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Coaches Corner…With Coach Ashley
Knowledge is Power.
I recently had an AH-HA! moment when I read IT STARTS WITH FOOD by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. I have always been a firm believer that knowledge is power always trying to learn new things, especially those that allow me to make better decisions.
The human body is fascinating in so many ways and self -preservation is one of them. Our body has so many hormone signals and negative feedback systems to keep us running like well – oiled machines. In terms of day to day survival, there is not much thought that goes into it today but think back to the hunter gatherer; for them where their next meal was coming from hugely impacted survival. What if they found food and it was poisonous or rancid, how would they know not to eat it? For our protection, the brain adapted to certain tastes, sweet (safe to eat), fatty (good calorie source), and salty (retaining of fluids). When our ancestors came in contact with these tastes previously mentioned, the brain created memories of the associated foods by sending signals of pleasure and reward. Now unfortunately I am not the only one who thinks knowledge is power! Food scientists have transformed whole foods into completely processed imposters that still act upon this ancient survival tool. What once signaled our brains to know we were making the right choices of nutrient dense foods, today only leaves us with empty calories. Then there’s satiation, hunter gatherers would eat until this point because their food choices created hormone balance and allowed them to feel full; today these processed foods have more calories and less nutrition therefore we overeat them.
With pleasure and reward comes emotion and through emotion habits can form. Think about how you feel when you finish a workout…amazing because dopamine and endorphins are released causing us to want that feeling the next day and the day after that. The same thing happens with food: when we eat candy, cake, or (insert favorite dessert here) our brain signals it is something safe to eat because it is sweet and we keep eating it as it takes a long time to feel full; dopamine and endorphins are released to create a pleasurable and rewarding memory, we feel amazing (for a little while!) and we want to eat it again the next day and the day after that. SCARY BUT TRUE.
Think about this…you leave work on your break and take a walk down the street past a bakery. You smell something amazing…maybe its bread or cookies baking, chocolate melting. You keep walking to get your lunch and head back to the office. You spend the rest of the day thinking about what you smelled outside the bakery and decide to stop on the way home to get (insert favorite dessert here). The power of the mind goes as far as allowing us to actually taste something purely from memory and we feel emotion associated with eating that particular food. When you pick it up after work you don’t have just one bite, you keep eating. And it tastes exactly like your remember it. You even say to yourself, “oh my god this is so good!” Sound familiar?
THIS IS WHEN THE LIGHTBULB WENT OFF FOR ME! We have the ability to control our minds, to change our way of thinking about anything, especially food. We eat to live, not live to eat. It’s really that simple! It is important to understand there is biology behind what we think is just emotion driving our decisions because then all it takes is a different way of thinking and it could be a whole different outcome.