I’M NOT SUGGESTING ANYONE GO TO THIS LEVEL OF EXTREME, HOWEVER, UNDERSTANDING THE CONCEPT MIGHT HELP YOU OVERCOME FOOD CRAVINGS AND ADDICTIONS RESULTING IN HEALTHIER WEIGHT OUTCOMES.
What makes food so appealing? It comes down to THREE simple things:
If we could remove these three components, why would people overeat? In most cases, they wouldn’t! The experience would no longer satisfy the visual and sensory stimuli and would reduce eating to a mandatory functional activity.
How can we accomplish this?
What if we could wear some type of eye covering (ex. non prescription sunglasses in a dark environment) that would distort our ability to identify food on a plate. We could still see food on the plate; we just wouldn’t be able to identify what it was.
What if we could wear a small apparatus that could effectively reduce our ability to breathe through our nose during a meal (similar to the concept of nose plugs for swimming?) This would neurologically alter our perception of SMELL
and lastly, TASTE.
AS CRAZY AS THIS IDEA SOUNDS, IT WOULD WORK!
Even if we knew what we were eating, our emotional RESPONSE to these foods would change. On a VOLUNTARY cognitive level we would experience disappointment in the lack of taste and flavor (from the lack of ability to smell the food.) On an INVOLUNTARY autonomic level, hormones would NO LONGER be stimulated reducing cravings for these food choices. As we begin mixing healthy meals and unhealthy meals, our inability to taste the difference would dissipate. The end result would be:
Food would no longer satisfy a “short term fix” for emotional anger and/or discomfort.
Food would no longer be seen as an important source of pleasure.
Weight reduction WOULD OCCUR.
Health would IMPROVE because healthy and unhealthy food would share a similar “taste.”
Instead, people would be able to CHOOSE HEALTHY ACTIVITIES IN LIFE to satisfy lifestyle needs and desires creating greater levels of personal HAPPINESS. This would replace UNHEALTHY FOOD CHOICES AND ENVIRONMENTS that encourage SELF DESTRUCTIVE behavior.
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT THAN DIETING?
This approach alters our mind and our perception of food on a physiological level as well as an emotional level. As we reinforce the concept that healthy food and unhealthy food TASTE and LOOK SIMILAR, we correct the hormonal imbalances creating the cravings that overtake our ability to control behavior.
Why eat UNHEALTHY if it doesn’t satisfy appearance, smell and taste? Most people would probably lose their incentive.
Why eat HEALTHY if it doesn’t satisfy appearance, smell and taste? As people begin experiencing the physical, mental and emotional benefits they will become motivated to live and enjoy a better quality of life.
This approach requires NO SURGERY, NO MEDICATIONS, NO STARVATION TACTICS. It addresses the physiological causes while partially addressing the emotional ones. Additional strides toward restoring emotional balance could be achieved by finding one’s PASSION(S) and PURPOSE(S) in life and living a quality of life CHOSEN.
The natural tendency is to look for reasons why this approach will FAIL. We all have the POWER to make anything in life FAIL if we choose. I suggest a more optimistic approach. Be creative; come up with ideas that you can use to create the template I’ve laid out. Come up with creative methods that alter your ability to recognize the food you’re eating. Come up with creative methods to alter your ability to detect the smell of food (which in turn, will alter its taste.)
FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU!
As people perceive you WEIRD and likely LAUGH at this idea, you will have discovered a method to achieve a healthier weight while slowly transitioning to a healthier overall lifestyle. As you begin enjoying the BENEFITS of HEALTHY LIVING you will notice a change in people’s ATTITUDES. Those who LAUGHED at you and previously thought you STRANGE, will suddenly stare in amazement at your SUCCESS. ENVY will replace LAUGHTER! Those with low self esteem will continue searching for other areas of weakness to bring you DOWN to their level of UNHAPPINESS.
ANYONE CAN LAUGH, POKE FUN AND HURT OTHER PEOPLE.
IT’S THE PERSON THAT DISCOVERS THEIR HUMBLING SMILE AS THEY SUCCEED ON THIS JOURNEY; THE PERSON THAT REJOICES IN SHARING HIS OR HER SKILLS AND TALENTS TO BENEFIT OTHERS, WHILE SEEKING NOTHING IN RETURN
WHO WINS IN THE END!