Eating May Be Addictive
Written by Diet Bites
No kidding, Dick Tracy. Nonetheless, we've got some skinny solutions to ponder during this festive time of year - more festive for some, than others.....
So what does one do when one must live to eat? Although we must eat to live, many of we-humans live to eat. Somewhere along the tracks, our appetite became bigger than our brain and our chew-chew became derailed.
There is nothing quite like a Diet Train Wreck - and to rectify this vicious Circle of Eating, we must 're-train' and get right back on track. Here are a few suggestions that may work for you:
Rather than zipping through foods during the day - STOP-LOOK-LISTEN to your body talk. Ask these questions:
- Why am I eating right now? Snack time? Meal time? Or just because I wanna eat time?
- What is a serving size? I'm not eating more than a serving size, am I?
- Is this food selection in the official Food Pyramid? Unfortunately, cookies, cupcakes and candy reside in the 'Minimal Fat' block of the old Food Pyramid and it doesn't take much to meet and/or exceed 'minimal' when it comes to sugar-filled foods.
Stick to sugarplums - without the sugar and your waistline, scales and Tooth Fairy will love you forever!
- How many calories have I had today? Did I exceed my calorie needs? If so, by how much? Keep in mind that it takes 3,500 calories over your daily calorie needs to equal a pound of weight gain.
- Did I just wolf down my food with no Red Riding Hood in sight? If so, why? Was I nervous? Stressed out? Too tired to give a whang? Too hungry?
My dear old mother has a funny story from her childhood that she has shared with me often over the years. Coming from a large brood, meal time and 1 chicken often meant that those quickest on the draw got white meat while the slow-pokes often ended up with the neck. More than once my mother remembers my grandmother saying, " Slow down! Are you going to a fire?"
There is an important lesson in the above. Not only do we look " more marvelous" when we take time to eat, we also " feel more marvelous" when we take time to eat AND we are giving our brains time to register the food we are eating. In addition, eating too fast can create digestive woes - such as chunks of foods that are quite large to breakdown and digest, as well as gas and bloating issues. Part 2