On the day that people had to grow their food before they could eat it, they really did not use food for any other purpose than to eat when they were hungry. However, as civilization moved away from purely agricultural societies to industrialized societies, it was easier to buy food and unhealthy food selections became much more readily available.
The commercialization of food production has allowed us to buy any amount of food that we want and store it in our house. We no longer consumed food simply because we were hungry, we ate because there was food stored in the house. We ate when we were bored, we ate when people approached, we ate when we watched television, we ate when we received visitors and we ate when we wanted.
When globalization became a trend, we were able to find exotic food, wine, cheeses from any corner of the world directly in our supermarkets. We can find a fast food restaurant on each street that allows us to buy as much food as we want and as much as we want.
Gradually, we stop seeing food as mere fuel for our bodies. Food became a symbol of our economic wealth. Where before we only buy enough fresh food that we can consume in a day, we start buying in large quantities.
Those who earned a fixed and regular monthly salary can afford to buy food on credit and pay it on each payday. Cars filled with canned and processed frozen foods became a symbol of a person’s economic wealth. Our sense of identity was related to what we could buy and consume instead of what we do and how we face ourselves and others. We no longer just ate food, we ate food.
As marketing and consumerism became more frequent, we found that we needed to work more hours to earn more money, which allowed us to consume more goods. The traditional balanced or “square” food that meant a little protein, fruits, vegetables and bread, was replaced by processed foods that have a high content of salt, sugar and fat, since these types of foods were the easiest of buying, they took little or no time to prepare and be easily available regardless of the time of year or the weather.
Sugar, salt and fat used to be only a small part of our diet, but as we began to rely more on readily available ready-to-eat foods, sugar, salt and fat became an important part of our diet.
These substances are fine in small doses, but in high doses, and when eaten regularly with food, they alter the chemistry in our brains. We develop a taste and tolerance for highly sweet foods, very salty and very fatty, and the most destructive is that we develop a desire for this type of food. Builds in our bodies a kind of dependence on these substances.
For these reasons, when we are hungry, when we are bored, when we are sad, when we are stressed, when we are afraid, whenever we feel overwhelming emotions of the ups and downs of our lives, we resort to the highly salty, very sweet and very fatty food for make us feel better
We know that eating will not make overwhelming emotions disappear.
We know that eating will not solve any problem that is causing those overwhelming emotions.
We also know that if we continue to eat this type of food, we are preparing for lifestyle diseases and infections.
When we eat this type of food, we can distract ourselves from our problems and we can focus on the fullness of our belly and feel better, but it never solves our problems, never corrects dysfunctional relationships and never alters past mistakes.
Foods can induce feelings of euphoria and well-being because they release chemical substances “that feel good” in the brain that mimic the effects of heroin and cocaine, but, like drugs, those feelings of satisfaction will be fleeting and momentary because they will never do it. We really change our situations to improve, in fact, we are endangering our lives and our health if we invariably resort to this type of food to escape our real-life problems.
We need to solve our problems or, otherwise, accept the problems that we can not solve, not overcome them or we will be creating more and more problems for us in the long term.