Do you make the mistake of eating your food from a take-out bag or container? I urge you to break this habit if you want to make healthy eating and women’s fitness a part of your life. Mealtime should be enjoyable, but I have to wonder how much joy one can get when they can barely see their food. Food should be seen, heard, smelled and enjoyed. Not eaten in seclusion as if it is a forbidden piece of fruit.
The plating of the food is almost as important as the taste. Perception is the key to portion control when eating a fine meal. A trick-of-the-trade in the restaurant business is to use glasses and plates that show off the food, so that customers perceive a higher value. The same proves true when you are serving food at home. The prettier the presentation, the more satisfied we tend to be with the meal.
The mind plays such a critical part in portion control, thus playing a major role in weight control. Brain activity signals the release of hormones that stimulate appetite and also leave your stomach with that feeling of satisfaction. When you can see, smell, hear and properly taste your food, your mind becomes as satisfied with the meal as your tummy, making it easy to stop eating.
If you have ever eaten a meal from a bag, take-out or frozen food container have you found the tendency to overeat? Many times, food eaten in this way is so dissatisfying that we don’t finish the meal. Then 30 minutes to an hour later, we find that we are still hungry. Much of that is because our mind is not satisfied with what and how we ate our last meal. The brain is a powerful tool when it comes to eating and dieting.
We all know how big a role the brain plays in coming to terms with losing weight. Most of us have experienced times when we wanted to change something, but it was only when we were really ready, when our mind was really set upon change that we were able to move forward. Dieting, weight loss and women’s fitness really is dependent on the mind.
So indulge your mind, by following this simple little rule. Take your food out of the bag, dress up a little plate and feed your brain right along with your tummy. You’ll enjoy your meal, nourish your body and satisfy your brain all at the same time. This is a great way to multi-task when you are a busy woman.