The Pleasure Trap….Or, How to Break Your Bad Food Addiction

Have you ever heard of The Pleasure Trap? I hadn’t either until I saw this TED video by Douglas Lisle.

It’s excellent! He gives great information about how processed foods have interfered with the normal amount of happiness we derive from natural foods. It’s very similar to the effect found from drugs……yes, drugs.

The best way to break the cycle and reset your system is through fasting. This video was the tipping point in my decision to do a water fast and reset my own pallet.

Again, great video.


My BloodWork History….OR, Why I am in trouble……

Let’s take a look at one area of my life that I need to turn around… terrible blood-work.

From a year and a half ago:

Name Value Reference Range
CHOLESTEROL, TOTAL 191 125-200 mg/dL
HDL CHOLESTEROL 37 > OR = 40 mg/dL
TRIGLYCERIDES 249 <150 mg/dL
LDL-CHOLESTEROL 104 <130 mg/dL (calc)
CHOL/HDLC RATIO 5.2 < OR = 5.0 (calc)

From three months ago:

Name Value Reference Range
TRIGLYCERIDES 357 <150 mg/dL
HDL CHOLESTEROL 41 > OR = 40 mg/dL
CHOLESTEROL, TOTAL 253 125-200 mg/dL
LDL-CHOLESTEROL 141 <130 mg/dL (calc)
CHOL/HDLC RATIO 6.2 < OR = 5.0 (calc)

I’m a science guy and know that charts show off information best…….So:

The Bad News

The Bad News

It’s so obvious that not only are the numbers bad…….they are much worse than then year before.  This is why my doctor was giving me the evil eye and wanting to give me cholesterol medicine. The worst is that I haven’t changed!  That’s why when I read this story in the New York Times: The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food …….a lot of things made sense. It’s no wonder that changing my diet has been SO difficult.