My new favorite movie, as all my clients have heard, is “Hedgehog”, a French film that is extraordinary. There is a scene in the movie in which a main character sits down in her kitchen at the end of the day to read. She prepares by making a cup of tea; she also opens the refrigerator to reveal about twenty large chocolate bars stored bookstyle in the door, selecting the one on the end. At this moment in my viewing, the theater audience all giggled with understanding.
Aren’t we lucky, on this planet and during this time, to have chocolate and so many other taste sensations to delight us! And in that celebration let’s consider some healthy reminders regarding our nutrition from Nancy Clark, MS, RD (www.nancyclarkrd.com):
“Cravings are not addictions!” An addiction would be revealed if you find yourself “mindlessly devouring [a food] for its druglike effect, rather than eating the food for fuel”.
“Extreme hunger or deprivation triggers overeating. The physiology of hunger explains why we crave sugar; it’s a survival signal for quick energy. When your blood sugar is low, your brain signals an urgent need for sugar. When your muscles are glycogen depleted, you experience niggling carb craving until the muscles are adequately replenished.” (This is, by the way, THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON TO ENJOY A LOW GLYCEMIC FUELING SYSTEM!)
“Food is not addictive and cravings are not bad. What’s bad is trying to live hungry as well as denied and deprived of foods you enjoy.”
TIP #1: Add pomegranate seeds to your favorite salad – adds dynamic color, is an effective antioxident, and punches up the taste for sure. (Remove seeds from fruit with your hands in a large bowl under water to minimize juice splash.)
Tip #2: An easy book for understanding a low glycemic nourishment plan is The Glycemic Load Counter by Dr. Mabel Blades ($7.95 Ulysses Press)
Get ready for Seasonal Cyber Pact – next week right here!