Train Your Brain to Crave Healthier Food

We didn’t begin life craving high fat, sweet foods and disliking vegetables. This conditioning happens over time in response to eating unhealthy foods over and over again. We live in a toxic food environment. School lunchrooms and vending machines overflow with junk food and sports drinks. Fifty percent of meals are eaten outside the home and most of us don’t even know what we are eating.

A recent study conducted at Tufts’ Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center found that a behavioral weight-loss program over time can reprogram your brain’s food cravings. This study used MRI scans of the brain’s addiction center to see changes in the response to healthy and unhealthy food. The scans showed that it is possible to train the brain to reverse cravings and temptation for unhealthy food, replacing former cravings with temptation for healthier foods.

A weight-loss program focusing on behavior education with a high-fiber, low-glycemic menu plan can reprogram your brain, reduce cravings for unhealthier foods and help individuals enjoy healthier entrees.

Jane Grant is a registered dietician, certified health coach, and owner of Grant’s Nutrition and Wellness. For more information, call 860-357-2282.



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