Junk food, fast food, we know it’s all unhealthy, yet we still order takeout and frequent drive-throughs, sometimes several times a week. The top five reasons Americans eat junk food are convenience, availability, no time to cook, it’s quick and affordable — but what cost to their health?
Doctor Bastomski’s comments:
OK article but I would add that I am not a fan of microwaving your food, certainly not on a regular basis. I base this on the opinion of one of my mentors Dr. Jonathan Wright MD. Another tool to consider using if one is addicted to junk food is hypnotherapy. It is always a good idea to provide yourself with a backup / alternative food or snack if you are trying to remove various problematic foods from your diet. This would include vegetables that are raw, cooked or baked. Change out sugar soda with non sweetened carbonated beverages. Remember even non caloric sweeteners will trigger your brain to release insulin in search of the sweet agent and the increased insulin levels lead to health issues. Change out regular chocolate for 70%+ chocolate.Regarding lunch, go to Trader Joe’s and buy one of their pre made salads and either add one of your favorite proteins to it like chicken or salmon or buy it complete with chicken already in place. Priced from $4 to $6. Certainly weaning ones self off of fast food restaurants is required in the big picture of things when trying to achieve improved health. Another trigger of junk food and overeating in general are food allergies and / or foods you are sensitive to. The two most common are dairy and wheat. The foods one craves are of foods that are high on the suspect list of foods one might be sensitive to. When one eats a food they are reactive to, it will cause a release of stress hormones as well as an elevation of blood sugar. Feels good for awhile until your body has to deal with the excess chemicals the self inflicted storm has created. One way to see if you are reactive to a food is to test your pulse before you eat it. Then enjoy the food. Then 5 minutes after you are through eating the food, test your pulse again. If it is elevated more than 5 beats per minute your body is reacting to it.
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Dr. Jacob Bastomski, a board-certified chiropractic neurologist, has served the Santa Barbara area since 1981. As a Santa Barbara chiropractor, Dr. Bastomski seeks to improve health through functional neurology and clinical nutrition.
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