Over eating during the holidays!

The satiation mechanism in most adults is being trick every day. When a human eats he has a mechanism in the stomach that tells his brain he is full and this is called the satiation mechanism. Processed foods, man- made foods, sugars, breads, etc are calorie dense and nutritionally poor. If you eat 500 calories of good, healthy, nutrient dense foods your stomach tells your brain you are full; however, when you eat 500 calories that are nutrient poor and calorie dense your stomach is searching for more nutrients and tells your brain to eat more, more, and more. This forces you to continue to eat the calorie rich foods in order to satisfy what the body needs. You end up over eating, getting fat, and not being healthy.

All humans, as well as animals, have an inborn program called the “Motivational Triad”. 

We are motivated 3 ways: 

1) We seek pleasure in the form of food, sex, or drugs. 

2) We attempt to avoid all types of pain. 

3) We attempt to do all activities with the least amount of energy.

 This motivational triad is meant to preserve our life or sustain us to live a long, life.

This time of year we will be tempted to eat foods that are calorie rich and density poor.

1) Minimize how much you eat.

2) After a get together eat healthy the next few days to flush out most of the sugars/carbs from the get together.

3) It is difficult, but choose healthier/natural foods when out to eat.

4) Eat slower, this will help your body tell your brain you are full.

5) Drink water to fill you up so you cannot eat too much sugary treats. 

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