Your Fool-Proof Strategy for Avoiding the See-Food Trap

You already know that looking at food, especially SEXY pictures of food, can activate your desire to eat, even in the absence of true physiological hunger!!

BUT you can use this vulnerability to your ADVANTAGE!

It starts with keeping alluring, hand-to-mouth foods out of sight.

Next, give healthy foods high visibility.

Cooking your meals for the week is the first step!

Store your meals in clear containers, front and center.

(Because if they’re in your face, they’ll remind you to eat them.)

Don’t sequester them off to the freezer or drawers…

Remember: the most important factor is your environment (not your will!)

You have to set yourself up for success.

Having a game plan will make you less vulnerable.

If you’re hungry and without good options, you’ll become more vulnerable to cues.

Guide yourself to healthier choices by using this week’s meal plan.

(Plus a pre-selected meal plan helps insulate you. Searching around for recipes (and looking at food pics) can make you overeat. AVOID that extra temptation and triggering cues.)

Beat the "see-food" trap with the Mango BBQ Sliders, Chili Quinoa Tacos, Pineapple & Vegetable Rice, Strawberry & Cream Polenta and more!

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4 Ways to Beat the See-Food Trap

Yesterday you learned the “see-food diet” is REAL.

And that LOOKING at food, especially pictures of highly palatable foods (like desserts), can activate our desire to eat, even in the absence of true physiological hunger.

That it’s NOT a matter of weak will. Our hunger is ARTIFICIALLY activated…

But we can deactivate the stimulus and use this vulnerability to our advantage too!

In Sight, In Mind

The more visible and reachable a food is, the more likely you are to eat it.

For example, research shows if you have cereal on your kitchen counter, you’ll weigh 21 pounds more than your neighbor who doesn’t.

Similarly, secretaries with a clear candy dish eat 71% more candy!!

The more we see it, the more we have to expend willpower.

And eventually the temptress wins... “Well, okay, just this once...”

NOT seeing the temptation at all is easier than resisting, right?

I asked our members, “Ever get caught in the see-food trap?"

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Avoiding the See-Food Trap

Wrap your kryptonite (and any unhealthy food) in foil.

Whether it’s ice cream in the freezer or your spouse’s leftover ham and cheese sandwich in the fridge, cover it with foil.

Keep cereal and other easy-to-eat items OFF your counter.

Eliminate (or severely reduce) visible food. Shove it into your pantry.

Lastly, reduce your interaction and exposure to food porn.

You already know searching around for recipes (and looking at food pics) can make you overeat. AVOID extra temptation and false cues by having Meal Mentor provide a custom menu for you each week.

Pre-selected recipes saves you time *and* limits your “cue” exposure!

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Using “Eat with Your Eyes” Vulnerability In Your Favor

Store food you want your family to eat (i.e. fruits) in highly visible areas.

Put less healthy items in the fridge drawers and on lower shelves.

Place healthy snacks like pre-cut vegetables in clear containers.

Store your prepared meals in clear containers, front and center.

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My husband often “forgot” I cooked our meals ahead, and would make a PB&J or open a can of beans. This frustrated me and I wondered if it was my dark-topped tupperware.

IT WAS! As soon as I switched to a see-through top, my husband never “forgot” again. He ate my prepared meal plan meals daily!

I’d even sometimes hear him say “Yess!” excited to “find” one of the options!!​

P.S. I use an 18-piece Glasslock set and love it! The containers can go straight in the oven or microwave for easy reheating +++ less work and cleanup too!

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Do You Get Caught in the See-Food Trap? (Quiz)

Does SEEING a food make you want to devour it?

Ever feel a twinge of hunger looking at food pics?

Been STUFFED after dinner but then had room for dessert?

Do you eat everything on your plate?

Sat down not hungry but felt hunger growls once you started eating?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you’ve fallen into the see-food trap!!

AND YOU’RE NOT ALONE!

The “see-food diet” is real, and we’re all on it to some extent, because the mere SIGHT of food is a primal signal to begin eating.

The body ANTICIPATES when food is about to be eaten… making you “hungry.”

Problem is, FOOD IS EVERYWHERE!

And it’s not just the food on our desks or kitchen counters, or the junk foods taunting us from vending machines and grocery aisles, it’s also FOOD IMAGERY.

MRI scans have shown our brain waves change when we look at food images!

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(Does seeing this picture make you want to eat it?)

Food porn stimulates the desire to eat

LOOKING at food, especially pictures of highly palatable foods (like desserts), can activate our desire to eat, even in the absence of true physiological hunger.

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Food manufacturers know this -- why else would they spend billions on billboards, magazine advertisements, and sexy commercials with juicy closeups?

AND even I know this. One of the reasons my cookbooks are so popular is because there are tons of pictures.

Similarly, when we started including pictures of nearly every recipe with the meal plans, customer satisfaction shot through the roof. Sure it helps you know what dinner is supposed to look like, but you also eat with your eyes first.

Seeing a sexy picture of Smoky Zucchini Cakes primes you to enjoy the meal.

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And just how many times have you INTENTIONALLY sought out food porn?

We’re not weak, we’re conditioned! Our hunger is ARTIFICIALLY activated.

The GOOD news: You can deactivate the stimulus.

AND make the see-food diet work to your ADVANTAGE.

That’s right! You can use your “eat with your eyes” vulnerability to eat healthier foods AND make unhealthy foods less desirable.

TOMORROW you’ll find out EXACTLY how to AVOID the see-food trap!

To STOP the subliminal “eat when you’re not really hungry” cues.

(PLUS 4+ strategies that make see-food work in your favor) So stay tuned :D

But right now, I want you to make a commitment.

I want you to commit to NOT looking at food porn today, at least intentionally.

Images will still be blasted at you, but skip foodgawker, Instagram, Pinterest...

Will you make this commitment to yourself and your health?

If yes, leave a comment below saying “I will!”

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How to Recalibrate Your Appetite Thermostat

You now know that we eat the same VOLUME of food on a day-to-day basis and that you can’t shrink your stomach but you CAN shrink your appetite.

(AND you have 6 strategies for slaying the insatiable hunger dragon!)

But the biggest, most critical component is resetting your appetite thermometer.

Modern foods are DESIGNED to make us overeat, which then throws off your appetite thermostat.

Their lack of fiber confuses your stomach, which fails to send out satiation signals.

You then eat more and more, stretching the volume quota and increasing your consumption habits.

Consider this: Initially a hot tub feels hot, sometimes TOO hot, when you first step in. But after a while you “get used to it” and it doesn’t feel hot anymore. Same with a cold swimming pool, no?

That’s what happens with your appetite thermostat, too.

(The technical term for this is “neuroadaptation.”)

To reset your appestat, you have to pay attention to caloric density.

When you choose foods with the proper composition, you fill the volume quota faster, which forces recalibration.

Take it from Beth, “Lindsay's appetite email was great. That is what I am working on now, resetting my "appestat." When my weight-loss leveled out last year I started using the meal plans exactly, and I finally made my goal weight. Then I made the mistake of trying a 28-day whole food challenge. I was eating whole foods, but I didn't count a calorie or watch my portions, and gained 10 pounds. I started back on the meal plans and I can already feel my "appestat" readjusting.”

The more consistent you are, the sooner your body can naturally moderate your appetite. I’ve seen it happen in as little as 2 weeks!

Reset your body’s appetite thermometer with this week’s meal plan.

Find out how delicious recalibrating can be with foods like Spaghetti & "Meatballs", Philly Cheeze Steak Bowl, Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal, Vegetable Lasagna Wheels & more!

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6 Ways to Beat the Bottomless Pit

Yesterday you learned that while you can’t physically shrink (or stretch) your stomach, you CAN shrink your appetite.

AND that we tend to eat the same VOLUME of food each day based on an appetite thermostat.

Paying attention to caloric density is the first step.

(Choose foods that are bulky and filling, but low in calories.)

Next, you have to recalibrate your appetite thermostat.

Focusing on fiber-rich foods will help you reset your appestat.

The more whole foods you eat, the more your body can send out satiation signals, naturally moderating your appetite and consumption habits.

And because whole foods fill the volume quota faster, recalibration is forced.

In other words, the composition/quality (increased fiber and water) causes dramatic shifts in your appetite setpoint -- totally adjusting your appetite thermometer.

Slaying the Dragon

Avoiding addictive and alluring foods (like sugar) while focusing on eating mainly whole, fiber-rich foods, will help wrangle the dragon.

But when the pit seems truly bottomless, try brushing your teeth or using mouth wash. Drinking a glass of water, thinking of something gross (like cleaning the toilet) and distracting yourself for 15-20 minutes can also work.

If you still feel hungry, eat a very plain food like a baked potato or rice cake without toppings or salt.

Research shows that different flavors (i.e. sweet, salty, and sour) activate their own appetite centers in the brain. This suggests that once you turn on an appetite center, you must eat that kind of food until it registers fullness.

Switching to different tastes, or eating a lot of variety at one meal could potentially turn many centers on at once, which could explain the bottomless pit effect AND make you overeat without ever feeling full.

(Ever felt full after a meal but then had room for dessert? Hmm…)

Above all: start making good choices consistently.

The more consistent you are with your meals and food choices, the sooner you’ll reset your appestat and find yourself satisfied with less food.

Recalibrating back to my sense of true hunger and satiety was just as important as recalibrating my taste buds from a life-long addiction to sugar.

I used to eat two giant bagels with cream cheese for breakfast or bowl after bowl (after bowl!) of cereal. I would also eat two foot-long subs for lunch, and a large pizza for dinner all by myself with room for dessert, and still feel hungry sometimes!!!

Modern foods are DESIGNED to make us overeat, which then throws off your appetite thermostat.

It’s a nasty cycle of more, more, more - always wanting more.

Stop stretching the volume quota :)

Think about how great you’ll feel when you rediscover true hunger and satiety!

Worth it right?!

If you’re ready to recalibrate, focus on eating low cal, fiber-y foods.

Fiber and calorie density are the CORE focus with the meal plans, and it’s not unusual for members to see massive appetite reductions in less than four weeks.

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Will you make this commitment to yourself and your health?

Reset your appetite thermostat with this week’s meal plan.

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Does Eating Smaller Portions “Shrink Your Stomach?"

Does eating smaller portion sizes “shrink your stomach?”

And does your stomach S-T-R-E-T-C-H if you stuff yourself?

In a word: no.

BUT !!

You CAN reset your "appetite thermostat"

Research shows that day-to-day, we eat the same amount of food.

That is, we want (and eat) the same size lunch that we had yesterday.

Not necessarily the same amount of calories, but the same amount of VOLUME.

This is why traditional “dieting” creates feelings of deprivation.

If your appestat is set to an extra large cheese pizza for dinner…

A little bowl of soup will surely send you looking for more!

This is one reason why we focus on CALORIC DENSITY with the meal plans.

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More food, less calories.

It’s all about volume, volume, volume!

BIG portions so you feel SATISFIED and not deprived.

For example, what would leave you feeling more satisfied?

2 tablespoons of nuts or 2 CUPS of cantaloupe?

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They’re both approximately 106 calories!!!

Filling your daily volume quota with bulky, low cal foods is the first step!

Satisfy the volume demands with lower calorie choices...

…then recalibrate your appetite thermometer.

Tired of the “bottomless pit” stomach?

The agonizing need to overeat and eat more?

Are you ready to SHRINK your appetite FOR GOOD?

Tomorrow you’ll find out EXACTLY what you need to do to recalibrate your appestat (your appetite thermometer).

How to get back in touch with your satiation signals so you can naturally moderate your appetite and consumption.

(Plus 6+ easy ways to suppress the insatiable hunger dragon.)

For now, I want you to download and bookmark this FREE caloric density chart.

Food | calories per 1 cup

spinach 7

lettuce 8

broccoli 31

carrots 45

strawberries 49

apple 57

pineapple 78

tofu 176

black beans 210

chicken 214

brown rice 218

lentils 226

beef 263

garbanzo beans 269

oats 310

raisins 434

flour 455

almonds 546

sugar 774

cashews 786

oil 1728

If you focus on selecting foods with a low caloric density, you can worry less about how much of them you’re eating AND you’ll lose weight without ever feeling hungry or deprived (even if you’re restricting your calories) because you’re getting VOLUME.

Intuitively, you know 100 calories of carrot cake isn’t going to fill you up the same as 100 calories of baby carrots.

Seeing all the foods compared by their density is hugely insightful.

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