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GMO No or Yes?

Genetically modified organisms are plants, animals and other microorganisms that have been genetically altered to give them “special” features. 30 countries in the European Union have either banned or severely restricted GMO crops. The FDA says there is no “material” difference. I buy organic and there is a Non-GMO shopping guide. What are your thoughts? Does it concern you or do you agree with the FDA?
 

Whole Grains or Gluten-Free

Whole grains have gotten some negative press and there has been a big push towards gluten-free. While I agree that those who suffer from celiac disease should definitely stay away from gluten, whole grains provide excellent vitamins and minerals and are slowly digested. Give me a couple of slices of Ezekiel’s sprouted grain bread with a bowl of homemade minestrone soup and I’m a happy woman. What do you think about whole grains? Do you stay away from them?

Trigger Foods

Do you know why you eat half a package of cookies or almost the whole bag of chips? Because it makes you feel better… temporarily. Eating in response to an emotion such as anxiety or loneliness causes habits to be linked to those emotions. If you want to find out what your trigger is, write out a food journal, keeping track of the emotion immediately preceding the habit. Homemade oatmeal raisin cookies are my habit food when I’m anxious. What’s your habit food?

Savor the Flavor

Did you know that the first few bites of your food are the most flavorful? Depending on the food and your hunger, the level of satisfaction diminishes after a few bites. Try this… take a small bite of a food, chew slowly, while savoring the flavor and texture. As you continue to take small bites, carefully notice any change in flavor. We usually eat too quickly to notice this change. This will help to limit overeating and adds enjoyment to meals. What favorite food will you try this with first ______?

The Next Meal is Coming

We all have different patterns of hunger, but if you eat three healthy meals and plan 2-3 snacks to eat when your body needs the energy, you will always know another meal/snack is coming and not be so tempted to overeat “to hold you over”. Make sure to plan ahead for those crazy days and keep nutritious snack foods in small containers. A trigger for overeating is getting too hungry, but you can prevent that with pre-planning and a good grocery list. What can you add to this week’s grocery list for snacks?

The Snack Attack Hour

Do you know what time of day is the most likely time you’ll eat sugary snacks or some kind of junk food? 3:00 pm… Your energy is waning and a candy bar would boost it up, wouldn’t it? Don’t send your blood sugar spiking, only to have it nose dive, leaving you feeling worse. Keep nuts and fruit in your desk for a quick snack… protein and fiber. What else could you plan for a snack?

Kissing or a Snack

If you are attempting to replace that evening snack with another “feel good” distraction, try kissing. Whenever we change a behavior that is done mostly out of habit or triggered by emotion, the best way to stop is to replace it with another healthier option. Eating provides a temporary good feeling but adds unnecessary calories. Kissing causes the release of oxytocin and endorphins. Smooch with your honey or child sound better than chips?