling your hungeris to feed your body what it is hungry for, not a big gulpat the local convenience mart. All the food in most largecommercial grocery stores, fast food restaurants and convenience marts is not what you need to turn off your appetite. The only way you can even begin to shut down your hunger is to feed the body complete foods. Here in America that means organic whole foods.
As man evolved, he did not have convenience marts and fast food on every corner. Today, the biochemistry of man is still anachronistically Neanderthal, while on every corner are heavily processed foods that the biochemistry of the humanis not prepared to process. Incomplete foods rob the bodyof precious minerals and micronutrients. Whole foods, on the other hand, are complete and add these preciousnutrients back to the body. Processed sugar is a good exampleof how the biochemistry of the human has not evolved while the food industry has figured out ways to process almost every known food substance. It's no wonder that today we have so much cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Hunger control step number one
Eat at least one whole food and organic meal a day. Whether you prepare this from the MericleDiet, which makes it very easy to have good whole food vegan sugar-free meals on shortnotice, or you prepare these meals yourself, makes nodifference. Your body needs some whole foods. Once you have established a routine of at least one whole food organic meal a day, you can start working on the rest of your hunger control.
Hunger control step number two
This is one of the most important and "difficult" steps to accomplish. You have to stop or at least really restrictsimple sugars (as we have recently covered). Why is this soimportant? Simple sugars like sucrose, honey and high fructosecorn syrup, deliver huge loads of fructose and glucose at the same time. Not only can the human biochemistry not handlethis as you all know by now, but they are very "addicting"chemicals. If you can't stop your sugar habit, you will neverbe able to really control your hunger. This is extremely critical to ever regaining control of your hunger, your weightand the well being of your immune system.
Hunger control step number three
Understand that you will get hungry. This may happen both before your main meal of the day as well as after it. Be prepared. Stock your refrigerator with "healthy snacks." Organic carrot sticks in water work for me. I come back froma run hungry, reach in the refrigerator and out come the carrot sticks. Peppers work well this way, celery orany other organic veggies. Keep large amounts of prepared salads ready as they make a great snack that is verylow on the glycemic index. Whatever works for you, keep a good supply on hand, including fresh fruits such as applesand bananas. For myself, being the potato chipaholic (I've beento Potato Chips Anonymous many times), it took some practice.Now, I don't even reach for the potato chip bag, I go straight for the carrots, even if there is a bag of chipson top of the refrigerator.
Hunger control step number four
Learn to think in percentages. Controlling your hungeris a huge project. I think it is actually more difficult forthose of us who are adult onset diabetic or pre-diabetic. Understand that you will fail, more initially than later on.Most people just can't stop bad eating habits overnight. This is an ongoing work-in-progress and will be for the restof your life. Don't ever get down because you failed, juststrive to do better the next time. It is too easy to fail,and then just give up all together. Initially you may failtwo or three times a day, but keep eating that one whole food organic meal a day. Soon you will be failing two orthree times a week, and be a whole lot healthier. You willnever be perfect, but as long as your weight and health arewhat you want them to be, you can go out and enjoy the ambience of pizza and beer or some great Mexican food -andnot "worry" about it.
I would like to leave you with this quote from one of mydaughters, Danielle. You may cast a jaundice eye my directionfor using one of my own family as an endorsement. Let mequickly dispell any thoughts of that, as in our family, itis extremely difficult to even get noticed, much lesssome positive words.
In a lot of ways it comes down to your old saying,"balancing getting through the day with getting through your life." There actually is a balance if you can find it. For example, last night we made a big Mexican feast for friends. I made a Mexican rice that required long grain white rice, which I know isn't good. I alsomade chili rellenos which, although thankfully had no eggs, had quite a bit of cheese. But because I had eatenmostly brown rice, beans, and steamed veggies all week, Icould easily eat that meal last night without worryingabout it. Knowing what to avoid and then when you canget away with it -is the key.
Thanks for your time.
Copyright © John Mericle M.D. 2005 All Rights Reserved
The MericleDiet is the clear and easy path to that oneorganic sugar-free whole food meal a day. To visit the MericleDiet follow the link below.
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