Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Nov 26, 2020

The holiday season in America comes with a lot of food. There’s really no way around it. We’re going to be offered things we would never normally eat. But for some reason, we will eat them. And we’ll keep eating, probably till we feel sick. You may think doing this every once in a while is no big deal. But overeating comes with consequences.

Welcome to Fatal Conveniences

This is a bite-sized segment that parallels The Darin Olien Show. In these segments, we get into society's Fatal Conveniences™. I define these as the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to. These things save us time and trick us into thinking they're actually good for us. But it's those same things that are breaking down our health and the health of the environment around us.

I've spent most of my adult life obsessively researching these "conveniences." On every show, I pick one topic, and we dive into it. My goal is to make you more aware of these traps so that you can push back on them. Remember, it starts with you and the choices you make. 

So, if you're willing to look at your world from a different perspective and make little tweaks that amount to big changes, then this segment is for you.

It’s not that we’re addicted to food. It’s more that we’re addicted to eating.

The holiday season always gets me thinking about the amount of food considered normal in our culture. Americans sure know how to eat. But have you ever wondered how we got here? Why are we eating so much when we don’t need to? And what is it doing to our bodies?

The truth is, it’s not just humans that overeat. When animals have access to a never-ending food supply, they overeat too. Why? Because we’re supposed to work for our food! We’re supposed to forage. We’re supposed to peel, carve, chop, carry, prepare. We’re not supposed to open a box, hit start on the microwave, and eat. 

In the segment, I get into the multi-faceted topic of overeating. There’s lots that goes into this, guys. But the bottom line is, processed foods high in sugar, fat, and salt keep us coming back for more. We crave them. But there is good news. If you stop eating them, you’ll stop craving them. It really is that simple. I want you all to work more whole foods into your diet. Fresh, healthy fruit, vegetables, nuts, and legumes; that’s what we need more of. So as we go through this holiday season in such a different way than years past, let’s insert some new healthy traditions in there as well. 

Other great information in this segment:

  • The evolution of overeating
  • Our overabundance of food
  • How we got here
  • The dangers of processed foods
  • Fat, Sugar and Salt
  • Why we’re no better than baboons
  • How the human body reacts to excess calories

Links & Resources:

Undervalued and Ignored

An Interview With Jeff Novick

Does Food Addiction Exist?

Limbic Activation During Cue-Induced Cocaine Craving

Body Size and Fatness of Free-Living Baboons

An Evolutionary Perspective of Nutrition 

Foods are Differentially Associated

Eating Addiction 

Food Addiction: True or False

Salt Sugar Fat

Ultra Processed Foods Cause Weight Gain

Netflix’ Down To Earth’ Official Trailer

Download Darin’s amazing new lifestyle app and get 3 days free at

Barukas Nuts 15% discount with code “DARIN”

Want more great info on how to detoxify your life? Sign up for my Fatal Conveniences™ emails

The Darin Olien Show is produced by the team at Must Amplify. If you’re looking to give a voice to your brand, and make sure that it’s heard by the right people, head to to see what Amplify can do for you.