Friday, June 5, 2009

American Baby

January 2009

Even with the best of intentions, we all are susceptible to little triggers that cause us to overeat. My obstacle has always been eating too fast. I’ll come home from work and take the time to make myself a nutritious and delicious dinner. Five minutes later, my plate is clean, I haven’t enjoyed my hard work, and I still think I’m hungry because my stomach hasn’t had time to tell my brain that I’m full. It’s something that I’m working on by putting my fork down between bites, making sure that I chew my food completely (seriously—I’m surprised I’ve never choked because I’ve been known to swallow nearly whole bites of food), and even challenging myself to a time goal: “Ok, I can’t finish this chicken in less than 7 minutes.” I’m also guilty of moving onto the next bite before I’ve finished the one I’m chewing. Another trigger that causes people to overeat is “dining” in front of the TV or computer. When you do this, you tend to forget how much you’ve eaten so it’s harder to tell when you’re satisfied. What it all boils down to is that these habits lead you to not savor, taste, or enjoy your food. When you take the time to think about what you’re eating, whether it’s a slice of cheesecake or herb-roasted veggies, you’ll be more satisfied and more likely to stop eating when you’ve had enough. I know old habits die hard, believe me, so take it slow. A few times a week, prepare yourself a meal, sit down at the table—facing away from the TV—and think about what you’re eating.

Today we’re giving away three foods worthy of savoring: a case of Yoplait light yogurt ($48), a gift basket of Nature’s Path products ($250), and free-product coupons for Sabra Hummus ($110). Yoplait has recently expanded its Yoplait Light line to offer more delectable options like Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, for a healthful alternative to higher-calorie options. It’s one of the only yogurts with calcium and vitamin D in every cup—and it only has 110 calories!

Sabra hummus has zero grams trans fat and no cholesterol but it still offers a rich, smooth, unique flavor. You can taste the Mediterranean in every bite of varieties like Chipotle, Sundried Tomato, and Roasted Garlic.

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