By Kelli Michelle, M.S Nutrition Science, Clinical Nutritionist, CPT, SNS, FNS, CNS
Solves StripsⓇ Resident Fitness & Nutrition Authority
The brain's reward system releases dopamine when tasting food.
Researchers have now discovered a second dopamine release in the stomach, affecting higher cognitive functions.
The more we desire a food, the weaker the second release, which might lead to overeating.
We have been talking about having protein before all the awesome indulgent foods we consume. If you re really working on the reward system, this practice works like a charm. Protein first, eat slowly and then consume your treatful carbs and fats.
One reason you might be overeating:
Your Body is Confused....
Today’s world is a busy place and we lead busy lives. We rush out the door and grab whatever’s convenient for breakfast, or maybe we don’t eat anything at all.
We have kids, meetings or errands to run so we eat lunch at our desks.
At night we come home exhausted and eat take out on the couch and catch up with whatever’s on social media.
Of course, this may be an exaggeration and your day isn’t always like this. But how often are you skipping meals, eating on the go, or eating while checked out?
How does your body KNOW it’s time to eat? Without the correct signals, your body will not turn on the necessary digestive functions to digest your meal and assimilate nutrients.
So when you do actually eat, your body will take longer to relay the neurotransmitter signals that tell your brain “hey, I’ve had enough”, resulting in consuming more food than your body actually needs.
So instead of giving your body mixed signals, let your body know it’s meal time by creating a more regular eating cycle.
Training your body to know when to expect food will create optimal digestion and fat burning phases w/o starving and binge eating yo yo tendencies.
You are eating "too clean" and not having enough VITAMIN P = Pleasure in your plan!
Diet and nutrition "experts" have convinced us that we should be measuring our meals in ways that distance us from having a real connection with our food.
The prevalence of food trackers has taught us that food should only be measured in calories, cups, ounces, fat grams, carbs and sugar. We need to learn to eat and track instinctually as well.