Monday, September 14, 2009

Hidden Persuaders

1242440239gpzzlB Eating healthy can be difficult because of hidden messages.  These messages can lead to eating unhealthy and developing habits that can be avoided. Trying some of these tips can be helpful:

  • Be aware of the size and shape of containers.  It’s the amount of food that counts.
  • Use smaller plates and bowls.  Empty plates and bowls, even those of a smaller size, cue some people to stop eating sooner.
  • Read nutrition labels, paying closer attention to the serving size listed.  Consider the facts; the calories are important.
  • Look past the packaging.  The wording on a food’s package or the language on a menu can influence  us to actually like a food better, increasing the risk of overeating.
  • Keep visual reminders of how much we are eating.  Keep wrappers, empty containers, bones and other reminders of just how much is actually consumed at that meal.
  • Try to control impulse purchasing.  Try not to let the signs encourage us to purchase more than we need; keep a grocery list handy.

1 comment:

  1. Grocery lists are the best. Whenever I go without one, it's dangerous. That's my number one rule I give to clients!