The Mental Aspect of Eating

Imagine how horrified a doting mother would be if she realized that the trans fats in those fast food French fries she’s feeding her toddler actually are incorporated into her child's brain cells!

BY: Dr. Marina Johnson

 

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Here are some tips when you’re selecting your food. Avoid processed foods and select organic, grass-fed, hormone-free meats and wild fish. Consume 8-10 organic fruits and vegetables per day limiting fruit to one or two a day. Eating this many vegetables daily can be daunting and juicing fresh vegetables can be a good option. Eat good fats found in lean meats, nuts, avocadoes, olive oil and coconut oil. Avoid simple sugars in candy, cookies and cakes. Sugar is not your friend! In particular, fructose is a type of sugar found in many processed foods and even fruit has fructose. High intake of fructose leads to obesity, insulin resistance, heart disease and cancer. Fructose should be limited to less than 25 grams per day. Avoid starchy carbohydrates like potatoes, bread and pasta.

When you’ve mastered the mental aspect of eating, it puts YOU in charge of making healthier choices! Crash diets that drastically limit calories or food groups do not contribute to long-term health. Most foods, even sweets, can be eaten occasionally, if in moderation. Diets are restrictive; long-term, healthy eating is a way of life. If you’re trying to lose weight, try eating healthy one day at a time and after a year, you’ll be at your goal!

Marina Johnson, M.D., F.A.C.E., a UCLA-USC trained physician has no ties to any pharmaceutical company. She is the author of “Outliving Your Ovaries: An Endocrinologist Reviews the Risks and Rewards of Treating Menopause With Hormone Replacement Therapy.” She’s the medical director of the Institute of Endocrinology and Preventive Medicine in Dallas, Texas. She’s appeared on Joni’s Table Talk on Daystar Television Network, The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, Daybreak USA radio show and written articles for numerous magazines.

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