Every day I am still amazed by how the world of food is being revolutionized by the concept of “nutrient rich”. We are finally realizing that many, if not most, of our health problems, including eating disorders, are caused by nutrient poor diets and nutrient deficiencies.
I know, it’s hard to believe in a world where there is access to so much food abundance, particularly in western countries, how could we be suffering in 2010 from “nutrient deficiencies”?
We are, and it’s because we eat foods that are not really foods, but rather “foodstuffs” that don’t even contain all the nutrient categories that our bodies need to function and perform and stay healthy, that we experience eating disorders. And while women seem seem the be the poster children of eating disorders, men experience them too. Disorders show up in all kinds of ways from bulimia to depression.
What you’ll discover in this article from medical doctor Hyla Class MD who, as a psychiatrist, is familiar with the underpinnings of eating disorders, the primary solution, which she calls “the nutrient solution” is a Nutrient Rich diet!
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We crave the foods that we are sensitive or “allergic” too. Not a typical allergy with hives or stomach aches, these sensitivities are intolerances, often inherited, and show up in any number of ways – for example, depression, inability to lose weight, eating disorders, tinnitus, unexplained aches and pains–many, many others. The very foods we crave will create the most symptoms and are the most damaging. In fact, food cravings are similar to an addiction to alcohol. As you withdraw from the foods you’re addicted to, you begin to have withdrawal symptoms and the craving begin. And if you happen to be addicted to wheat or baked goods, you can never get enough of them, so you binge on them, despite your best intentions to the contrary. People addicted to grains may drink excessive amounts of grain-based liquor or beer and can become alcoholics. They’re sensitive to and addicted to the alcohol, but it’s the grain-base that is causing the problem. They can even feel “drunk” after eating cereal or baked goods. Not so different from your regular carb-binger, except the target is alcohol instead of refined carbs.
It’s not just a matter of willpower. In order to break the addiction cycle, in addition to avoiding the undesirable foods, you have to supply the body with a good, supportive nutritional program of healthful food, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Then, the cravings will often simply go away! It’s quite remarkable; with a nutrient rich diet, and good vitamin and mineral formula, you can stop the cycle. In fact, once the diet and nutrients are in place, the cravings and addictions will often just fall away. Remember that nutritional supplements are not a substitute for healthy food, but a supplement to restore missing ingredients and balance biochemistry.
1 thought on “Eating Disorders, the Nutrient Solution is a Nutrient Rich diet”
This is absolutely fascinating information. However I wonder WHY the body craves something that isn’t good for it. Why doesn’t it more naturally crave the nutrients and minerals it needs? I understand our hard wiring for sugar (means a fruit is sweet and can be eaten), but excessive salts? Refined carbs? Fatty foods (I mean, c’mon, fat has little or no taste and yet we crave it)? If foods that aren’t good for us give us a dopamine (or similar hormonal) charge, why doesn’t the stuff that’s good for us have the same effect?
Thanks for the awesome blog.