Wednesday, February 6, 2013

6 Tips for Mindful Eating

1.  Colored Plate:  Researchers found that with white foods i.e. spaghetti and potatoes, a bright plate in contrasting colors resulted in less food being consumed.

2.  Smaller sips:  For the study, researchers invited 53 participants to drink as much broth as they wanted, but divided them into three sip-size groups: small sips of five grams, big sips of 15 grams and "free" sips of a natural-seeming size to the participants. They found that those who took small sips drank 30 percent less broth than those who took big or "free" sips.

 3.  Pick something "smelly":  Foods with a strong smell may help curb your portion control.   Study participants were given vanilla custard and were exposed to varying intensities of vanilla scent. When they smelled more vanilla,  they ate smaller portions,  Scientific American reported.

4.  Use A Vibrating Fork:  The HAPIfork helps users from eating too fast by vibrating as soon as it senses too many bites per minute, thanks to its smart meter.   But user beware, "One fatal flaw: Hapifork is available in fork form only. So there's nothing to stop you from, say, picking up a spoon and shoveling a gallon of ice cream into your mouth."

5.  Eat off a smaller plate.  That can convince you that you are eating more than you really are and has reduced consumption by up to 20%

6.  Dim The Lights And The Music:  A study of fast food restaurants found that  dimming lights  and adding soft music inspired customers to eat 175 fewer calories per meal -- an 18 percent decrease -- than if they were in the restaurant's normal environment. Why not try it at home?

Source:  Huff Post  Healthy Living

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