Monthly Archives: November 2011

Pack the Goodies Away

Food is very abundant throughout the holidays making consuming healthy portions tougher. Do you have candy dishes on display “for company” or plates of cookies for visiting relatives? In studies done by Brian Wansink PhD, of Cornell Food and Brand Lab, visible food triggers are difficult to resist. Unless you want to battle and overeat, don’t leave the food out. Package it up and store it away until company comes to visit. Making it a little less convenient to munch on junk food will save you calories.

Happiness in the Present

If you are waiting for happiness to come your way, take a tip from those who intuitively know that it’s your thoughts and your behavior that determine whether you share that blissful feeling. Live for the present moment, taking time to notice all the positive things, people and events that cross your path and don’t waste precious time worrying about the future or reliving past hurts. You may miss out on the beauty, joy or love right before your eyes.

A Memorable Thanksgiving Day

As you prepare for Thanksgiving Day, take the stress out of it by remembering that the day is for being grateful for our blessings. Instead of trying to have a picture perfect dinner with a fabulous table setting, sharing time with your family and friends makes it memorable, even if you mess up a recipe. Your kids, whether young or grown, will not remember some gourmet meal, but they sure will remember a decent dinner made will laughter and love.

Talking With Your Hands

Do you talk with your hands? The next time someone teases you for waving your hands while talking, tell them you have the ability to solve more complex spatial visualization problems. Psychologists at the University of Birmingham in England published their study results stating that hand gestures improved spatial visualization by helping a person keep track of an object in the mind as it is rotated to a new position. This visualization is important for artists, scientists, interior decorators, air traffic controllers and many other careers. Hand gestures… one of those quirky personality traits that turns out to be a real positive…

Peppermint and Hunger

Just as the aroma of food wafting through the air can entice us to eat, smelling peppermint can distract you from hunger and you tend to eat less. A study done by psychologist Bryan Raudenbush, a professor at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, concluded that peppermint scent may also control cravings from emotional hunger. Eating peppermint candy or chewing gum does not work, so use peppermint oil.

Do You Love Your Food?

Did you ever eat food that you didn’t really love? Maybe you thought you’d like it, but it didn’t taste quite as yummy as you expected, but you ate it anyway. Consciously choose to eat only the foods you really love, when you are physically hungry and stopping before you reach total fullness. If you only love sweets, you obviously need to choose some healthy foods that you like (you can’t dislike them all) but don’t waste calories on foods you don’t really enjoy. My favorite food is my husband’s spicy chili. What is your favorite food?