Food is, as defined by the laws of nature, is meant for consummation to fuel the body for physical exertion, mental usage, organ function, and ultimately organismic survival.
In today’s society (mostly western) consummation of food is practiced as a pleasure activity, a practice of unneeded fat accumulation, an unnecessary addiction. Food is everywhere, and is used as a means for comfort and for immediate pleasure. The TASTE of the food is the most important part (for the ‘blinded’ ones), NOT the quality. People in today’s society get pleasure purely from the taste and not of how the food makes their body feel during or after consummation. –Similarly, this makes me think of many unconscious practices today that focus on quick pleasures: Watching movies or TV shows that provide high stimulating of the senses, amusement parks, video games, thrill activities, what else (there’s so much more!)?
Food process: Our stomach communicates to our brain that we are hungry. We then go search for food (and delicious, incredibly tasty food is likely not too far away: restaurants, cafes, fast food, candies—all tastes very good and give instant satisfaction and pleasure). Then we eat it and it tastes so good and we feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But we’re programmed to eat three times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whereas, this really isn’t the way nature made us to consume: More than likely we were meant to go days without food (as in the hunter and gather days, food was not plentiful and we had to either search out for fruits and veggies, and/or hunt for game). Then once we found it, likely engorge in it and feed ourselves until we were full and satisfied (to replenish the calories we burned and weight we lost in the days without food and to also prepare for future starvation).
Today we eat three meals a day, but what for? Food is made to replenish calories burned and heal our muscles (with protein), but all we do is sit around and use our brains for work/school purposes, more often than not. Yet we follow everyone else and eat three meals a day, accumulating more and more fat as we refuse to exercise (even though we know we should) and enjoy and become addicted to the pleasure of eating more (more than likely a pleasure used to fill the void in our soul of all the emptiness we feel inside, and all the loneliness we feel and lack of self-understanding). And for many, I’m sure, the act of eating food for pleasure becomes even more tempting to use solely for temporarily relief from guilt of not exercising (as they know they should), or feelings of guilt in general, anger, depression, anxiety, or any other self-sabotaging, unpleasant emotions.
Our society supports this malicious habit through consumerism and taking advantage of citizen’s stupidity or lack of consciousness. No one, it seems, realizes that consumerism has you by the neck and is influencing you and your animalistic urges, successfully, through advertisements and quick pleasures to allow your ego to drive you instead of your conscious mind and ‘higher brain.’ Once they have you hooked, they’ll continue to make money from you and love you and care for your every ‘need’ (or is it your ego’s every need?). Yes, they are manipulative and evil indeed.
Of course, everyone follows this habit without thinking twice; as ‘everyone’ loves and is attracted to quick fixes and pleasures now a days. Why the heck not? It’s so pleasurable and enjoyable, and yet is affordable and easily available! (the fools state of consciousness; oooh isn’t it mind numbingly humorous).
Aw, thank you for the kinds words, Jack! I’m working on an article that I want to release tomorrow at some point, and your post here about fast food and impulsive eating aligns perfectly with a portion of the article. Infinite thanks; I will be sending you a personal message the moment it’s posted! : )
I’ve thought about this a lot and trained myself to recognize marketing strategies. I am actually a marketing major (don’t hate me) so it’s funny that if I notice a really good marketing technique I’ll actually refuse to buy the product. I can be quite hard headed.
As for food, it’s been a long, and on-going process, but I’m slowly trying to push myself away from all the crap that’s out there. I started with eating more vegetables and actually appreciating the flavors and textures they provide. I’m happy to say I crave them now. Then my New Years Resolution last year was to stop eating red meat and about mid-year I decided to only eat fish and only have clear sodas without caffeine (I know the clear doesn’t really matter, it was more of a baby step). This helped me to cut back on fast food sooo much! And with my consumption of meat and fast food cut down tremendously I was able to recognize how awesome I felt when I ate fruits and vegetables on the regular. My resolutions for this coming year are to not have soda and fast food at all (excluding sandwich places and Chipotle and things of that nature). I still have a long way to go and I feel like a hypocrite judging other people for eating so poorly :( But I just think to myself, if I’m able to change then maybe other people will notice and it will motivate them in turn. Domino effect. Then! Maybe one day our society will open it’s eyes :)
I hope this gives you a more beneficial aspect on this topic
@jpete011, I do a lot of talking about concepts and how our reasoning skills are supposed to be a tool that enhance our instinctive qualities for survival, prosperity, ease of living, pleasure and desire. A lot of this work is done in the sense of morality and appropriate interaction with others, but it refers to every behaviour we have, the spirit of my philosophy is interpretable to every possible human situation.
Hunger gives us pain as eating gives us pleasure, just like sex this is motivation to engage in the deeds, but concepts of moderation and discipline are things we need to approach these with a reasonable objectivity to find the best possible applications of such compulsions.
As I have a generalized view of beneficial applications of human compulsion, things like this post are much more specific details of that theme, the specifics I lack the comprehensive knowledge of, things much needed. Cheers for this. I would never expect complete objectivity from people, as it probably isn’t even possible, but solid logical points made in opinion work toward a well rounded view. Keep it up.
I agree. Yet we cannot actually go for 3 days without eating. Well we can but that only makes us weak. I don’t really know how to describe my eating habits though. Sometimes I eat once a day, sometimes I eat all day long, depending on my economical status. But here’s a secret for you all:
people nowadays do eat for immediate pleasure, with additives such as MSG, which makes our tongue dull. But when you cut off those (and other things like meat for example) your tasting sense increases considerably. And with time stuff such as MSG begin to taste for themselves whenever you eat it and its annoying, the same with sugar, and salt, then about everything they sell in stores tastes wither like msg, sugar, or soy lecitin (as was my last experience eating a cheap chocolate). Anyway, once you start to eat healthy, you develop a much more pleasant taste for food