As we are already aware, many food addictions start when we are very young; infants in fact, and can also be brought forward from our ancestral matrix. Whole cultures bring forward certain patterns and eating habits that do not get questioned because its part of our cultural conditioning and so we keep passing on the same food habits to our children. An example of unquestioned conditioning is a story I heard from a keynote speaker once. She asked her mom why she always cut the ends off the ham before placing it in the roasting pan. Her mom replied that this was the way her mom had taught her to roast a ham. And when they asked the grandmother and great grandmother, who was still alive, why she cut the ends off the ham, great grandmother replied, "so that it would fit in the roasting pan." The guest speaker shouted from the stage, "folks, the buck stops with me." She was willing to clear the conditioning.
Last month we identified late night snacking as a food imprint that carried over into adulthood. The correlation here between food imprinting and food addictions is that snack food became more unhealthy as we moved into a new era of preservatives and chemicals in our food and especially snack food. It became extremely difficult to release food imprints because there was now a whole generation of addicted food junkies. Remember the white flour Wonder Bread? Gluten became an addiction which has personally taken me years to get all that glue out of my organs.
Another correlation between food imprinting and subsequent food addictions was emotional eating, overeating. I grew up in the era where kids were conditioned to play quiet, be quiet in church, be quiet in school, be quiet at the dinner table, be quiet when put to bed and don't talk when adults are visiting. The one thing we were allowed to do was overeat, suppressing our self expressions with food, eventually becoming addicted to emotional eating. This is still the case today, only now we are poisoning our children with non-food items touted to be healthy food for growing children for the sake of convenience in the busy world of adults with no time to sit down and share meals as a family.
How did we become such an addictive society so rapidly? Prescription drugs such as Ritalin were unleashed in the market place as the solution to eating disorders, disruptive behaviours and extreme anxiety disorders in our kids. We thought we were giving our children all the nutritional requirements needed, doling out vitamin supplements along with the prescription drugs, fortified nutritional foods and drinks for families on the go but little did we know that macaroni and cheese is not real food. Yet it is interesting to note that there were many parents who were beginning to realize the absolute necessity of changing their diets to incorporate more healthy choices but now they faced the challenge of coaxing their children to switch from eating pastas and sugared cereals to leafy greens and vegetables. The addictions to white flour, starches, and sugar was already imprinted. We all know what a sugar high feels like.
Once kids get a taste for prescription drugs, the addictions for chemical substances start to accelerate. The body always wants more of what you habitually give it. Filling a void, denial, wanting to feel better yet with addictions you never truly feel better, you actually start feeling worse. You feel guilt when you eat and say things like, "this isn't good for me, its not really healthy, its going to make me fatter but just one time and then I'll stop." And this dialog plays out over and over again as we spiral downward into self judgment, victimhood, weight gain, incessant overeating, boredom and depression. Our emotions and feelings run out of control and we begin to experience minor health problems, which if ignored turn into major health crisis. Eventually, awareness is the only way out; understanding that underneath these addictions is the first addiction, that of "food" and the conditioning of food imprinting.
Refence: By Wind Walrath is the author of two books and the partner of Charles Holmes - the founder of Conscious Planet. Over the years, she has worked closely with him: teaching, mentoring, and helping others detoxify and rejuvenating the mind, body and soul