Raw Foods and Overeating

February 18th, 2009 by Tonya Zavasta

Going raw, by itself, isn’t an end to overeating. Just as you can eat raw, you can overeat raw.

Temperance in eating once was a virtue. Religions of the past viewed overeating as a sin akin to idolatry. The faithful linked gluttony with laziness, drunkenness, wastefulness, and poverty. Webster’s dictionary, 1828, defined gluttony as “extravagant indulgence of the appetite for food, voracity of appetite.”

Today’s prosperity has brought about a change in mindset. We, as a culture, encourage “voracity of appetite,” thinking it quite normal. Everywhere, we see the All You Can Eat buffets…invitations to “supersize” our meals…diet plans and products promising Eat all you want and still lose weight. Even sick people, those who might most benefit from fasting, hear the message Eat—you’ve got to keep up your strength. Why do people want more than they need?

Some overeat from simple ignorance. They don’t know any better.

Others believe weight loss and better eating are mainly matters of willpower. I just don’t have it, they say. Food gives us strength, some reason. So, the more the merrier.

Then…the addicts. We all know people who drug themselves with food and other addictive substances to deal with their emotions.

Dr. Herbert Shelton, in his book The Hygienic System: Orthotrophy, explains:

“I am convinced that the habit of eating denatured foods is a chief cause of overeating. These foods do not completely nourish the body and, therefore, do not satisfy the demands of hunger, unless consumed in large quantities. Great variety at a meal also overstimulates the sense of taste and leads to over eating. Spices and condiments have the same effect. It is really difficult to overeat when one is eating unseasoned foods.”

I believe some people overeat, and develop insatiable appetites, from another cause—the nature of our food itself. The nutritional quality of their food is so poor that they effectively starve, though they overeat, overstimulating their systems with spicy, salty, highly processed food. They crave nutrients. Their bodies cry for more. Once you adopt the raw food diet, this urge eventually goes away.

Raw food is nutrient-dense, packed with water and fiber. No stimulants. No addictive additives. Eat raw, and you become satiated, truly nourished. You learn over time to listen to your body. You learn to distinguish true hunger from emotional hunger.
You’ll experience more hunger, at first, as you move to the raw food diet, just as you do while your body adjusts to any lighter diet.

Those who still overeat—Hey, you can eat as much as you want as long as it’s raw. Right? Wrong! Eventually you’ll find that health and weight both tend to plateau. Has your progress stopped? Time to rethink habits.

Once your body is well cleansed and nourished, it will more economically assimilate ever smaller amounts of quality raw foods. Appetite should decrease. Eventually, even your tolerance for large amounts of food should decline. This is when Quantum Eating becomes your modus operandi. This is when temperance becomes your obvious choice, true health and bliss your deserved reward.

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