You see that lone decadent chocolate chip cookie swimming in the white plate. The last cookie. Last. Cookie. Thoughts fly faster than hummingbirds.
- “One cookie won’t kill me – it’s only ____ (fill in the blank) points.”
- “You really shouldn’t – it’s too indulgent.”
- “But, what if I skip lunch? Then I can have it.”
As your arguments engage in a ping-pong battle in your brain, your stomach starts to growl. ‘Make up your mind already,’ it seems to say. So, is your body hungry or is it the sight of that cookie that sends rumbling messages to eat it?
Turns out, there’s some truth being expressed in that the gut hormone ghrelin is our bodies signal to the hypothalamus in our brain that we need to feed. Your stomach empties, your blood sugar blues begin, you see food, ghrelin to the rescue. You begin to eat.
Here’s what’s curious about ghrelin. (more…)