Bad Fat! Bad Fat! Stay… Good Fat!
Fat is actually good for you. It is an energy source, insulates your organs, serves as a vitamin carrier, hunger depressor, and is necessary to regulate hormones, and helps with brain development and function. Psychologically the idea of fat can create a huge amount of anxiety based in the need to self protect. For example, individuals who have experienced trauma can become fat hoarders and use the protection that fat provides as a suit of armer to protect them from the pain of the exterior world, says Dr. Laurie. Or people can go the opposite way in which they are so afraid of fat, they actually imagine the fear of weight gain and this can become a living nightmare when they look in the mirror.
So fat is complicated. So lets start with processed foods.
Processed foods are high in trans fat, sugar, and salt. Trans fats are used to increase shelf life and in doing so increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. In their convenience and their chemical composition are a great vehicle for the basis of food addiction with the emotional connection creating a euphoric high that intern can create cravings. Processed foods such as hot dogs, deli meats, fast food burgers, chips, crackers, cakes, doughnuts, cookies, candies, chocolate bars, pop, sports drinks, fancy tea and coffee drinks (like from Starbucks), ice cream, ice cream bars, pizza, rice, pasta, yogurt and granola, and bread and cereals. All are examples of easy package foods, easy to grab, ready made, can be eaten quickly, and can also fool the brain into thinking that all you are doing is filling your hunger but the truth is you are actually comforting yourself emotionally with a euphoric feeling provided by the sugar, salt, and fat, and like with any addiction says to the brain “have more, need more” and this becomes the nasty cycle that controls you.
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