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Think Beyond Your Waistline: Feed Your Brain

March 5, 2012

Why does the word “weight” automatically have a negative connotation? Do you, like me, automatically think of your mid section when you think of weight, whether it be gaining or losing it? After watching a segment of the Today Show this morning that featured Hungry Girl and her Top Pick 300 Calorie Foods, it got me thinking. We are playing a mind game with ourselves when it comes to food. I am the opposite of Hungry Girl. Her motto is teaching people how to max out on food, while minimizing caloric intake. She stands by  “guilt-free” snack-packs, energy bars, frozen meals, sugar and fat-free desserts and meat-less burgers. Hungry Girl, also known as Lisa Lillien, tells us how to fool our stomachs. Fool our stomachs! Well guess what? Our brain controls the sensations in our stomach, so you better not mess with either one of them. When you set out to fool someone (or something), you compromise their (its) wellbeing. When your body needs fuel, aka calories, your brain lets you know its time to eat. Why then, would you eat something that has been altered and stripped of calories? Minimizing calories directly correlates with minimizing nutrition. Foods are no longer whole, let alone real. When we eat processed “food like substances”, our brains will continue to signal us  to eat, eat, eat, until we get the nutrients and calories required to function properly.

Listen to you body. Be kind to yourself. Eat real food. Don’t be fooled by Hungry Girl.

A few Things to Keep In Mind:

  • The weight of the human brain is about 3 lbs: this is a significant percentage of our body weight, therefore it is imperative to keep this organ healthily fueled.
  • The brain is made up of about 75% water: drink water.
  • The human brain is the fattest organ in the body and may consists of at least 60% fat: this is why you must incorporate fat into your diet.

Source: http://www.nursingassistantcentral.com/blog/2008/100-fascinating-facts-you-never-knew-about-the-human-brain/

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer Crocker permalink
    March 5, 2012 7:31 pm

    Well said!

  2. Hadley permalink
    March 12, 2012 1:45 pm

    Amen to that!!!!

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