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Slowing Down Your Eating, Your Mind’s Fullness Doesn’t Lag Your Belly’s

We all know the saying that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. Typically, it's a post script to an excessive meal, one in which we eat well past fullness because our bellies' perception of fullness always seems to lag behind that of our mischievous minds.

The key to helping those two levels of perception sync up is to slow down your eating. There are many ways to do that, from chewing thoroughly to having several small courses during a meal instead of one big one, but adding a glass of wine to your meal might help as well.

I’m not suggesting you add wine for wine’s sake, as something simply to wash down your meal. Instead, add a glass of wine and take the time to learn about the wine throughout the meal. Taste it, consider it and learn how it works with your meal, and you might just add enough time to let your belly’s mind tell your brain to stop eating before you’re stuffed.

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  • Snooth User: tabednar
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    Follow up: Wine and Breast Cancer Risk

    Two articles of interest on this subject:

    1. The first was published this past December:
    "Red Versus White Wine as a Nutritional Aromatase Inhibitor in Premenopausal Women"

    Conclusion: Red wine is associated with significantly higher free T and lower SHBG levels, as well as a significant higher LH level vs. white wine in healthy premenopausal women. These data suggest that red wine is a nutritional AI and may explain the observation that red wine does not appear to increase breast cancer risk.

    2. The second article published just this month:

    "Moderate red wine drinking may help cut women's breast cancer risk, study shows"

    The study, published online in the Journal of Women's Health, challenges the widely-held belief that all types of alcohol consumption heighten the risk of developing breast cancer. Doctors long have determined that alcohol increases the body's estrogen levels, fostering the growth of cancer cells.

    But the Cedars-Sinai study found that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lowered estrogen levels while elevating testosterone among premenopausal women who drank eight ounces of red wine nightly for about a month.

    I just thought this was of interest. Great article Greg! Happy New Years!

    Jan 06, 2012 at 10:46 AM


  • Snooth User: Kirsy Muñoz
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    Love this article! I completely agree with all the arguments! Adding wine to my meal makes me more conscious of what I am eating, and usually means I tend to choose foods that are more delicious and of a higher quality.

    @TaBednar Do you have links to these articles? I would love to read them! Thanks!

    Jan 06, 2012 at 11:28 AM


  • Now here's a New Year's resolution I can keep!

    Jan 06, 2012 at 2:21 PM


  • Snooth User: tabednar
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    PDF for the 1st Article: http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pd...

    Link for the Second (No PDF - Came out today): http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-...

    Jan 06, 2012 at 4:19 PM


  • Snooth User: achrysafis
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    I agree that wine is part of a healthy diet. It has been part of the mediterranean diet for 3000 years now. Check http://www.mediterraneandietforall.com

    Jan 06, 2012 at 5:54 PM


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  • Snooth User: EmmaJansen
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    amazing

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  • wonderful

    Sep 08, 2013 at 4:12 PM


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    interesting

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