Is it possible to smell yourself to a lighter weight?

Researchers at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, found that participants who smelled green apples, bananas, or peppermint several times a day, whenever they felt hungry, were able to lose unwanted weight up to 30 lbs. The research group consisted of 3,200 women who were tested with specific scents. Ages of the women varied from 18 to 64 with the experiment lasting six months. Along with bananas and green apples they were also given peppermint and vanilla. Neutral scents as opposed to strong scents have a positive effect. Smell is a crucial part of tasting food. The smell of strong scents of food can cause us to crave certain foods and overeat. Whereas smelling neutral scents can trick the brain into thinking that it has already satisfied the need to eat.

3 tips that may be helpful in maintaining a healthy weight:

  1. Try to avoid wandering down aisles that contain foods that may tempt you in your desire to eat healthy.
  2. Begin a shopping list by looking inside your fridge at the items you made use of, eliminate buying items that were allowed to spoil.
  3. Try using the store pickup option. It can relieve you of temptation. You will be able to order beforehand only the items you may need.

Middle Eastern- Spiced spinach and lentil soup with garlic yogurt…

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot finely chopped
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tsp ground cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp sweet paprik
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 6 ½ cups vegetable stock
  • 3 vined ripened tomatoes chopped
  • 16 oz. spinach chopped
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges

For the Garlic Yogurt:

  • 3 oz. natural Greek yogurt
  • 2 small garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Soup:

  • Heat oil in a large pan, then add, onion, carrots, garlic, chili flakes, some salt and pepper. Stir, cover, cook for 7-8 minutes until soft and lightly golden.
  • Uncover pan, add cumin, paprika. Stir a few seconds, add puree. Add lentils and stock, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, mix all ingredients for garlic sauce, add salt and chill.
  • Add diced tomatoes to soup and simmer for 5 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bunch up the spinach leaves and slice them thin (fine shreds). Stir into soup until wilted.
  • Serve with yogurt sauce on top. Sprinkle paprika on top
  • Serve with a lemon slice

Courtesy of Anarosa Nazario

White Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip…

Ingredients:

-1 jar (12oz.) roasted red peppers

-1 can (15oz.) white beans, drained and rinsed

-10 oil-marinated sun-dried tomato halves, coarsely chopped

-2 garlic cloves

-3 tbsp. avocado oil

-1 tsp. dried oregano

-1 tsp. ground cumin

-1/4 tsp. chili powder or dash of cayenne pepper

-Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

-Using a food processor or blender, process peppers until smooth

-Add beans, tomatoes, garlic, avocado oil, oregano, cumin, and chili powder

-Blend mixture until it is a smooth puree

-Season with salt and pepper

-Set aside for 1 hour-best at room temperature

-Will store up to 3 days in refrigerator

-Can also be served chilled

(Recipe complements of The American Institute of Cancer Research)