Fat addiction

Have you ever been addicted to fat? No, that was a rhetorical question. Of course we have all been addicted to fat, just as we have been addicted to salt and sugar, because humans are created to seek out salt, fat and sugar- they are the three tastes that we have receptors for at the tip of our tongue. In a natural environment, where we are not interfered with this is no problem we get them in the right amounts within the fibrous contents of other foods and the concentrations will be regulated with the seasons. Unfortunately we no longer live in a natural environment, but are very much interfered with. Some subtle, some not so subtle. This is a great hazard for us, as we like all other lifeforms are designed for two primary functions – survival and reproduction. Many functions aid in our survival, but for now let’s concentrate on food. Food is the most important survival issue and each creature must make sure to always get enough. To this end we are capable of catching the caloric difference of 5 calories/bite between one apple and another. Let’s consider a few interferences and how they relate to this condition:

  • Refined foods: Brown sugar lies at 3800 calories/kilo. Olive oil lies at 8840 calories/pound. If we compare this with natural foods, an apple is at 520 calories/kilo, a banana is at 890 calories/kilo, even a fatty fruit like avocado is only at 1600 calories/kilo, so most of the weight in natural foods would be fiber and water. In this situation our survival instances of picking up the caloric content is essential to make sure we get enough to continue to live. But while our modern environment has changed drastically we have not. The reason why so many people are addicted to junk food is because when we take a bite out of that corn chip our survival instincts kick in and tell us “you are doing the right thing”.
  • Another form of interference is globalization. Thanks to globalization we can get all kinds of fruit almost all season of the year. This means that our diet can be incredibly varied, we can have mango and avocado in december if we want to, even though those fruits is not in season during that time. While convenient, it is also dangerous. In the natural environment the kinds of foods we would eat is geared so that we eat them all in their proper place. Especially fats are dangerous, because they only come in season during the summer, which would give us that extra caloric bang, maybe putting on a few kilos for the winter and getting a bit extra vitamin-e and vitamin-k that our body need. In the natural environment however the winter never comes, this coupled with the fact of constant availability and the increased caloric content of fats as compared to other foods, makes it extremely easy to become addicted to them. This has many consequences, two of them being that we do not get enough other nutrients and since our cells demand carbohydrate to function, our energy levels will drop significantly. We also will not be able to be as satiated.

How do you fix a fat addiction once you realize you are in one? It’s easier to say than to do as we are geared to get that most calorically dense foods. Also when we increase the intensity of something (e.g. caloric content) our bodies will given a little bit of time get used to it. You can run this experiment, e.g. at your local swim hall. Take a swim in the normal temperature pool, then get in the warm pool. It feels warm, stay in there 5-10 minutes and it will feel like the other pool and when you return to that pool it will feel really cold.

This makes just not eating the fat problematic. You have become used to this increased caloric bang. Dropping straight out is going to go against all your survival instincts (even though we don’t call them such, we call them “cravings” or similar).┬áThere are a few ways that one can help however. It takes 3-5 weeks for you to be most the way out of this trap and 6-10 weeks to be all the way out, the first time is the hardest. One way to give yourself a boost is to do juice fasting for 2-3 days, taking your fat and salt receptors TOTALLY out of the equation, even on the amounts in whole, natural plant foods. When you then taste these foods after the fast you will be able to pick up on this a lot easier. More intense way is to do a water-only fasting. You just drink water for the same amount of time and getting your body TOTAL sensory deprivation. After the fast the whole, natural plant foods are going to taste a lot better.

Mainstream goes raw

Just back from having a meeting with a friend in town today and for the first time I managed to eat not only vegan, not only low-fat, but low-fat raw vegan. So what did I do? It wasn’t difficult. YOu look up the menu online, see what fresh fruits and vegetables they have you request that and tell them to remove the cooked lentils, hummus and fatty nuts and seeds, which ended up by me getting a really overpriced (13 USD!!!) salad of spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers. But hey, I eat out maybe 5 times/Year at most and it was all organic and now I know how to do it. Eating out raw at mainstream restaurants is not easy, I will not claim it is. But it can be done, especially if you put some planning into it.

Raw mashed potatoes

I’ve tried this one a number of times in the past with epic failure, but thanks to the help of Toni Allen I’ve managed to find an great way to enjoy mashed potatoes raw. I’ve worked with changing the recipe since to my needs, which is what I encourage all of you to do. Lets get to the recipe. It’s pretty general for the most part, you have to work out what fits you best yourself:

  • Cauliflower and/or broccoli
  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews or sunflower seeds
  • dill (ESSENTIAL)
  • spices, could be optional. Add what you like, I like a touch of curry, paprika and turmeric.
  1. Start with chomping everything in the food processor.
  2. Transfer to blender adding water as necessary, not too much though. If you added too much just do another churning of broccoli or cauliflower (no spices or nuts needed) in the food processor and add.
  3. Enjoy. I find a pure cauliflower does very well with some raw tomato sauce, while the cauliflower/broccoli mix I enjoyed today does very well on its own. What you will make will depend on your mood.