Slow Down Lunch and Curb Afternoon Cravings
Eating a slower lunch may help to curb your afternoon appetite and cravings. A new study that will be published in the journal Appetite in June, based on research at the University of Birmingham, UK, suggests that slowing down the pace of your lunch, and chewing thoroughly for at least 30 seconds per bite, helped study participants to consume half as many snacks later in the day. Focusing on the meal may help to provide more satiation and pleasure, delaying hunger signals later in the day.
There are a number of changes you can make to your diet, if you are beginning to plan a family. After all, health can affect fertility. Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, eating calcium rich foods, choosing healthy fats to use in salad dressings and in marinades, watching your sodium, are all good habits that support your health.
If you’re a guy, then you might think about specifically reducing consumption of saturated fats – typically found in red meat, the skin of white meat, dairy products, fried foods and yes, in pizza. A recent study out of the University of Southern Denmark suggests that saturated fat may impact sperm production. Subjects in the study showed as much as a 41% decrease in their sperm count, when they reported eating a diet high in saturated fat. Observing Meatless Mondays, and substituting fish and other lean and non-meat protein sources for red meat, might be a good dietary change for men who are in the family-planning stages.