Hunger is Not a Disease

Here is the Science: I’ll Make It Quick

Hi Glycemic Index (GI) foods, low GI foods, fast carbs, slow carbs, the answer is always the same — the body responds to carbs by releasing insulin. Insulin is the hormone the body uses to tightly control the glucose (sugar) levels. How much is in your system at any given time?

Less than one teaspoon of sugar in the entire bloodstream! Keeping this fact in mind, one can easily see the fallacy of the 5-6 meal per day recommendations.

The Textbook of Medical Physiology reported. . . . “Even after 5 complete weeks of starvation with only water being consumed, blood glucose levels in the average adult will remain stable.”

Here is my Experience

Prior to finding the incredible art of Systema, I used to train in the Japanese art of Aikido. One of my fellow students at the time, was a high ranking aikidoka (5th Dan). He was quiet, tough “NY personality.” Once you broke through the outer shell, he had a wealth of information to share.

One day, he asked if I had trained on Monday. I replied that I had not, as I was extremely sore from running an event on Sunday and needed time to recover. Anticipating an understanding ear, instead I what I received was what I refer to as a life-message; that is, one of those statements or experiences, once heard and understood, alters the course of your thinking, behaving and life in general.

Dan replied, “That’s too bad. You missed an opportunity for your mind to tell your body how you want it to feel and act.” Not what I expected, just what I needed.

I wonder when it became fashionable in the world of nutrition that “hunger” became a “disease;” that is, it needs to be addressed immediately or else we will crumble on the spot?

As mentioned in a prior post, our bodies are designed to eat 3 meals per day. Not 5 or 8, but 3. Yes there are exceptions such as diabetics, athletes engaged in hard core training and/or events and others but the majority of people are not in this group.

If you eat healthy 90% of the time, you will (re-) discover the natural rhythms of the body. The end result will be an abundance of energy, a feel of joy and your ideal weight and shape. No extremes are needed. Toss in some rigorous exercise and you have the “perfect storm.”

Yes, you may get hungry at 3 or 4pm or before bed.  Unless it is some type of extreme case (see aforementioned diabetes, sports etc.), it is a perfect opportunity for your Mind to teach your Body how you want it to act.

The way it was designed to. . . . .

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