5 Ways to Curb Your Appetite

Are you tired of eating a meal or snack, only to be hungry again a short time later? There are a number of reasons this can happen, and knowing the effects certain foods have on the body will allow you to effectively curb your appetite and prevent the urge to snack outside of mealtime. Let's take a look at 5 ways to curb your appetite by eating the right foods and avoiding foods that will leave you feeling unfulfilled and hungry a short time later.

1. Eat a Hearty Breakfast.

Calorie counters tend to skimp on breakfast because they're trying to save their calories for the meals they'll eat later on in the day. A huge University of Cambridge study done in 2008 determined people who consumed more calories at breakfast time gained less wait than those who ate small breakfasts, even when those who ate large breakfasts consumed more total calories throughout the day. Researchers determined that redistribution daily caloric intake so that more calories are taken in early in the day may effectively reduce weight gain in middle-aged adults.

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Recipe: Gluten-Free Paleo Banana Bread

Before I went Paleo, I used to make banana bread regularly. It was one of my favorite breads to make and I had a couple recipes that had been handed down from my grandmother to my mother to me that were phenomenal. They were slightly moist, seemed to melt in your mouth with every bite and were bursting with the flavor of banana. Good banana bread is hard to beat.

I waited a long time after going Paleo to attempt to create a gluten-free version of these breads. It felt like I would be doing the recipes I had a huge disservice by even attempting to convert them to Paleo ingredients. Finally, a few years back during a holiday weekend at my sisters house, who isn't Paleo and had a table full of tempting traditional breads, I decided I'd tortured myself for long enough.

My first effort at Paleo banana bread didn't end well. I mixed all of the ingredients together and placed them in the loaf pan and everything looked pretty good as it went into the oven. It even smelled like banana bread as it cooked. The timer buzzed and I opened the oven, eyes wide with anticipation. When I pulled the loaf pan out and peered into it, I found a short, squat brick that barely resembled bread. I should have hucked it in the garbage on the spot.

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Stickers on Organic Produce May Contain Chemicals that Aren't Organic

Here's something most people who eat organic foods have probably never thought about. While organic produce is largely free of the harmful herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers used to grow traditional crops, they do share one thing in common: the sticker. The stickers found on organic fruits and vegetables that identify them as being organic use adhesive glues that may be contaminating the food with compounds that are decidedly not organic.

Here's a link to the FDA code that shows what chemical compounds are allowed to be included in sticker resin:


A quick glance at the list reveals a number of chemicals deemed safe by the FDA that you probably don't want coming in contact with your organic produce. BHA, BHT, butyl rubber, petrolatum, polystyrene and rubber are all on the list, as are a number of petroleum byproducts and other chemical compounds.

Sure, the amount of chemicals the sticker leaches into a piece of fruit or a vegetable is going to be miniscule, but it's yet another contaminant I don't need or want in my food. People purchase organic products in order to avoid chemical contamination, so it borders on ludicrous they're allowed in the stickers that certify the foods.

Some of these compounds can be absorbed into the fruit or vegetable, so washing it may not get rid of all the residue. Your best bet is to grow your own produce or find a local source of organic produce that doesn't use stickers. Your local farmer's market or co-op may sell organic produce without stickers.



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