Break Bad Eating Habits

I came across a great article in the Press Telegram the other day about nutrition and how to better understand and take control of your eating habits.

LeeAnn Weintraub, M.P.H., R.D states Are you someone who always gets popcorn at the movie theater or heads for the concessions stands at the ball game? What about late-night snacking on the couch while watching television? USC researchers recently gained interesting insight into why bad eating habits can be so hard to break. In an experiment, people entering a movie theater were given a bucket of either fresh popcorn or stale, week-old popcorn. The results were surprising: Those who didn’t usually eat popcorn at the movies ate much less stale popcorn than fresh popcorn. However, people who said they typically eat popcorn at the movies ate about the same amount of popcorn whether it was stale or fresh. For moviegoers with a habit of eating popcorn at the theater, the taste of the popcorn did not matter like it did for those who didn’t have a popcorn-eating habit. These results show that when we have eaten a certain food in a certain environment – such as in a movie theater or at a ball game – the brain starts to make a connection between the two despite the taste of the food or our appetites at any given time. This can be a major factor leading to overeating and mindless eating. In another experiment that looked at disruption of automatic eating habits, researchers asked moviegoers to eat stale or fresh popcorn with either their dominant or non-dominant hand. When using the non-dominant hand, people ate much less of the stale popcorn. That held true even for those who had a habit of eating popcorn at the theater. This shows that bringing awareness to eating can help break eating habits and curb overeating. If you are working on controlling your weight or changing your eating habits, think about environmental factors that could be affecting your results. Do you find that you eat healthfully at home, but always splurge when dining out? Do you reach for sweets or fattening snacks when your stress level is up? Try to eliminate factors or environments that cue your own poor eating behaviors. Of course, this practice takes some self-reflection and personal awareness. Ease into change and choose one bad habit to tackle at a time. Here are tips to help you break the cycle of bad eating habits: Get eight hours of sleep at night to help fight fatigue, which can cause overeating.

*Avoid grocery shopping when hungry.

*Eat meals sitting down, without any distractions such as the television or

*Eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast can lead to overeating and poor food
choices later in the day.

*Practice stress management through exercise, relaxation or whatever works for

*Think about how you and your family can create some new healthy eating habits
for life:

*Plan to have family meals certain nights of the week and stick to it.

*Make a habit of visiting your neighborhood farmers’ market and bring home
some fresh fruits and veggies.

*Take a walk after dinner.

*Take a homemade picnic with you to the ball game or concert to avoid buying
food at the concessions. This will save you money as well as calories.

*Keep healthy snacks on hand for when hunger strikes….

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Jack Nunn

Jack Nunn is the head trainer and owner of Roworx. Jack is a former national team rower who has competed in more than 100 triathlons, including 9 full Ironmans. He has created a system of rowing that prepares the whole body for both competition and fitness longevity.

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