Why Do We Continue To Eat Stuff We Know Will Harm Us?

Ooh, philosophical this morning! But, this is an interesting question and I am just as guilty of it as anyone. Why do we continue to eat stuff we know will cause us more harm than good?

There can be lots of complex reasons – and believe me I have seen and heard a lot of them, especially having a clinical hypnotherapist as my partner!

I thought this post from Mark (author of the Primal Blueprint books I recommend here) has a good take on it. He explains how cravings for certain foods may actually belie certain primal needs. I agree with the principle; think of pregnant women wanting coal (need iron) or toddlers eating dirt (hygiene hypothesis, needing worms and bacteria) etc. We are a product of our evolution. We TGF-ers even more so; we cannot tolerate the ‘new’ agricultural foods.

Have a read anyway, it may help you understand, as he describes it: ‘what is going on under the hood’ (or bonnet anyway for UK readers).

8 Reasons Why You Act Against Your Own Better Judgement

Hope it helps. Don’t give yourself a hard time; you are, after all, only human!

2 Replies to “Why Do We Continue To Eat Stuff We Know Will Harm Us?”

  1. love this! I do believe cravings, or often ’emo-eating’ as its described is a LOT more complex then just trying to eat your feelings away. I’ve been trying to point out to my dad his cravings are most likely due to GS, combined with social peer pressure. However society doesn’t really care for those explanations. In at about every commercial we learn about either how wrong a food is but good it will be if we eat it (chocolate for example), or how good food is for is that doesn’t necesarily have any nutritional value (like those sugarry morning cereals). That way even children learn its ok to have foods that aren’t good for us, wether or not we crave them..
    Nutritional society still has such a long way to go…

    1. Indeed. Seeing someone else avoid fatty, sugary, grainy/dairy-based foods can make some people feel uncomfortable and they can thwart our best intentions. I see it all the time with patients’ friends and family. Some, once explained fully, become very supportive, but it makes others who know they should do the same quite confrontational. As long as we know that, we can protect ourselves from their negativity and not allow ourselves to be put off.

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