Nutrition is a science and an art, but it is not complicated like we make it out to be. It’s simple. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Before the scales and portion charts, that’s what our ancestors did. They listened to their body.
How to listen to your body: The hypothalamus is a portion of the brain that controls certain metabolic processes and other activities of the nervous system. Related to nutrition, the hypothalamus controls hunger and thirst. When you’re hungry, it sends signals for you to intake food. When you’re full, it sends signals for you to stop.
We have conditioned our body to ignore the signals. We are distracted when eating – watching TV, eating while driving, visiting with friends, or eating to satisfy emotional needs. We have also been accustomed to finishing our plate, especially at restaurants. If you eat out, restaurants have doubled or tripled portion sizes. Eating everything on your plate means you are eating more than your body needs. When you begin to feel full, stop eating. Ask for a take-out container and save the rest for later.
You don’t have to measure every portion you eat. You don’t have to count calories. Eat to satisfy the hunger and stop when full. Learn to listen to your body.By Bree Soileau. (Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Incarnate Word Univ).