Craving Satisfaction

December 29, 2009

We are what we eat – and assimilate. Sometimes what we DON’T eat (enough of), eats (away at) us.

Although what, when, and how much may vary considerably, food and eating are essential for life. Our relationship to food is among our most important – and affects most of our others. Much of human society, social interactions, and cooperation originated and continues to revolve around food acquisition, preparation, and sharing (even more than mating). There are probably more books (and emotional issues) about food and eating than even sex or religion.

Of all the “commodities” or kinds of (material) “wealth” to control, food (which includes clean water) is the most fundamental – and probably powerful. Humans “work” for many reasons – but food (and drink) is almost always one of them. Without health, other forms of wealth don’t have much value. Gold, silver, land, and other forms of “money” and “property” aren’t worth much if you and/or your family are starving (or dying of thirst) – and can’t trade it (for what you really need).

Food is “medicine” – on many levels. Like a drug, it may make us well, and it may make us sick (and in need of care) – depending upon what and how much is used, when, by whom, and why. Eating (or otherwise satisfying our appetite for something) is, or can be, among life’s greatest pleasures.

Motivational speaker Les Brown is famous for saying, “You gotta be hungry!” Unfortunately, many people are. Others aren’t nearly enough. Feeling fulfilled usually requires more than just feeling full – and a healthy appetite is one that craves more than just food.

Chronic dehydration (and lack of sufficient quality sleep) are as big problems in the world today as malnutrition and famine. Lack of food (or sleep) is seldom a matter of there not being enough (available); it’s usually more a matter of access, awareness, and distribution.

Overeating is usually an indicator that some other need is not being met. The human body is designed to use what it can and get rid of the rest. Storing excess consumption (usually as fat) is a protective mechanism – to prepare for (an unconsciously anticipated) future shortage or to reduce unwanted advances and unwelcome attention.

Humans hunger for and crave many things – for many reasons. Food, sustenance, and satisfaction come in many forms. What our hearts, minds, and souls crave matters more than what is (or is not) in our mouths, stomachs, or tissues. We may need to eat to live, but food is more than just fuel – and life is more than just blood sugar and nutrition. A “full plate” usually still has room for more (of what really matters). Among the few things we can control are what goes into and comes out of our mouths. What do YOU hunger for? What feeds, nurtures, and satisfies YOUR soul? What do YOU crave and/or require (more of)? Chips and salsa? Pastry? Lobster? Love? Do you want fries with that? What’s for dessert? Do you hunger for than just food? I hunger to hear from you. How ’bout some “feedback”?

© 2009 – 2015, Oren Pardes. All rights reserved.

5 Responses to “Craving Satisfaction”

  1. I’m not sure if I found your blog through facebook or twitter, but I’m glad I did! This is a wonderful article that speaks to the heart of a lot of health problems today.

    Too often we forget that everything we eat – or as you say, don’t eat – gives or withholds vital nutrients, minerals and active compounds. This is why supplementation is essential but maybe even more essential is remembering that that supplementation does not give you a “get out of jail free card” to eat junk. You get out… what you put in… junk in, junk out. If you want to function at your peak you must provide your body with peak fuel.


  2. I’m glad you found it, too. Thanks for your comment. Eating is usually most enjoyable as a social activity. So is blogging.

    The Standard American Diet is SAD. Even more sad is that much of what’s often eaten (most) isn’t really even “food”. Eating according to the USDA Food Pyramid is likely to leave people looking like the pyramid – and growing wider on their way down. There is a LOT of controversy about what to eat. This is partly because no single “diet” is appropriate for everyone – or even the same people all the time. It is also because many people are trying to promote their product(s).
    Supplementation is just that: supplementation. It can sometimes make a huge positive difference in health, performance, mood, mental clarity, aging, and appearance, but supplementation (alone) cannot make up for whatever else is or is not eaten.

    While less is not always more, when it comes to what we eat, less is usually best. The ideal would be low quantity and high quality. A lot of “hunger” that is not emotional or the result of a nutritional deficiency is actually dehydration. Water intake is usually more important than food. So is sleep. Most people don’t get enough. While our food intake can change how we look even more than exercise, physical activity often tends to reduce, rather than increase, our appetites, urges, and actual requirements for feeding our faces.

    Food is important. Food is fundamental. But there are many other things that feed and fuel us. I thrive on interaction. Thanks so much for sharing your perspective – and allowing me the opportunity to discover what else I had to say.

  3. Hi Oren,
    interesting post great point of views about food I’ve never seen so far, for example that lack of sleep may be a common problem today. Keep up your great work.
    Take care

  4. Ironically, not sleeping enough may contribute as much or more to obesity than not exercising enough…. Sunlight is generally good for people – as long as exposure doesn’t result in skin burn, and tends to influence many physical rhythms. Artificial lighting often tends to keep people awake at night far past when they might otherwise be in bed – but I hope nobody loses any sleep thinking about this.

  5. Hey Oren,

    You got good stuff going here.
    I like the comment “Food is “medicine” – on many levels.”
    It fits nicely into my niche as well.

    What you are telling us in your article helps to somewhat understand how we (the American society) are the most overfed but yet at the same time, the most malnourished people in the world!

    Somewhere we have lost the real nutrients that our body is crying out for.

    You’ve got a good way here of raising the issue.


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