Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Tags: calmer mealtimes | healthy eating | soft dining ambiance | fast food dining | ambiance and eating | Dr. Oz

Calmer Mealtimes Can Lead to Healthier Eating

Thursday, 04 Oct 2012 08:56 AM

Why don't vampires cruise the fast-food restaurants? Is it because there's too much cholesterol in the customers' hemoglobin? Nope. It's the bright lights, colors, and sounds in fast-food temples of cardiac arrest that would send "The Vampire Diaries'" Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) and "Twilight's" 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. You will look better, weigh less, and dodge a host of ailments from poor digestion to heart disease. So we ask you: Are you eating at your desk under fluorescent 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 while watching TV?

Well, we've got the solution — and you'll 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 (a dash of healthy olive oil and balsamic vinegar), steamed fresh veggies (flavored with chili sauce, mustard, basil, or dill) 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.


© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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