In the Spring 2013 issue of SCAN's PULSE (Vol 32, No 2, pg 7) there was a great article titled "This is your brain, this is your brain on food."
I read this article a while back while traveling and it really caught my attention. I am always interested in the lifestyle approach of healthy living and just like you, I get it that it can be overwhelming to learn how to "eat healthy"....there's a lot of information out there and I try to read it all!
It's my job to help others develop a lifestyle that is balanced in a way to meet individual health, fitness and body composition goals and to be lived in a way that is of quality. But we can not forget that the human body is complex and even with the best research, scientists still don't understand every working part in the body especially as it relates to disease prevention, performance and overall health. Maybe, each individual part but when they all work together - it's complex!
"Seeing that a significant portion of the human brain is dedicated to the motivation, emotional, hedonic, and cognitive information processing that supports decisions about when, what and how we eat, it is no surprise that aberrations in their activity and neuroarchitecture can lead to a variety of pathologic eating behaviors that can take many forms, including overfeeding (obesity), dysregulated feeding (binge eating and bulimia nervosa) and feeding that fails to meet the body's energy needs (anorexia nervosa). "
I really enjoyed reading this article because it gave great insight as to the mechanisms of food regulation (homeostatic system with hormonal regulators of hunger, satiety and adiposity levels as well as systems that drive us to eat because foods taste good and offer hedonic pleasure), it discussed obesity and food as reward ( easy access to palatable, energy-dense foods is a major environmental risk factor of obesity and the positive reinforcing nature of these foods is a powerful motivator that easily overrides homeostatic signals of satiety) as well as anorexia nervosa lacking the food reward process (demonstrating that patients with anorexia may experience food as less rewarding because of heightened viscerosensitivity).
In light of this article and understanding that eating is far beyond "good and bad" and what is or isn't trendy with the diet, food will always and should be used for nourishment, fuel and for pleasure.
If you feel overwhelmed, confused, stuck, stressed or excited about learning to eat in a way that will help you meet your individual health, fitness and body composition needs, or to take your training to the next level, OR to help you fuel properly for your upcoming event, I invite you to check out my updated website....with NEW SERVICES listed in the service section.
Any questions, comments or concerns - just send me an email. I always enjoy hearing from you and learning more about what is on the mind's of athletes and fitness enthusiasts. I look forward to possibly working with you or hearing from you.