For those who do not know me, I am Dr. Joseph Claiborne (the bald one in the title picture). I would personally like to thank you for coming to the blog today. When I think of why I like to cook, I usually reply because its fun, it allows me to creative, bring people together, and teaches me application of science. I actually learned to make some of my best dishes by thinking of physics, chemistry and social science. NO LIE!
However, a deeper question that I have asked myself over the last year: Why do I like to eat? Now most people are probably thinking: because you like to cook, you are really a fat kid at heart, or because you are really active. But truly, Why do I like to eat? Why do I go through great extents to find the best brunch, or such through Yelp for reviews, research different blogs and perspectives to get the same recipe in a different order? Why am I not satisfied with my daily meals? The short answer is out of habits.
We eat to have and use energy . The body is amazing in that it automatically does 2 things with the food you give it: Use (Store and build ) or Use (breakdown and get rid of Waste). As just like people who have a lot of money, your body wants to hold on to it. So I like to think of energy as money. You don’t want to have too much and be bored but you don’t want to be broke either. The sources of that energy comes through Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat. Carbohydrates or Carbs (Sugar or Glucose) are like Cash- they are quick and accepted everywhere; protein like a debit card it can be used like cash but you have to replenish it or you will get an overdraft (We all know what an overdraft fee feels like, thats what happens when you don’t eat enough protein). Fat is like your rainy day savings. This account will give you the most appreciated return because over time you invested in it, stored it away consistently for a time when you need it. YOU NEVER EVER WHAT TO GO INTO SAVINGS UNLESS ITS NECESSARY!
As an efficient machine your body is not interested in wasting any amount of energy (money; aheem neither should any of us) even down to the last molecule (penny). As such such every time the body gets “paid” it uses cash for itself to grow and saves some for the future for itself. The way that our body grows is from glucose or Carbohydrates through the hormone Insulin. Every time you eat you release insulin, but only what you need. You eat a little, you get a little insulin. You eat a thanksgiving meal, you get a thankful portion of insulin released. So every time you eat, you release insulin and you use glucose to grow cells, when you grow cells you store some away as fat, in proportion of every meal.
But even before the food gets to the stomach, digestion starts. The Brain directs the hormones that flow through the blood that is pumped by the heart to the organs to receive a signal to do something. This signal begins in a placed called the hypothalamus, travels to your stomach telling it to make acid to break down the food that is preparing to ate and when the food gets into the stomach the wall stretch which that signal your pancreas to release insulin, which will allow glucose to go into your cells to help you grow. But if we are thinking about food that means your brain is signaling your stomach to signal to your pancreas to get release insulin automatically and on schedule. Anytime you have an overproduction or under production of a chemical you have a disease. This particular disease is Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus— eg Pancreas Resistance to the Insulin signal.
So what am I saying? Plainly put our societal high BMI, weekend brunches and out of control proportions has led Type 2 Diabetes to be one of the number one predictors of mortality in the world and quickly become an accepted norm in our society.For The Young and Hungry, continue below.
Did you know that any chemical consistently elevated in the body above its normal upper limit for 2-3 weeks will cause an addiction.Why? For example (HERE COMES SCIENCE) alcohol is a water soluble molecule, it causes increased acid in your body and breaks down protein. It is water soluble because it dissolves in your blood. Under normal circumstances, your blood alcohol should be zero. But when you drink, your blood alcohol level becomes elevated and your body uses energy to get rid of it. However, if you consistently drink alcohol everyday for 2 weeks you will develop alcoholism, because of that consistently high level that your body can’t get rid of the alcohol and you become an alcoholic.
Food is that same way because Insulin is chemical. If we are constantly bombarded with food, does that mean we are addicted to eating? Possibly. To break this addiction, all you need is one thing: discipline. Limit your caloric intake and then only eat what you need for the day at those scheduled times.
To The Young and Hungry, I am here to give you the risks and benefits of your current eating choices and present to you as many alternative options (NOT ALTERNATIVE FACTS) and humor so that you can make an informed decision about your lifestyle. I am not your doctor and don’t know your full medical history, current medications that you are prescribed by your doctor or off label stuff you take from your family, cause you heard it could do something in some way. As such, any recipe on this blog should be considered as an option and talked over with your doctor or nutritionist who knows you. Of course I will be happy to answer general questions ( leave in the comment section) about the recipe, the food or inspiration, but your medical information is private and special. Please protect it over the internet.
Till next time Chumps,
“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” Ecc 9:7
Thank You for reading this and I look forward to showing you whats next.
Dr. Joe Claiborne MD