Eating healthy is only half the battle. Desiring healthy food is the difficult part, which inhibits many people from healthy living. The old adage, ‘You are what you eat’, rings so true, particularly when you live with the effects of eating junk food. Murfreesboro Athletic Club recognizes the importance of clean living and knows that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is so much more than working out. A healthy diet, along with consistent exercise gives you more energy, makes you feel and look younger, lose excess weight and even improves sleeping habits! What if we told you how to actually desire healthy foods? The latest research from Tufts University shows that our brains can be taught or ‘trained’ to respond to certain foods. Learn how!
In a research study from Tufts University, adults who ate a consistent diet of high calorie junk foods were given healthy food throughout a six month study. Brain scans were taken at the beginning of the period and at the conclusion of the study. The brain scans showed a response triggered in the brain while eating resulting in craving certain foods. Research scientists suggested that the brain can be trained to crave certain foods, depending on what we feed our bodies. In the studies, foods given to participants were high in fiber and low on the glycemic index. With everyone who participated in the study, the brain scans revealed changes in the areas of the brain reward center associated with learning and addiction. At the conclusion of the study, the brain area had increased sensitivity to healthy, lower-calorie foods, showing an increased satisfaction and enjoyment of healthy food choices! Below is a list of foods that, if eaten, will help get you started in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through desiring wholesome food.
Once you begin, your body will be detoxing from the toxins and chemicals common in junk food. Expect the first couple of weeks to be difficult. After the initial start, your brain will begin to recognize the new eating pattern and will adjust accordingly! You are on your way to maintaining a healthy lifestyle!
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