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Tue, Feb. 25

You feel what you eat

How many times do you get up in the morning and feel tired or you just don't feel right? Maybe you have even gone to see your doctor and he or she can't find anything wrong. He might even say something like, "You might feel better if you lost a few pounds."

The food you eat has a direct impact on how you feel physically and emotionally. A poor diet can cause you to be tired, fatigued, irritable, nervous, depressed or unmotivated.

A poor diet can also impair your memory and decrease your attention span. Anger, stress or food disorders that stem from a poor diet affect your muscular and nervous systems.

A diet that is low in fat, sodium, cholesterol and that is balanced in calories, carbohydrates and protein leads to good health. You can be free from a host of health problems, feel relaxed and have peace of mind.

A healthy body at your desired weight can give you a feeling of control and confidence. A good diet can help you boost or keep your energy levels up as well.

You may say, "That is all well and good in a perfect world, but what about when I am stressed, overtired, in a bad mood, or just want to eat?"

Many people do turn to food when they are in a bad mood, even if they are not hungry. I know that it may sound very simplistic, but have you tried telling yourself that the food will not make you feel any better? I know that this solution sounds way too easy. A study at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland shows this simple strategy works.

Volunteers who were feeling down ate fewer high-fat snacks when researchers assured them that the snacks would not improve their moods. A co-author of the study, and a psychology professor, stated that research shows that overeating will not lift a bad mood.

Furthermore, they find that people recognize this fact is true by simply hearing it. The professor noted that this is why just telling the volunteers in their study that food will not make them feel better resulted in them consuming less fatty snacks.

It's a simple strategy that will help you resist turning to food when you feel low. And it will make you feel better knowing that you beat temptation! So the next time you find yourself feeling down, remember this little study and try it. It just might save you some unnecessary calories that won't make you feel any better anyway.

A Diet Center program offers guidance for a proper, healthy, well balanced diet that will help get your body in shape, and help you feel good emotionally and physically!

If you are tired of battling with your weight, call us today at (928) 753-5066.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or stop by Diet Center at 1848 Hope Ave in Kingman.

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