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Are you poisoning yourself?


posted on March 3, 2008

Bad diets do you more damage than smoking

If you eat œnormally, you probably are.

However, if you mentally classify most foods as œpoisons, instead of viewing dangerous foods as treats, try visualizing the damage done to your DNA with each bite.

We™re endlessly inundated with temptations to eat unhealthy calories. A recent study at Cornell confirmed people are powerless to resist overeating if foods are visible and convenient. Another study concluded specific changes occur in our brains when we™re tempted with foods. That™s one reason it can be so tough to eat healthy.

How poisonous is the western diet? Well, bad diets do you more damage than smoking (and smoking kills half of all smokers). So my best advice is to regard most popular foods as poisons that will cause you unimaginable suffering and premature death. Imagine how your life can come to a grinding halt once you suffer a serious stroke or get cancer. Eating sensibly reduces disease risk in people of all ages, so it™s never too late to start eating healthy.  

Here™s just one example of what overeating does to you:

Eating too many calories at once overloads the bloodstream with fats and sugars long after your meal. That causes severe oxidative and inflammatory damage to your inner arterial walls. That™s just one meal. Imagine the cumulative damage caused by chronically overeating. No wonder cardiovascular disease is our number one killer.

Does this mean you have to be a fanatic and give up some of your best pleasures of life? Not really. It simply means you should be aware of the consequences of overeating and the consequences of an unhealthy diet. With the way science is charging forward, you may be eating yourself into missing the super longevity boat. It means being aware of your ongoing choices between short-term gratification and long-term satisfaction, health and longevity. It means you should apply the same sensibilities to your health that you apply to your job, business or finances.

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