Is junk food the new Opium?

Junk food seems to be everywhere these days, you can’t walk down the street without being assaulted by smells, signs, bright posters advertising Happy Meals, happy people eating the latest chocolate bar that helps them work, rest and play or some equally appealing scene with attractive, slim people enjoying their lives and relaxing thanks to a certain processed food or chemical-laden beverage.

But does what we put in our bodies really make us happy? Does glugging half a bottle of Pinon Grigiot at the end of a stressful day really help you to relax and unwind?

My Card of the Day this morning was Detoxification. The message coming through loud and clear was – stop putting crap into your bodies and minds! Distance yourself from toxic people, environments and stop putting toxins in your body in the name of relaxation!

Now I understand that you most people can’t or wouldn’t necessarily want to just go tea-total or stop eating junk food overnight, and it’s not realistic to expect that. But I did want to uncover the underlying reasons why we do what we do.

“I only have a couple of glasses of wine after work because I need them. They help me relax!”

“I’m smoking because I’m stressed.”

“I felt lonely so I treated myself to a McDonalds.”

Did you really treat yourself? Does smoking help stress? Does alcohol help you relax?

These are just a few of various coping strategies that are socially acceptable in our culture, if not actively encouraged by influential and brightly coloured advertising featuring celebrities and images of the joy and relaxation we so badly need.

But do they help us long term? I think not.

Alcohol is bad for us – we know it, even in small quantities you won’t be as bright eyed and bushy-tailed the next day. Cigarettes are highly addictive and cause more problems than they solve and let’s not go there with recreational drugs!

But food is the most widespread and socially acceptable coping mechanism that I see in our world today, it’s our modern day Opium. Legal, but we know it’s bad for us done in the wrong way. Advertisers and unscrupulous companies keen for easy profits know how to push our buttons, and then put the onus on us to “eat responsibly” and then deny any responsibility when we get out of control. The expanding waistlines and increasing stress levels in our Western society are testament to how our favourite coping strategy is failing us. And we know it.

That’s all well and good I hear you say, but we already know that! And it’s true – people I meet and friends I talk to seem to be constantly beating themselves up about their eating habits or about being overweight.

The media is obsessed with size. One minute parading pictures of somebody thin and beautiful, next berating another celeb who has fallen out of their fickle favour and is now being portrayed as “too thin” or shamed for being “fat” when they may barely be a size 12.

How often do you berate yourself for lacking “willpower” or some other nonsense, and wishing they could just be “stronger” and stop eating/smoking/binge-drinking/ fill in the blank!

I’m not here to judge anyone or make you feel worse. There’s probably enough of that going on inside your head right now, and that’s before you count the “helpful” friends, family, partners and acquaintances who repeat the old rhetoric about “discipline” and “dieting” back to you.

Well, here’s the skinny. If beating people up about this stuff worked, then we’d all be thin and happy wouldn’t we?!

When I see an overweight person, part of my mind tries to go into judgement mode. My upbringing in our Western society taught me as a child that fat is “wrong, ” “bad” or “lazy.” But it’s not. I’m learning to control these thought patterns and see overeating and obesity in a new way.

Here is how you should really see people who are overweight or struggling with issues to do with food: look past the weight and see that person is carrying a lot of pain. They’re just wearing it on the outside.

Food has become the most socially acceptable and hidden poisons of the 21st century. We are torturing and self-medicating ourselves with junk food to try to control stress!

There is another way, and dieting isn’t it. In the words of world famous NLP expert Paul McKenna,

“Diets are essentially training courses in how to get fat and feel like a failure”

Weight loss diets may or may not be helpful in the short term, but unless we address the underlying issues causing us to essentially abuse ourselves with food (or alcohol and cigarettes for that matter), then the problem will not ever go away and neither will the excess inches on our waistline.

And this is where I can help.

There is a natural way to reduce stress in your life. A gentle and effective technique that is safe enough to use on a newborn baby. So easy that you can learn to do it for yourself and your family in just a few hours.

And the best part? You’ve probably heard of it.

It’s called REIKI.

Reiki is a gentle and simple technique that you can easily learn and use without any great effort, work or aptitude, to improve your life, help reduce your stress levels and help you to cope with your life.

Your cycle of stress and overeating can be stopped with a gentle and holistic approach.

Are you ready to change your life forever?

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To find out more about how Reiki can help you, contact Helen for a free 15 minute Skype consultation on 07795 818646 (UK) or email helen@angelwingsholistics.com today.

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