More and more evidence is showing up that your microbiota can affect your mental health. In other words, eat you probiotic yogurt.
Turns out “gut feeling” is more than just a fancy name for intuition. Our small and large intestine, and the trillions of bacteria that call it home, are more important than ever imagined for influencing our mood, our anxiety, our choices, and even our personalities. This week Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen goes straight for the gut with three surprising mind-gut connections.
Ellen Hendriksen, PhD | December 23, 2016 | Quickanddirtytips.com
Great tip for feeling fuller on less calories: start your meal with a thick low-cal soup. The article below explains. (I got myself an immersion blender, which makes great pureed soups with minimum effort)
And why it sometimes has an edge over solid food
Aside from the embarrassment, smelly farts increase the risk of bowel cancer. According to new research, protein (meat, eggs, dairy, etc) is a main culprit. But you can reduce their smelly effects by mixing them with resistant starch and fructans, found in such foods bananas, legumes, wheat, asparagus, etc. That goes against the conventional wisdom of avoiding fibre.
Alice Klein | 14 October 2016 | New Scientist
“Food cues. They make you eat more.” — Hedy Kober, Yale University
Removing temptations (sight or smell) from your environment can go a long way to achieve your diet goals. You can’t do it everywhere, but where you can, such as your home or office desk, it’s an easy way to regulate your hedonic reward system and avoid unwanted calories. Details on how it works:
By Tamar Haspel | October 06, 2016 | Discover
To lose that extra weight, think less about food and more about environment.
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My last post, 9 Foods That Make You Hungrier, referred to an article listing snacks to avoid if you are trying to lose weight. The following two articles point out what we should be snacking on instead and when. Click on the titles to read the original story and watch the accompanying videos.
Aug. 11, 2016 | Time Magazine
If you can’t wait for your next meal, these foods are adept at muffling your hunger
I wish they had a list of snack foods that don’t make you hungrier. I think I remember nuts being one those.
If you want to lose weight, skip the artificial sweeteners:
Like a freshly cracked diet soda, suspicions have been fizzing away for years that artificial sweeteners may not be the best way to slim down
By Bret Stetka | July 12, 2016 | Scientific American
Interesting idea of how to lose weight relatively effortlessly without counting calories (warning: you still have to watch what you eat) by letting your own body dictate how much you eat.
Seems pretty sensible and worth a try.
Hunger isn’t in your stomach or your blood-sugar levels. It’s in your mind – and that’s where we need to shape up