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Culinary no-no #358

Culinary no-no's


You know the feeling.  

It hits shortly after you leave the Thanksgiving table.

Yep. Too much stuffing. Too much gravy. Too  much pumpkin pie. Too much of everything. Well, get ready for another round.

Next up is the Christmas version of indigestion.

These days the Internet is stuffed with one article after another about how to avoid gluttony on Christmas. I get a kick out of all this “professional” advice. It’s like putting a dozen economists together at a cocktail party. Suddenly there are a dozen plans to fix the national debt.

Just this past week I read that according to one study, if you want to eat less, just imagine chomping away at a certain food, candy for example, M & M’s to be specific. Think about M & M’s over and over again and you’ll be less likely to dive into that big bowl filled with them at the Christmas dinner party. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University discovered that dwelling repeatedly on a culinary no-no reduces one’s appetite.

The December 2010 study involved several experiments. In the first, participants imagined putting 33 quarters into a laundry machine, one at a time. A second group imagined putting 30 quarters into a laundry machine and then imagined eating three M&M'S. A third group imagined placing three quarters into a laundry machine and then imagined eating 30 M&M'S. Finally, every participant could eat from bowl of M & M’s.

What did researchers find? Those who thought about eating 30 M&M'S actually ate significantly fewer M&M'S than did those in the other two groups.

Carey Morewedge, the lead author of the study said, “People who repeatedly imagined the consumption of a morsel of food -- such as an M&M or cube of cheese -- subsequently consumed less of that food than did people who imagined consuming the food a few times or performed a different but similarly engaging task. We think these findings will help develop future interventions to reduce cravings for things such as unhealthy food, drugs and cigarettes, and hope they will help us learn how to help people make healthier food choices."

The conclusion by Carnegie Mellon has been referred to as a landmark discovery.

Not so fast. this month reports that just the opposite is true.

Another study found that if you think about eating more fruit because it’s a healthy option, you won’t eat more fruit. However, if you think about eating cookies, you’ll eat more cookies.

Man, that doesn’t seem very fair.

Even though we’re essentially doomed, we face an annual onslaught of pointers to avoid blowing our diet.

Exercise daily

Not too much meat

Drink wisely

Walk it off

Use fresh vegetables and ingredients

Before going out to a dinner, make a
protein smoothie or snack

Stick to healthy hors d'oeuvres

Pick a smaller plate to
serve meals on



Let’s get real here. You’re going to overeat on Christmas and you know it. Is that so terrible? Daphne Sashin writes on

“The good news is, one meal is not going to ruin you if you eat sensibly and exercise regularly the rest of the time and get back to your routine, experts say. You need to eat 3,500 calories to gain one pound of body fat, so it’s unlikely that a single overindulgence will show up on the scale.

“We call these ‘taking time-outs,’ and we all take them,” says Rebecca S. Reeves, DrPH, RD, assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “No one is perfect in their eating habits. What we have to learn is that we are giving ourselves permission to do this, and as soon as it’s over, we should go back to the eating plan we normally follow. This does not give us permission to continue to overeat and binge.”

Amen. Merry Christmas. Bon Appetit.


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