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Why You Eat Like Your Colleagues

If you need an excuse as to why those extra pounds won’t go away — or sneakily may be adding to the scales — a new study shows you might be able to blame it on your friends and work colleagues. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, our eating habits can be heavily influenced by what those around us are eating at the moment. The amounts we eat are also part of the need-to-conform feelings we get when we eat in a group, researchers found — and if your colleagues are eating a lot of heavy, sugar-laden foods, you will be to, as well.

Peer pressure is an enormous challenge, no matter what your environment. But the good news is you can choose to eat healthier despite what everyone else might be doing. If for no other reason, eating the right amount of certain foods may help cut your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by almost half.

As for chemically "enhanced" and processed meats, including bacon, salami, pepperoni, ham, pastrami, hot dogs and some sausages and hamburgers, you may be interested to know they're now classified as carcinogenic (along with tobacco and asbestos), as studies show they can cause cancer in humans.

“Good” foods that most people don’t eat enough of include omega-3 fats, raw nuts and seeds, veggies and wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Bad” foods that too many of us eat, but need to eliminate include farmed seafood, sugary drinks and soda, artificial sweeteners, processed meats like bacon and hot dogs, and meats from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

I also personally advocate monitoring the amount of protein you eat. Protein is necessary for good health, but serving sizes are critical because your body can only use so much. In fact, excessive protein could actually be worse than eating too many carbs.
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