The first answer that comes to mind is, because we are hungry; however it is very seldom that simple. The biological answer is, to provide the nutrients for energy and materials for growth and repair. The real answer is more like: boredom, depression, thirst, habit socialization, and pleasure. Eating is strongly tied to our very being which is why so many of our social interactions take place around food. We have “comfort foods” because they make us feel better both physically and mentally. Many of us have a strong cultural identity built around certain foods. For these reasons strict diets that eliminate the foods we identify with are destined to fail. When you begin to modify your eating, take baby steps. Allow yourself times to experience food for pleasure. Avoid the fear and anxiety of perfect eating sometimes referred to as Orthorexia nervosa, just work to make better choices. Next I am going to look at the three main parts of food (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) and try to clear up some of the misconceptions that we have been told.
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