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When you want something to eat, it's a sign that your body needs food.

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When you want something to eat, it's a sign that your body needs food.

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False -- When you want something to eat it doesn’t always mean your body needs food. Tricky, huh?

 

Here’s the deal: Have you ever been watching TV and get a case of the munchies? You may not be hungry, you may just be bored. Feelings -- like boredom, sadness, or stress -- can make us think we need something to eat.

 

Don't munch on food when you feel that way. Look at food as fuel for your body. The point of eating is to give you energy. Food can’t fix feelings.

 

Feeling bad? Try another way to feel better. Call a friend or go for a bike ride. You might even be thirsty and confuse that for being hungry. Try drinking a glass of water.

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Which could be a sign you need to eat?

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Which could be a sign you need to eat?

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Listen to your body and you'll start figuring out the signs that tell you when you're really hungry -- when your body needs fuel.

Feeling slow, annoyed, a headache or rumbling stomach -- they’re all signs your body’s gas tank is running on empty. Your body needs fuel every few hours or else it starts not working well.

Where do we get energy?

Where do we get energy?

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We get the energy we need to move and do all the things we do every day from eating healthy foods. That's why it's so important to start with a good breakfast -- like whole grain cereal, fruit, and low-fat milk -- and eat healthy all day. 

We also get energy from a good night's sleep. Get at least 8 1/2 hours of sleep every night to feel rested and ready to tackle the day.

It’s better to get 15 extra minutes of sleep than to eat breakfast.

It’s better to get 15 extra minutes of sleep than to eat breakfast.

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False -- It is not better to pick sleep over breakfast. Yes, extra sleep in the morning can feel hard to pass up, and you do need sleep, but breakfast is so good for you. It’s too important to skip.

 

Breakfast can put you in a better mood and gets your body’s engine going. Plus, if you’re waiting until lunch to eat, your body could go nearly 18 hours without food! You need food more often than that to fuel your body and keep your energy steady.

 

Can't get up earlier? Get your breakfast ready the night before, and put it in the front of the fridge so it is “grab and go.”
 

• No time?: Low-fat yogurt or some reduced-fat string cheese and a piece of fruit works well.
 

• More time: Make an egg sandwich on whole wheat toast. Let it cool, wrap it up, put it in the fridge. Microwave it to warm it up in the A.M.

When you're eating, how long does it take for your brain to realize that you've had enough?

When you're eating, how long does it take for your brain to realize that you've had enough?

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It takes a while for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you're not hungry anymore. If you slow down and enjoy each bite, you’ll give your brain a chance to catch up, so you’re less likely to eat more than you need.

Hints:

  • Stop eating when you feel satisfied, but not stuffed full.
  • Before you go back for seconds, give your brain enough time to check if you're really still hungry. Stop and wait 10 minutes. Get a glass of water. Still hungry? Then, go for it.

If you eat while you watch TV, you're likely to eat:  

If you eat while you watch TV, you're likely to eat:  

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When you eat while you’re watching TV, you don’t realize how much you’re eating. You're distracting your brain from getting the signals from your stomach that you’re full.

So don't eat in front of the TV. When you turn off the TV and focus on what you’re eating, you're more likely to notice when you've had enough.

If you must eat in front of the TV, pour it in a bowl. If you eat chips out of a bag, it's easier to keep going and going. When you finish what's in your bowl, that's a cue that snack time is over.

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