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Eating On The Run: Preoccupation Nixes Food Memories

When you see a photo of Gisele Bundchen gobbling a slice of pizza before hitting the catwalk or Will Smith spoonin’ lunch into his mouth as he walks down the street, they seem like regular folks doin’ what you do … eating not-so-good-for-you snacks on the run.

sugar-cravingsSurveys show that most of you grab and go three or more times a day, often instead of having a nutritious meal. Around 19 percent of North Americans’ total food intake comes via dashboard dining, and we bet that just as often you’re munching a snack as you run around the office, at home or outside.

Well, put down that on-the-run snack! A new U.K. study found that women who snacked while walking later ate five times as much chocolate as women who snacked while watching TV. (And eating in front of the TV already has been shown to trigger excess eating at your next meal!)

So why does eating while you’re running around stimulate hunger? Seems satiety and satisfaction come from a combo of calories and food memory, sugar-cravings-2and you don’t make tasty memories when you’re preoccupied with walking and not concentrating on what you’re munching. We say choose mindful eating.

Mindful eating is recognizing when you’re hungry – and when you’re not. And when you do eat, whether you’re brown-bagging it or having a sit-down family dinner, give each bite your full attention. Experts say that this simple act may reduce the amount of food you eat by one-third. So say “OM” before you say ”
Yum!”

 

© 2015 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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