Spas: Pay Attention to the New Book “The End of Overeating”

7 thoughts on “Spas: Pay Attention to the New Book “The End of Overeating”

  1. Anitra Brown, Guide to Spas, About.com

    Hi Susie, Thanks for telling us about this book, which sounds wonderful.

    I'm coming to grips with the fact that even small amounts of sugar and wine (a sugar!) can have a bad affect on my brain and body — but it's hard to give them up altogether.

    Thanks for sharing about your own past struggles. Anitra Brown

  2. Anonymous

    There are so many diet books, and so many of them are filled with information that's questionable, but when I looked up Dr. Kessler, I was impressed to discover that he's a former head of the FDA, best known for his anti-smoking efforts. On June 22, The New York Times published an article about him and this book called "How the Food Makers Captured Our Brains." It's very informative.
    Dale Burg

  3. Jeff Butterworth

    Hi Susie,

    I will have to get this book and have a read as I have been aware of these issues for some time, however have not had a reference to put it all together.

    On the back of this concept are a few other things you may be interested.

    Both dairy and wheat produce a chemical in people who do not digest them completely called caseinomorphine and glutenomorphine. Both have a chemical influence on the brain causing severe cravings when not consumed for some time because there is literally a withdrawal process happening in the same way as a morphine addiction. This affect is very evident in may autistic children when dairy and wheat are removed.

    It is my belief that many of the other processed foods have a similar chemical addiction occurring which we are not aware of yet. When we consume these foods they are like a drug and cause us to over consume because they are making us feel better emotionally, just the same as morphine or heroin does. The more we eat, although we are full, the more the chemical and the better we feel emotionally for a short time.

    The more we process foods and remove them from the way nature intended, the more chance these chemicals can be created with the amount of chemical additives in foods.

    Another theory relates to our glandular feedback system. The body is a creature of habit. When we have sugar one day, the next day you will crave it again. This is because sugar induces a glandular reaction in the pancreas. Our whole glandular system acts in a similar way. For example, sleep signals usually occur at the same time each day, female hormone cycle is a set cycle which occurs each month. When food triggers responses from the glandular system either through a stimulation or sedative affect, the next day if repeated, our body begins to expect that response and craves the substance which created the response.

    The final concept to consider is our moods are not solely affected by external events. Most of our emotional wellbeing is a physiological reaction. Depression is not a mental disease, it is a physiological one. Same as schizophrenia, and post natal depression for example, largely physiological. Imbalance in physical substances such as brain neurotransmitters cause the way people feel. A good example of this is premenstrual women. The way they are feeling is usually associated with emotions, but no, it is purely physiological effects of the hormones. Nothing to do with how well balanced they are emotionally.

    I hope this is not too technical, but thought you might appreciate these observations from years of practice.

    Kind regards

    Jeff Butterworth
    Spa Director
    Talise Spa

  4. Deborah Szekely

    Great minds think alike. I agree totally that this is the best book out. Wonderful, Wonderful.

    I ordered two dozen for selling at the Mercado about six weeks ago. I will have your blog information printed and post it on top of the stack of books that are for sale.

    Much love,
    Deborah

  5. Anonymous

    It is extremely interesting for me to read this post. Thank you for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

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