Why dont vampires cruise the fast-food restaurants? Its the bright lights, colors and sounds in fast-food temples of cardiac arrest that would send The Vampire Diaries Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) and Twilights Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) running out of the place. And so it should be for mere mortals, too.
The ambiance that defines the decor of beef-to-go dining rooms gets people to eat faster and down more calories than they would in a dimly lit room with soothing music.
We want to help you avoid the same hazards at work and at home. So we ask you: Are you eating at your desk under florescent lights, stressing out about a deadline? At home, do you eat standing up at the kitchen counter, or munch down chips, soda and who-knows-what else while watching TV?
Well, weve got the solution and youll notice how much better your tummy feels.
1. Turn off digital devices (TV, too). Set places with moderate-size dishes at a table with comfortable chairs. Turn off the overhead light. Play some soft music.
2. Prepare a salad, steamed fresh veggies and broiled fish (salmon or trout).
3. Now settle in for a good conversation with your kids or partner, and calmly enjoy every forkful. Repeat, at least daily.
The You Docs Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic are authors of YOU: Losing Weight. To submit questions, go to www.RealAge.com. A King Features syndicate.