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Another reason for a potential setback is that we have an attachment to a behavior that we’re doing. That behavior connects us to something that we find important, something in which we find safety and protection. We have to do psychological work to unravel ourselves from any attachments that don’t serve us.
Hey friends, please think about the problems the things that are listed here cause. Processed and refined sugar are problematic. And it’s prevalent in cakes, candies, cookies, muffins, sodas, ice cream, energy drinks, sports drinks, and condiments such as ketchup and relish. Although no one should judge you or what you do with food, you can judge yourself in the context of your desire to improve.
Be very careful with the word “addiction.” It’s a title, and it can also be a trap. It definitely can be used to describe a problem, but it could also create one.
I am a stickler for using the right words to explain something, especially when I’m explaining something to myself. I prefer the word “dependency” because it’s less scary. We can make progress with helping people with a dependency on alcohol, drugs, or any other destructive substance or behavior. But just the sound of the word “addiction” sounds so negative and offensive that it takes positive energy away from solving the problem.
Poor eating practices and impure and adulterated food cause incalculable damage to the human race. Those things are a primary factor in deaths caused by a myriad of diseases and are linked to mass starvation. These statements may seem incredibly insensitive and hard to accept, and I don’t take pleasure in writing them. But unfortunately they’re true. Both as individuals and as a society we must change how we produce, process, and consume food products. We ignore the information about our misdeeds regarding these practices at our own peril and the peril of others.
The majority, if not all, of our calories should come from plants in the form of fruits, vegetables, nuts, sprouts, seeds, roots, herbs, spices, fungi, etc. There are more than 20,000 edible plants that contain every nutrient we need. If a nutrient is not available from the plant kingdom, the human body does not need it.
There’s a difference, though, when you eat an apple, banana, orange, or plum. The sugar in the food isn’t concentrated, and the food is pure. It contains vitamins, minerals, water, antioxidants and other substances that are vital to the immune system. You can’t live without those compounds. And if you stay away from fruit and starchy vegetables, you’ll also be depriving healthy cells of needed sugar for energy, which they need to perform their various functions.
Are we chasing material possessions because we really think that we need them? Probably yes, at least in the moment. Are we chasing bad chemistry in our bodies and trying to make it feel better? Sometimes. Are we chasing cravings that need to be answered? Oftentimes.
Deep deep inside, aren’t we all just chasing the connection to a feeling of wholeness? That feeling was lost when the umbilical cord was cut. And the memory is there. Each and every day that followed, we either kept the connection going or we looked for a distraction.
Addiction is one end of a spectrum of possible ways of thinking. The other end of that spectrum is quite simply pure awakening, enlightenment, clarity, and complete happiness. This doesn’t mean that one has to achieve a perfect state of mind in order to be free of addiction. But when you understand the spectrum from addiction to enlightenment, then you can determine where you are on the scale.
I am supportive of whatever you feel you need to do to get your calories. My job is to just tell you the facts about food as I understand them.
Some people declare themselves to be meat eaters but are cautious regarding their dietary choices. I know a lot of people who think that they’re minimizing their health risks by taking measures such as eating only fish rather than red meat. Some detail about that is warranted, and I intend to address it in other articles, but this short article is only regarding processed meat products.
You may be saying to yourself, “F**k Antebi’s nonsense. I don’t have to give up desserts. I have to just change them to not include junk food. Every once in a while I can have crème brûlée, ice cream cake, chocolate cake from that gourmet restaurant, or movie concession candy.”