Saturday, July 19, 2014

Expansion of the Lettuce effect

In an earlier post I proposed four groups of the causes of overeating as follow:

Physical Problem: genetic or unknown physical,  hyperinsulinemia or insulin resistance, thyroid issues, adrenalin issues, some thing that produces excess hunger or appetite. These require some sort of physical intervention or extended mental effort to overcome what is a physical problem being overcome by mental/ behavioral effort.

Environmental: Near normal people in food rich environment, where there is continuous temptation. These people must learn to adapt to their environment, or change their environment to recover.

Maladaptive: May be emotional eating, compulsive eating, obsession driven, stress, boredom, lonely, tired, whatever. We need to learn real coping methods for situations, escape from that situation, recognizing there is no real solution for the situation, (learn acceptance of bullshit produced by others), whatever. Recovery requires a major change in our belief structure, and attitude change or other psychic adjustment. This could also include the attitude issue, wanting to eat. Desires must be adjusted to match our needs.

Addicts and addiction like issues: There are chemicals within the food that cause a addiction like behavior, craving, desire, and withdrawal. This addiction may be behavioral in addition or instead of chemical. Addiction like behavior may also be a food triggering a desire to eat, not specifically the trigger food. Potatoes seem to triggering a craving for more food, likely through insulin overshot, but not specifically potatoes, in my case. Is that physical, or addiction substitution?

Now the reason I bring this up is obesity is the least understood and most common modern condition brought about by development. It need understanding of the overall problem, not just parts. That has been the problem so far in findings a solution. It is not diet, not the cause of overeating, not hyperpalatable refined carbohydrates, but a combination of all things that lead to the problem.

Currently I am reading Food and Addiction (Brownell and Gold). It clearly shows much understanding in many areas but a clear lack of understanding in what is necessary for recovery.
It is not one problem but at least four groups of problems, that I am dealing with, and much misinformation and shotgun solutions to the wrong problems. At the same time, all these issues are so interrelated that it become difficult to separate them out.

I have no food, nutritional, psychological, philosophical, medical, or other related credentials; but then neither do many living with these overeating issues. Some of us seem to recover. Can we produce enough logic to rationally lead ourselves out of the quagmire that we find ourselves in?


  1. The good thing about lettuce is that you can eat so much and it's slow to raise blood sugar numbers.

    As many struggle with their weight, high blood sugar numbers the answer is to reduce the carbohydrate intake. Cut down on un-necessary sugars, do not eat processed foods.

    Some do not find this easy - but is life easy?

    Do our best. Share our stories, share our news.....onwards and upwards to our goal.

    All the best Jan

  2. I'm sure you have read all the books but just wanted to ask if you had read Jack Trimble's Rational Recovery? It's aimed at alcoholics but can be used for food by substituting with whatever addiction is the issue. A very interesting and different book.

  3. Jasmine:

    Thank you for your suggestion.

    I looked at Jack's program perhaps 30 years ago, late 80's or early 90's, when I knew much less than now. It may work, but when I tried to read his book I came to the conclusion that his writing was a few good ideas separated with much gibberish. He seemed to be about modifying the behaviors without understanding of the cause. It is our wills, wants, desires that need to be modified first.


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