After a particularly indulgent weekend, the “I will restart my plan on Monday” plan looks ever-more enticing. So when Monday rolls around, do you follow through? Our brains are wired for pleasure and easily get stuck in patterns, especially when they are foods that are particularly rewarding for the brain – foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat release dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. This biological response is indistinguishable to the brain’s response from recreational drugs. Aha! That’s why it’s so hard to say no those leftover cakes, cookies and potato chips in my pantry.
Take a step back – instead of reaching for the that quick carbohydrate fix, give yourself room to respond and plan out your day of clean eating. This museli is a perfect start to that day. The hemp and chia seeds are packed with omega 3 fats for better neuron functioning (meaning better life decisions) and while buckwheat is a carb, it stabilizes blood sugar to prevent the sugar crash (and then craving) later in the day. Store extras in your refrigerator to protect the delicate fats from damage from heat. Enjoy!
Written by Miriam Jacobson, the Food Coach Nutrition Associate. Miriam is also available for consultationPhoto Credit: Dana James