CRAVINGS: BEAT YOUR SWEET FAT TOOTH
Humans are hardwired to crave fat and sugar.
Perhaps you knew this. I’ve known it for awhile and tried to convince my sister that we could break the human system. All she had to do was let me use her son as my control group. No big deal.
“Hey! I have an idea!!!…”
“No. It’s cool. You’re gonna love it!…”
“Let’s do an experiment! You should feed Zach only ice cream, candy, cakes, sugar, basically all junk for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then, for dessert, feed him salad, veggies, chicken, all things NOT junk. Then we’ll see if he will only crave good food, tricking his body into thinking that his treats are actually treats when in fact they are healthy foods. It will be the opposite. Ta-daaaaaa!!!!”
Sis: “Do you remember mom dropping you on your head at some point?”
Needless to say, I didn’t get far. But honestly, am I the only one who feels points (and possibly cash) should be awarded for creatively using a family member in a science experiment while attempting to bio-hack our systems and possibly
Whatever. I tried.
WHY ARE WE PREDISPOSED TO LIKING THIS STUFF SO MUCH??
Before you get your Paleo panties all in a bunch, remember that these foods were a big part of human survival. Sugars (fruits and wild honey) and fats (animals, nuts, avocados) ensured high calories and lots of energy. Since there were no “Cave Cafe’s” to pop in and grab lunch, food was never a guarantee and skipping meals (or more) was a regular event.
We can assume the following conversation never took place:
“Oh, no fruit for me. I’m trying to cut back, get lean for summer. Grok’s been checking me out and I’m really hoping he picks me to club and drag back to the den tonight.”
SAID NO CAVE GIRL EVER!
We ate what we could, when we could, as much as we could. The fattier foods, the sweeter foods, meant health, nutrition and life. So one could say we are genetically engineered to have a sweet tooth AND a fat tooth.
What’s the problem with that today? You know the problem. It’s hanging over your belt right now. Calories, aka food, is everywhere. Plus, we just aren’t as active as we once were. No longer are we needing an abundance of calories to chase our protein and forage our carbs. We sit and sleep 90% of the day. Not to mention the majority of sugars (carbs) and fats most of the population is consuming these days are coming from highly refined, unnatural sources like…
High fructose corn syrup/corn syrup: soda, candy, “fruit” snacks, cereals, dressing, cough medicine/drops, breads…everything under the sun.
Hydrogenated oils: margarine, crackers, chips, cakes, cookies, Hostess crap, unnatural peanut butter like Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan etc., fake cheese (CHEEZ WHIZ), microwave popcorn, non-stick spray…everything under the sun.
Vegetable oil: corn, canola, safflower, sunflower, rapeseed, soybean which is used to cook or is added to everything under the sun.
Agave nectar: Labeled as a healthier alternative to sugar. It’s not, and here’s why.
Grains and all by-products: flours, baked products, fried stuff, coated crap and all things under the sun.
With the over consumption of these poor choices, it’s safe to say these foods are a huge part of modern man’s demise. HUGE!
SO WHAT DO WE DO?
Stay away from that stuff as often as possible. Just do it.
But Jaime, I like to have a treat every once in a while. Can’t I…
Yes. BUT, I care about your insides probably more than you do.
Look, I understand that on occasion, it’s nice to have a little something outside the meat, veggie regime. For some, eating Paleo or just real food can seem a little strict, harsh, boring and plain ol’ plain. And if you’re used to all that stuff I mentioned above, I can see how this could be true, but mostly that’s an excuse because that is poison and real food is not. Also, why does a ‘treat’ have to compromise our health? Literally, that stuff is killing us.
Assuming you’re not hungry, not thirsty and not bored, here’s 3 suggestions for feeding your real food or paleo sweet tooth:
A few frozen cherries, berries, mango chunks or whatever. I like frozen because it takes longer to eat. If you mix with a few spoonfuls of coconut milk (the real deal out of a can), it’s like fruity ice cream.
85% - 100% chocolate bar. The higher the cacao content, the less sugar and better for you.
Dried fruit is not a great option because of the high concentrations of sugar content. But, if you’re the one person who can have a slice of dried mango and be done, awesome…and who are you?
* Keep in mind that if your goal is to lose fat and lean out, then giving into your sweet tooth on a regular basis is not the way to go. In fact, some folks say you shouldn’t give in to your sweet tooth and that by doing so you are feeding a baby throwing a tantrum. Instead, try to eat some sort of protein and healthy fat like salmon. I like this but also find it to be unrealistic at times. Be smart. Know what you want. Your call.
3 suggestions to feed your real food or paleo fat tooth:
A can of full fat coconut milk dumped in a mason jar and set in the fridge will turn into super thick cream. AMAZING! A spoonful of that will do you good. Heavy whipping cream works too, if you’re good with dairy.
Coconut butter or some nut butter on a spoon. Smashed avocados work too.
Animal fat. Seriously. Maybe you really are craving some meat like a burger, steak, fatty fish or chicken thighs.
*Quality fats like these are not the culprit in our ever increasing obesity epidemic. It’s the “franken-fats” that I talked about before. It ALWAYS comes down to the quality of the food.
Feed your real food or paleo…ish fat and sweet tooth.
Sometimes you really do want a cookie, a cake, a triple chocolate fudge bar. Ok, so figure out how to MAKE it by swapping out the crap ingredients like wheat flour, sugar, corn syrup and margarine, and start using better ingredients like raw honey, grass fed butter, coconut flour, almond meal, whole eggs and dark cocoa powder.
It’s easier than you think. But, if you need ideas or help, check out Elana’s Pantry for gluten free, paleo, dairy free, grain free baked goods, treats, desserts, breads and all things we, the humans, love.