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While the foods we reach for are often driven by what we’re craving, our degree of hunger, or what happens to be in the fridge, the truth is, what you pick to pile your plate can completely alter — and affect — everything you do, say, feel, and even how you look. Because, well, we really are what we eat.
From tackling your to-do list, to maintaining a gorgeous glow or helping you unwind, we asked Nicole M. Avena, Ph.D., faculty member at the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University and author of Why Diets Fail (out January 2014) to share what foods will help make it all happen. You’ll never look at your dinner the same way again.
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