True vs False Hunger: Is there such a thing?

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True vs False Hunger: Is there such a thing?

Have you ever found yourself asking the question: “What can I do to lose weight?” “How did I get this big anyway?” Well the simplest answer that we can give is temperance or self-control. This is one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22 KJV) and is also one of the 8 laws of health. To lose weight requires a complete lifestyle change, and only God can help you achieve this.
One thing that needs to be understood is the difference between false hunger and true hunger.
What is Hunger?

False Hunger
• Symptoms include: headaches, growling tummy, gas, feeling of nausea, light-headedness, the shakes, blurred vision (sounds familiar?)
• Usually felt about 2 hours after eating.

True Hunger
• Starts below the sternum and works it way up to the esophagus and then to the throat
• Sensations usually are felt 4-5 hours after a meal

The symptoms of false hunger can really be called withdrawal symptoms. This is what happens to people who are coming off some kind of abusive substance like drugs or alcohol. Believe it our not, food can be more addictive than drugs. More people die from over eating than starvation and drugs check these articles out:

Bad diets kill more people around world than smoking study says

More people die eating too much not eating enough

• So back to weight loss. What can I do about it?

• Detoxify the body. It can be done in many different ways and can be made even to target specific areas of the body; for example the liver, colon, and kidneys all have specific
cleanses. You can refer to our book “Disease and Kitchen Remedies” for more details.

• Next cleanse and reset your taste buds by eating for only organic concord grapes for 3 days.

• Eat only 2 meals a day. I know you may be saying, ” you are crazy!”, but the body will operate and function better. Trust us (wink wink).There are some cases where some people do better with having a 3rd meal; like the hard construction worker, or the farmer who still farms the old fashion way, without all the fancy equipment. There are also some medical conditions that may require more than 2 meals, but the sicker the person the more simply the food should be and more easily digested.

• EAT NOTHING IN BETWEEN MEALS. That means NO SNACKING! Most Americans eat one meal a day; meaning they eat all….. day….. long. This brings many diseases upon the stomach because the stomach is always working. The stomach needs to rest at least 5 hours between meals before eating again. Constantly eating stops the digestion of the previous meal to start working on what you just put into your mouth. It is like putting a load of clothes into the washing machine, and while in the middle of the cycle you decide to put in a few more articles of clothes. The clothes that were put in last missed the first few cycles and do not get as clean as the clothes that went through the whole cycle.

• Your last meal should be 5-6 hours before going to bed. Our stomachs need to rest too! Around 6-8 PM the body begins to secrete hormones that will prepare your mind and body for the next day. One of the hormones is melatonin and it affects the mood. In order to receive its full benefit the room must be completely dark at night when sleeping. Not only can light and going to bed late impeded on the production of melatonin, but eating food too late can also hinder it as well. It takes a lot of blood to digest food, but the brain needs blood to help with the process of producing melatonin. (We told you that this would require a lifestyle change.)

• Drink water in between meals. The only time you can have ice cold water is to lessen “true hunger” pains. It shocks the blood away from the stomach; but don’t make it a
habit, room temperature water is always best.

• Watch the portion sizes of your meals. Eat your biggest meal for breakfast and your lunch should be smaller. This does not mean you should stuff yourself for breakfast. Most Americans eat their biggest meal late in the evening and then go to bed after a few hours of watching television (get rid of the TV). This concept is wrong. The biggest meal should be in the morning because the body is full of energy after a proper night of rest. Although breakfast should be a big meal, your body is best suited to use up the calories taken in if we start this practice. The later in the day it gets, the body begins to slow down, doesn’t burn as much fat, and this fat is stored in places like the stomach, thighs, buttocks, and limbs.

• Never make it a practice to skip a meal thinking that you will lose weight quicker because no calories were taken in. In reality what happens is that the body goes into “survival mode”, meaning that because there are no nutrients coming in it stores away the previous meal as fat because it doesn’t know when the next meal will occur.

• After eating never lie down; instead go for a brisk walk. Start off slow and then speed up a little. This will aid in the digestion process. Do not do hard exercise after eating. This will slow down the digestion process. The blood will begin to draw back from the stomach and go to the areas of the body that is being worked.

• Eat NO supper or dinner. Only breakfast and lunch. You can have a cup of herbal tea with lemon in place of a third meal.

• Stay away from meats dairy products, refined, and processed foods. That includes vegetarian meats. Try to get to the point where these are no longer apart if your diet. Eat mostly live foods that give life to the body. Fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables.

• Avoid stimulants, which excite the brain and cause you to want to eat more. Like MSG (monosodium glutamate) – yes that includes soy sauce and BRAGGS Liquid Aminos too!! {Read your labels- on the bottle of Braggs it says, “no MSG added” but did you know that when glutamate (one of the amino acid ingredients found in this product) is heated, it forms the excitotoxin MSG. When the product is labeled, they technically can put that it is not “added” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t formed when this product is made.}

• Eat slowly; take your time to eat. Chew your food well. Remember digestion begins in the mouth. If the food is not broken down properly, the food will not be able to supply the body with the nutrient that it needs. Also if the food is not chewed properly the stomach will have to work harder to try to breakdown the food, and pieces of food that is not broken down will pass through the intestines undigested, which also causes problems.  (Remember this saying: “Chew your water, Drink your food”)

• Take smaller bites of your food. When you take larger bites it makes it harder to breathe while chewing, and the body will want to swallow what is in your mouth faster without thoroughly masticating your food properly. Put your fork, spoon, sandwich, wrap, or whatever it is that you are eating down until you are finished chewing and swallowing that which is in your mouth.

• Have a well-balanced plate. Have more fruits and vegetables on your plate than carbs and protein. Do not eat or drink fruits and vegetables at the same meal. This can cause an upset stomach and create lots of gas.

• In order to lose weight, one must also exercise. Many of us do not like to exercise. We must exercise every day for 30 minutes to 1 hour at least 5 times a week.

• Pray and ask God to give you strength each day to give you victory over appetite. We have the promise in Phillipians 1:6 “Being confidant in this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

If you make the choice today to start this new journey, Jesus will help you to complete it! 

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