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Everyone talks about the benefits of eating a sensible diet. However, few think about the fact the root of the word sensible is sens, meaning "to feel." You can’t think your way into ending a binge pattern or an addiction to food. Instead, you’ll need to feel your way.
And that means using all five of your senses.
What makes off-limits desserts so enticing? Their taste. Their sweetness. After a satisfying dinner you still want a little something sweet. You’d be surprised, but incorporating something sweet into your meal can make a big difference. A roasted sweet potato, some dried cranberries in your salad, or a grilled peach with your meat can satisfy that craving and help you say no to dessert.
A whiff of a certain food will kick off a craving. Most of you can remember the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker being carried off by a desirable smell. Since you can't prevent yourself from smelling certain things, especially if you live in a big city where street vendor carts emit delicious scents on every corner, what can you do to override your basic animal instinct to eat anything that smells good?
Simply being aware of it can help you talk yourself out of eating something just because you’re salivating. It might also help you decide to walk down a different street than one where the aroma of French fries wafts out onto your path.
Randy Seely, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, explains how research using MRIs has shown that the brain patterns of people differ depending on what food they are looking at. Simply seeing a favorite food, including a commercial on television or a advertisement in a magazine, can ... Continue
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