Wellness: The Pitfalls of Supersizing & How to beat it!
The Pitfalls of Supersizing
Eating too much food in one sitting is hard on your body. Here’s why:
Food is meant to be spread throughout the day. Overdosing on too much food at one time causes pain, upset, and sluggish digestion.
A surge of glucose is released into your blood. Your pancreas has to work overtime, pumping insulin through the body to absorb all that extra glucose. This can make you feel spacey, weak, irritable, or headachy.
Thinking there is some type of emergency, your adrenal glands go into “fight or flight” mode and release adrenaline and cortisol, which is the body’s natural response to stress.
When your blood sugar levels finally plummet, you experience wicked cravings for more food—specifically simple carbs or sweets.
Research has found that immune system function is affected for at least five hours after consuming large amounts of simple carbohydrates.
5 Tips to Kick Portion Distortion
Don’t over order – go for salads, soups, and appetizers, which are typically more reasonably sized than entrees.
Choose high-fiber foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains to keep you feeling full and energized. [Check out this awesome recipe for yummy veggies!]
Chew well to aid digestion and give your brain time to register you’re full before you overeat.
Get enough water. Often we mistake thirst for hunger.
Carry your own snacks. Stock up on snack-sized containers and fill them with baby carrots, air-popped
popcorn, or nuts.