Tara Parker-Pope wowed us again this week with a great article in the New York Times on family criticisms about what we choose to eat and how much. A great read for anyone anticipating a lot of family gatherings in the coming weeks.
As we enter the holidays, here’s more support for mindful eating as a great strategy: Eating quickly curtails the production of hormones that signal satiety. We’ve found, however, that many women have trouble recognizing or trusting those signals, even when they do eat slowly. If this sounds like you, maybe our article on mindful eating can help.
If emotional eating is your challenge, consider this: A study at Laval University in Quebec showed food intake in response to feelings was significantly lower in women who focused on a healthy lifestyle, size acceptance and non-dieting, instead of weight loss. Hey, that’s the Green Mountain approach! It’s called Health at Every Size (HAES).
The researcher in the above study commented that the results of her study suggest that the HAES approach could be a good strategy for preventing weight gain. Clearly something to consider as a study at University of Central Florida showed that almost half of 3-to-6 year-old girls in the study said they worried about being fat. If we are what we think, and there’s plenty to say we are, it’s time to change this attitude, not only for these little girls but for the health of the nation. Fat phobia and the resultant misguided weight control strategies that people get caught up in puts health at risk as well as increases likelihood of weight gain that’s not healthy.