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How Much Do Processed and Refined Foods Affect You?

A quiz for today: Carbohydrate Addiction (The bad kind of carbs – not the good ones)
Although the source from which this quiz came titles it the “Official Carbohydrate Quiz”, I have found through personal experience and client case studies that a more accurate title would be “Processed and Refined Food Addiction Quiz”.

Answer Yes or No to the following 10 questions:

1. After a full breakfast, do you get hungry before it’s time for lunch?

2. Do you have a difficult time stopping, once you start to eat starches, snack foods, junk food, or sweets?

3. Do you sometimes feel unsatisfied even though you have just finished a meal?

4. Does the sight, smell, or even the thought of food, sometimes stimulate you to eat?

5. Do you sometimes eat even though you are not really hungry?

6. Are you sometimes unable to keep from snacking at night?

7. After a large meal, do you feel very sluggish, almost drugged?

8. Do you get inexplicably tired and/or hungry in the afternoon?

9. Have you at times continued eating even though you felt uncomfortably full?

10. Have you been on diet after diet, only to lose weight then regain it again?

Total Number of ‘Yes’ answers: ______

0 – 2 You do not appear to be carbohydrate addicted.

3 -4 You appear to have a mild carbohydrate addiction which, at times you may be able to control (although not always) and with some difficulty.

5 – 7 Your score indicates that you are moderately addicted to carbohydrates. At times you may be able to control your eating, but you may find that
stress, premenstrual changes, tiredness, boredom, unexpressed anger or pressure may increase your carbohydrate cravings.

8 – 10 You have scored in the severe carbohydrate addiction range. You may be struggling to control your eating without realizing that your
body has been fighting you, literally driving you to eat and then storing the excess food energy as fat.

If your score indicates that you are a carbohydrate addict (mild, moderate, or severe), you are not alone. Most carbohydrate addicts have a strong or recurring
desire for breads and other starches, for junk food and snack foods, or for sweets. Carbohydrate addicts have a tendency to put on weight easily and, when
they do lose weight, they usually regain it fairly quickly.

Sugar vs Fat

I love it when mainstream media publishes these! Check out this great article and case study:

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/twin-brothers-act-guinea-pigs-sugar-v-fat-190600102.html

Excerpt:

“We should not vilify a single nutrient…” Chris told the Sunday Express. “It is too easy to demonize fat or sugar but that enables you to let yourself off the hook in other ways. The enemy is right in front of us in the shape of processed foods.”

The brothers concluded that searching for “one toxic ingredient” was fruitless and we should rather be watching calories, portion size, and eating whole foods whenever possible. Its an un-sexy approach that won’t spark any diet crazes or launch a bestseller, but could actually work.