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How Long It Takes The Brain To Recognize Fullness

Updated: May 5, 2021

Now that we’re past Labor Day…who’s ready for fall?! I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for this time of year. Pumpkin carving, apple picking…I’m here for all of it.

I love this time of year because we have so much to look forward to before the year’s end. All of the best holidays are ahead of us. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…I can't wait!. This also means that tasty treats will be all around us over the next 4 months, which is both great and not-so-great at the same time.

As you probably know, I’m all about enjoying treats (in moderation). With the spirit of celebration, let’s talk about mindfulness while eating. Today’s nutrition tip of the week is more of a nutrition fact of the week:

It takes the brain 20 minutes to recognize that the body is full.

Do you relate to this? Have you ever eaten a delicious meal and felt way too full half an hour later? Me too. And now you know why…your brain didn't tell you fast enough that your body was full, so you kept eating (and that's not your fault!).

Keep this in mind next time you have a meal. If you’ve eaten dinner and still feel #hungry after, give your brain 20 minutes to catch up with your body. Still hungry after 20 minutes? Now you know that your body is still hungry for real. Go back for seconds.


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