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Most of my blogs are on the psychology of eating—the why and how of it. However, there’s a different set of whys and hows that are based on perceptions regarding food—how it’s presented or served and why our appetites react as they do. In addition to changing our brains, we can change our environment to eat more healthfully.
According to author Brian Wansink, a professor in the fields of consumer behavior and nutritional science (“Fooled by Food,” Nutrition Action Healthletter, 4/13, pp. 3-7), people overeat or choose non-nutritious over nutritious foods for many reasons, some of which are outside of our awareness. Here are his easy, effective suggestions.
Consider your reaction to these suggestions. They’re simple enough, but you may not have thought of them before. If they sound appealing, decide how you’ll remember them. How about changing your plates and serving meals on large salad plates rather than standard-size dinner plates? Visualizing the restaurants you generally eat in and where you might sit to make the atmosphere more conducive to mindful eating? What could you do this minute to make changes: move around nutritious and non-nutritious foods in your cupboard or fridge? If you make even a few of these small shifts, you might see big changes in your eating.
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