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The differences can be as stark as the two paths above.
We are all equipped with a gauge that measures our appetite. When we are hungry, this appestat turns on and tells us to find food. The appestat is looking for what it is low in- nutrients, vitamins, minerals. The appestat stays on as long as it is still low in nutrients. So if you eat a big bag of potato chips, you don’t satisfy any of those nutrient needs, and the appestat stays on. It tells you that you are still needing food. (Have you even eaten a bag of potato chips and still felt like you needed more - thank your appestat for that one.)
As long as you eat food that is missing essential nutrients, you will feel like you need to keep eating. This is how people can eat so much and say they are just eating enough to get full. Try eating four plates of a substantial salad and see if you’re still hungry. You can’t do it! Your appestat is satisfied after the first plate, and it turns off and says you are done.
Overweight AND Starving??
So the key is what nutrients are in the food, not how much food. You can be very overweight and malnourished at the same time. Read that again. Are we feeding our bodies, or are we just eating food??
Before our vacation, my sister and I made a choice. We hired a chef who would cook heathy, and boy did we luck out. Chi Chi is more than we could have ever asked for. Not only is she a great cook, but she cooks and prepares a mostly vegetable based meal without dairy, sugar and additives such as MSG. Because the food is so nutritious it satisfies sooner and longer.
Add to this cuisine a breakfast of island fruit and lunches of leftover dinner and we are healthy, happy vacationers~
I keep finding articles that show a food awakening. This NY Times article Prescribing Vegetables, Not Pills is one of the latest ( December 3 2014),
It is often assumed that eating well is too expensive, that hiring a chef on vacation would be an exorbitant expense. Au contraire. We've figured out that eating well with Chi Chi is much less expensive than normal vacation eating out. If only I could bring her home.
The chef magnificent: ChiChi and Denise
Find her on facebook: Maranatha Cuisine