Often times my article research for fitbie.com demands that I speak to a professional. Even when the piece calls for a CPT (certified personal trainer) which I am by the way – I have to speak with someone else. In fact, the last time I quipped to my editor about an article on marathon tips saying “Aren’t I expert enough on this subject after running 5 of them?” she emailed me the advice from Olympian Deena Kastor. Yeah. I keep my mouth shut now and stay in my little pond.
So when I began work on a feature article on weight-loss, I was set-up to speak with Dr. Pamela Peeke. I had never heard of the good doctor but, when I checked out her web site I quickly realized that I may be the only one. The first thing to grab my attention was the picture of her and Dr. Oz. Doesn’t everyone have that on their site? Then there was her book promotions on the now defunct The Katie (Couric) Show, ABC Nightline and countless other magazine promos in Prevention, MORE and Women’s Health. Wow. Ok.
The day of the phone interview, a call came in on my phone from Malibu, CA with a message that she was filming in L.A. and wouldn’t be able to chat until the following day, when she got off the red eye. Luckily because I too was caught up getting a bikini wax and my aesthetician had to check my phone. Awkward. In many ways.
When I finally was able to talk with the doctor, I had to do it with my kids in the car. You can see where this is going, right? Oh the things work-at-home-moms have to do! I
berated talked to the boys repeatedly that mommy had an important call for work and they needed to watch their movie (with headphones on!) and be absolutely quiet when I was on the phone. That lasted about 3 minutes. I then had to get out of the car with my phone, note pad and pen in the RAIN and have the conversation like that. It will be a miracle if I don’t misquote her in this article! Did I mention I was in the parking lot a their doctor’s office because they had an appointment right after my call? I’m surprised my pediatrician didn’t call DCF. Anywhoo…
researching reading the articles on Dr. Peeke’s web site, I found some very interesting information she complied for her new book called The Hunger Fix. Now, I’m not trying to sell any books for her – you all know me better then that. But, when I see something that makes so much sense (especially from a doctor on weight-loss!) I just have to share.
The Hunger Fix talks about food as an addiction. This has been much debated, hot topic among doctors and scientists when trying to get to the bottom of why Americans are so fat (to put it bluntly). Dr. Peeke happens to believe (and has the proof to back it up) that people can have food addictions and, therefore, should be treated psychologically as well as physically.
The article that caught my eye was in The New York Times titled Craving An Ice Cream Fix and these quotes in particular that resonated:
“Food addiction seems to be linked to the types of foods we’re consuming.” Dr. Kelly D. Brownell, director of Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, notes that the human body is “biologically adapted to deal with foods found in nature, not processed foods.”
“We don’t abuse lettuce, turnips and oranges,” says Dr. Brownell, co-editor of the new book “Food and Addiction.” “But when a highly processed food is eaten, the body may go haywire. Nobody abuses corn as far as I know, but when you process it into Cheetos, what happens?”
Really, this is not saying anything “new” but the way it’s being said may be more relatable to people who are not quite “getting it” when it comes to healthy eating. If you’ve ever had a conversation with a teenager about why McDonald’s food has zero nutritional value, then you can understand.
It’s really just another great reason to try and eat whole foods most of the time and develop healthy cravings. The more you’re body gets used to the taste of real food (think shopping the perimeter of the grocery store) the better off you will be.
Plus, don’t you want to outsmart the big corporations who purposely concoct the perfect balance of salt, fat and sugar to hook you? Another great book written on that subject is conveniently called Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss. The testing companies like General Mills do with kids to get the “sweet point” is insane.
Lastly, and then I will step down from my soapbox, there was this article from Medical News Today stating that 37 million deaths could be prevented by reducing six risk factors. Wanna guess what those are?
The four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are cardiovascular disease, cancers, respiratory disease and diabetes. The six modifiable (meaning you can avoid them!) risk factors: smoking, alcohol abuse, salt intake, high blood pressure, sugar and obesity. How do you get obese? By eating a diet high in salt, sugar and fat! Could it be any clearer? I think not.
If actual death isn’t motivation enough to change your eating habits, what the hell is?
The moral of this story is – if you’re going to be addicted to something, why not have it be good for you? Now go out there and get yourself a healthy addiction like running or lettuce!
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What do you think about food addiction?
Have you ever had to take an important call in ridiculous circumstances?