Our bodies are very, very wise. They know what they need, and they will do what they need to do to get it. Cravings, excessive appetite, and overeating are all ways our bodies communicate with us, asking for something that they're not getting but need.
When we eat foods that aren't naked -- foods that have been overprocessed, that have lots of additives and little nutritional value -- we aren't giving our bodies the nutritional building blocks they need to thrive. As a result, we need more food to fill that void. Typically, non-naked foods fill us, but they don't feed and nourish us.
Consider this: If you eat an apple, do you want to eat another, and another, and another? Do you have an unstoppable urge to keep eating that same food to the point of completely overstuffing yourself? No, most likely you don't. Your body takes what it needs from the apple, and then you're satisfied and don't need another apple.
Now, in comparison, consider this: If you open a bag of potato chips, do you want to eat another, and another, and another? Do you have an unstoppable urge to keep eating that same food to the point of overstuffing yourself? For many people, the answer is a resounding yes! Just as the ads proudly state, it's impossible to eat just one.
Is this unstoppable urge the evidence of a potato chip deficiency? No, quite the opposite. Potato chips are nutritionally void and aren't giving your body what it needs. So, your body has to ask for more and more in an effort to get what it needs to be truly satisfied. In fact, the overly refined vegetable oils in potato chips block your body's ability to digest and absorb essential fatty acids, leaving your body deficient and craving more fat. As I said earlier, your body is wise -- it needs fat, so it asks for fat. How we respond to what it's asking for is what makes all the difference.
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