Eating and

Weight Management

  • Eating, Pleasure, Reward and Punishment

    Human relationships are built around shared pleasurable experiences. Eating together is the principal bond among people. Compulsive eating often emerges in early childhood as a dysfunctional pattern, Dysfunctional eating tends to persist into adult life with bulimia or obesity as one of the many consequences

    The gratification or reward of eating is unmistakable. The prototype of all human desires is hunger. Pleasure has a great deal to do with satisfying hunger. Eating patterns are important social determinants. Eating etiquette governs table behavior and supersedes the biological needs of any individual. Discrimination, inspired by different food preferences, is an important social fact. Eating together indicates social acceptance and tends to cement social relationships. By accepting food from another, you are accepting the other person, his or her values, beliefs, hopes and fears. By refusing the food offered to you are rejecting the other person.

    Intimate relationships often begin with dinner invitations; "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach." Many food-related transactions preoccupy family groups on a daily basis. Implicit food contracts often reflect reward and punishment strategies. Shared food preferences and eating rituals are important to the pleasure bond that keeps couples and families together. The eating patterns of couples and families are defended and one person undergoing dietary revision to correct illness often throws his or her family into a crisis.

    Underlying the social level of eating practice are the organismic determinants and constraints. Eating and sexuality are closely linked. Licking, biting, and chewing are as familiar in sexual metaphor as they are at the dinner table. Odors influence the selection of food as much as the selection of a mate. A person deprived of physical intimacy and affection will often turn to food as a source of gratification. Compulsive over-eating may be a displacement behavior, manifesting the lack of affection and sexual gratification. The hunger for sensual experience is readily displaced from one appetitive goal to another. The control of appetite is not consciously determined.

    The experience of men and women are clearly divergent. The numbers of overweight men and women are about the same but the numbers of women seeking help with weight loss exceeds the numbers of men. Women are more motivated by body image and the desire to be slimmer. Men often wait until they have a major health problem before they seek help. Often, emotional states are consequences and not causes of food problems and disordered eating patterns.

    Alpha Nutrition Program

    The Alpha Nutrition Program text discusses the emotional and behavioral dimensions of diet revision. You need to know about eigenstates, cravings, compulsive eating and the emotional responses to change. Also, consider that some of your emotions such as anger, sadness, or despair may be symptoms of an underlying physical disorder just as a headache is a symptom.

    The first experience of the Alpha Nutrition Program is to retreat to a simple set of foods or to take a food holiday. Successful weight management is an expression of health. Symptoms are an expression of dysfunction and must be resolved early in the stages of diet revision. Basic foods are cooked vegetables, rice, some fruit, poultry and fish. No one gets fat eating rice, vegetables and fruit. You can use a complete meal replacement formula, Alpha ENF, and/or basic foods to clear symptoms and cravings. If you are diabetic, you use Alpha DMX instead of Alpha ENF. Most people with weight issues do not feel well and many are developing or already have related diseases such as arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and atherosclerosis. We start with the assumption that the foods that disturb weight regulation are also creating illness at some level. The illness may be low-grade and may be ignored for a number of years. Or, the illness may be obvious, but is not clearly connected with the food supply. Illness and weight gain go together just as renewed good health goes together with weight loss.

    While the cause and effect sequences of emotions, eating, and weight gain may be difficult to sort out, the important idea is that complete, lasting change in your eating habits requires you to change at all levels. Your attempts to change will bring up emotional issues, and you will acquire new insights into how it all fits together. You are likely to eat too much food when you are short of love and affection, when you feel oppressed, or depressed. Often conflicting feelings and confused motivations capture a person in a vicious cycle of overeating. The basic remedy is to stick with safe foods that do not trigger cravings and compulsive eating. The next step is to get busy and address needs that are not being met. Some women, for example, feel trapped at home, living a socially impoverished and constrained life with few immediate rewards and turn to food for solace.

    Food pleasures may feel illicit. Some women attempt to hide their indulgences or go to extreme lengths to conceal evidence of over-eating (especially weight gain) by inducing vomiting, purging, or exercising in a fanatical manner. A host of desires, fears, frustrations, and inhibitions tend to get focused on food and body image. Food can become a comforter and saboteur at the same time.

    Men also eat and drink to satisfy deep but unfilled desires, but tend not to speak about it. Men's denial tends to be more complete and they seldom admit to feeling guilty. Men tend to become angry and withdrawn whenever their eating and drinking habits are challenged. Anger replaces guilt. Some men can turn their anger into an eating or drinking binge and feel totally justified. They are less motivated by body image, but often want to be associated with an athletic image and many overweight men identify strongly with sports. Even the most overweight, out-of-shape man can still imagine himself on the football field, calling the plays. With a can of beer in one hand and hot dog in the other, a man will protest loudly when the quarterback fumbles the ball. This is an athletic point-of-view that requires no physical fitness. There is a disconnection here between his hidden self-image (the athlete that once was, or could be any minute now) and the reality of the overweight man whose main concern is his supply of beer and snack foods Men as well as women often need to get in touch with themselves and break through mental blocks that resist change. It is just as difficult for an overweight, unfit man to confront himself bare-naked in a full-length mirror. He has to acknowledge what he has become, and think deeply about whom he wants to be.

    Aging is not kind to any of us, but some age-related deterioration and suffering is optional. You can feel better. You can function better. You can aspire to better things in your life.

  • The Book Eating and Weight Management teaches rational food selection, appetite control, weight management. Read this book and use the Alpha Nutrition Program to resolve food-related symptoms, restore more normal appetite regulation and build optimal disease-preventing nutrition. The book reveals the basic concepts of weight management and emphasizes aspects of the Alpha Nutrition Program that are most useful in achieving normal eating behaviors and weight management. Your efforts are first directed toward changing food selection, eating behaviors and increasing physical activity. The Alpha Nutrition Program is a set of instructions and nutrient tools designed to resolve disease through diet revision. The program is nutritional therapy, a personal technology of health restoration and health maintenance. The books is available in a print version and as an inexpensive eBook for download. 148 Pages.

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  • Eating & Weight Starter Pack Help understanding and managing overweight, obesity, and compulsive eating disorders. Includes Alpha ENF, Alpha Nutrition Program, and the book Eating and Weight Management.

    No one should claim that weight loss is easy, but weight management can be pursued in a rational manner with an expectation of success. First, you have to understand that the goal is not really weight loss. The goal is to become a smaller, leaner person and stay that way. The key phrase is "stay that way". A permanent change in food selection and eating behaviors is required for a permanent change in body weight. We like to think that successful weight management is a natural by-product of new healthy habits. A healthy lifestyle means that you feel and act well, you eat well, you exercise, stay in shape, and seek mind-body balance.

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    Alpha ENF is the principle meal replacement formula. Alpha PMX is a fat free version of Alpha ENF can be used as food replacement. Alpha DMX is used instead of Alpha ENF for diabetes 2.

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