You’re going out to dinner, and you’ve already checked the
restaurant menu online and figured out the healthiest options you can order.
You’re feeling good about spending quality time with friends while still honoring
your body and brain with good nutrition. Everything’s going great, but then it
The server arrives at your table and places a basket of
warm, fresh out of the oven bread right in front of you. The scent overwhelms
your senses and you’re tempted to throw your good intentions out the window and
dive right in.
Every Brain Warrior knows this scenario. What do you do?
Everyone’s addicted to bread. Restaurants know this, and that’s
why they serve it! Bread is sugar, plain and simple. It instantly turns into
sugar in the body, which is why it’s so tasty and why it makes you feel so good
as soon as you eat it. But because it’s sugar, it can also contribute to
diabetes and make you gain weight—not what any Brain Warrior wants.
There is a substance in the gluten that’s found in bread that
breaks down in your gut, and once it digests, it passes through the blood-brain
barrier and attaches to the very same brain receptors where cocaine and
morphine attach. It is literally a drug. That’s why it’s so addictive and why it
makes you feel so good. And the more you give in and eat it, the more you crave
it. It’s a vicious cycle.
There’s a very simple solution to the restaurant bread
dilemma. As I like to say, don’t let the devil in the door. Don’t let them
leave the bread on the table! That way, you only have to make one decision, not
If you let them leave the basket on the table, you have to
make 30 decisions. And you have to try to stay focused on your long-term goals
while you’re faced with the tempting smell, watching your friends slather
butter on it, and hearing the satisfying crunch of the crust. You have to keep
fighting with yourself, asking yourself over and over, “Should I take a piece,
or shouldn’t I?”
Even I struggle if there’s bread on the table. Within 10
minutes, I’m slathering butter all over it and I’m having a full-blow affair
with the bread. That’s why, as soon as the server shows up with that basket, I
tell them, “No bread, thank you.” And once it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.
I can go back to focusing on catching up with my friends.
If you’re addicted to bread and typically indulge when
eating out, you’ll find that the less you eat it the less you crave it. It only
takes about a week to get over it.
When you’re going out to a restaurant, be a Warrior—be
armed, prepared, and aware. You can win the fight for your health. Not letting
servers leave bread on the table is a good first step.
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