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Slow and Healthy wins the race

I was in Colorado recently for an Eating Psychology conference. We headed to Pearl Street in Boulder where there were many amazing restaurants. I was already amazed how “healthy” Colorado appeared with its aggressive recycling campaign and radishes on salads instead of cheese. Against my formerly junk-food nature, I decided to go for it and ate an incredibly well-balanced nutrient dense meal. I chose wild salmon, Kale, roasted beets, and red quinoa. I never thought I would ever willingly order Kale on a menu! There wasn’t one item on that plate that had addictive properties, and I ate it slowly without even trying. This let my digestion relax and fully process the meal so I could absorb the nutrients – no bloating or digestive upset! By eating slowly, you can become mindful of how your body responds to a food. It’s so hard to eat slowly when you’re eating processed food because it hits your bliss point, and you crave more and more. Nutrient dense foods don’t elicit this response, and you can feel your body being nourished. I can’t say I would automatically run out and purchase this meal again, but I think eating this way is a practice. Choose foods that are nourishing, and over time as your taste buds change, you will begin to crave these foods making the choice easier as time goes on.

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