This podcast deals with bread and for many of you reading this, you will readily identify how bread has been a major issue when it comes to losing weight.

There is huge choice when it comes to bread and it’s not surprising that there is so much confusion as to:

–  which is the right bread to eat?

– which is the healthiest bread to eat?

– which is the highest in fats, sugars, etc?

It’s a minefield and we need to be especially vigilant in looking closer at the labels and the ingredients.

Maebh explores how bread, for her, was and is a trigger food (check out her blog on bread as a trigger food). She observes how people around her could have one or two slices but that she wouldn’t. She’d keep eating and afterwards, would feel incredibly bloated and wouldn’t feel well. And this experience around bread would repeat itself again and again.

Today, Maebh weight is much more manageable, in no small part to the fact that bread plans a much smaller role in her life.

Maebh explains the science that part explains our love affair with bread. Bread activates the brain’s appetite reard and appetite pathways – this is in marked contracts to protein based foods.

With bread, it feels good so you want more to get the same effect / hit. Insulin will spike and then your blood sugar levels crash.

Everyone is different and for some their trigger is sugar, for many other including Maebh, it’s bread.

A key piece of advice from Maebh is to say no to the bread basket. When you rationalise it – eating bread before a meal is just a (bad) habit. Why would you fill yourself up and not leave room for the main course.

Continue this discussion on bread by listening in to the podcast below,

Blog Post by Michael O'Brien