5 Things Your Parents Got Wrong About Food
Dessert as a reward, snacks that wreck your appetite, and other parental nutrition myths.
4. Hurry up!
Did your parents rush your breakfast so you were on time for school? If you still eat in a hurry, you might miss your body's cues that you're full.
"It takes 20 minutes for the brain to register that you feel full," Brown-Riggs says. "If you eat too quickly, you can scarf down a lot of food in a 20-minute period, and then you feel stuffed."
Update: Slow down. Take mini-breaks by putting your food and utensils down between bites, Brown-Riggs says.
5. You deserve dessert today!
"We never want to use food as a reward; it sends the wrong message," Brown-Riggs says. "The wires get crossed, and we no longer eat because we're hungry; we eat because we were good and we deserve something."
Update: It's great to reward yourself, but not with food. How about a movie, a manicure, or time with friends? "Soon, you'll realize that you shouldn't just eat because you think you deserve something," Brown-Riggs says.