December 7, 2012
You’re not really hungry…are you?
I was on facebook browsing around and found a super interesting article that one of my friends posted about from NPR. Here’s basically what it said:
In an experiment, people who saw a picture of a big bowl of soup before eating lunch were less hungry a few hours later than those who saw a smaller bowl, regardless of how much they ate at the meal.
The researchers who did the experiment said that the mind just REMEMBERS what you had last. So if you are distracted while eating, like you are watching TV or checking your phone while eating, your mind is less likely to register how much you ate…making you think you didn’t really eat that much. Therefore, making your more hungry later on.
This is interesting because I’ve always heard the whole pay attention to your food/chew slowly/concentrate while you eat thing so that you will not overeat in one sitting. But this study takes it to another level – how you think you ate at one meal will affect how you eat at the next.
But if you’re snacking mindlessly all day long on dried nuts and fruit or M&Ms, you don’t think you had anything even though the calories are high. Your meal doesn’t seem significant enough in your head to register as “I have been fed.”
That’s why it is so important to not only fill your stomach up with good nutritious foods (fill it up mostly with veggies because they are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals AND they take up a lot of space for the least calories) but to let you mind know that you have eaten. I know it sounds weird…like you’re thinking…my stomach will tell me when it’s full and when it’s hungry! Yeahhhhh…but remember what else? Your mind controls your body. Your muscles. Your organs. Your whole being – mentally, physically, spiritually – it’s all connected!
So the main message here is: BE CONSCIOUS. BE PRESENT.
If you are eating, savor the flavors in your mouth! Remember those sweet cranberries squishing around your mouth along with the crunchy walnuts and fresh goat cheese salad…take your time to chew and eat in the moment!
If you are working out, concentrate on the muscle you wanna work! Even if you’re running and you want nice abs, suck your stomach in and tighten them as you speed ahead! You’ll be surprised at how sore your abs may be the next day! Mind to the muscle!
If you are hanging out with a friend, HANG OUT WITH THEM! Put your phone down and how about you actually talk to each other and share stories without being interrupted by a text from someone who isn’t even present with you?
Everything you do, do it with a purpose and do it with passion. Same with the food. Eat to fuel – do not eat mindlessly.
Also! What do y’all think of the new YouTube layout? Do you like it? One of my channels actually got to see it a couple months ago. I’m sad that they took away my cute subscribe button, but oh well whatevs! I know YouTube makes changes for the better!
And since we are on the topic!
Are you subbed to both of my channels? The only reason I am asking is because I see some people downloading the #DashingDecember calendar then asking where my videos are or what videos I am talking about. I suppose this is a problem if you find the blog before you find the channel!
So here’s where you need to subscribe…by subscribing it helps me continue to make videos, and better, longer videos too…so it really really helps our Community!
+1 gold star when u sub my MAIN WORKOUT CHANNEL: youtube.com/Blogilates
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+1 sparkly pink iridescent star when u sub both channels!
How many stars do you have? You better have all 3!!!
Ok my beauties! I love you so much. Have a wonderful workout and great job nearly completing your first week of #DashingDecember! Power on!