Wrap Your Head Around Food

Believe it or not, there are times when eating healthy food can work against you. Say for instance you choose to eat a salad over a cheeseburger. When you order that salad you could be underestimating the calories and your brain may play a trick on you that leaves you feeling hungry. Avoid this trick that your body can play on you:

Don’t underestimate and always look at the nutrition information. It’s easy to undervalue calories of a salad from a restaurant that is loaded with dressing and other extras that can add up to more calories and fat than a big cheeseburger.  

Beware of your subconscious. Studies show that when people believe food is healthy, they experience that food as being less filling.

Eat mindfully. Listen to two important cues; hunger and fullness. Use your senses to pay attention to how your food looks, smells and tastes and finally, focus on food as fuel for your body.  

This doesn’t mean that a salad isn’t a good choice. When selecting foods choose what will satisfy your hunger. If you’re hungry eat a filling meal that includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and heart healthy fats.

“Plant a radish, get a radish, never any doubt. That's why I love vegetables, you know what they're about!”   Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt