Monday, April 20, 2009

You are what you eat

A friend of mine is overweight and blames his condition on genetics. Then he tells me that his definition of heavenly food is 'breaded chicken wings with cheese and gravy'. Sooner or later people will realize that what they eat has a direct effect on weight and health. You really are what you eat.

We form associations with 'comfort foods' that make us feel better when we are emotionally challenged; these foods awaken past memories with positive emotions. Though comfort foods are different for each person, invariably the foods we use to comfort ourselves are fattening.

It is possible to change your associations and realize better rewards from healthy food. Instead of addressing emotions with foods that make you feel good briefly and then feel bad after, you can learn how to feel good about eating something that is good for you.

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