Thursday, September 23, 2010
So, how do I fight my craving...that which causes mindless eating? I offer the following words of advice:
1) Don't eat in front of the big screen. Or the little screen. In fact, just eliminate all distractions. (Your
computer, a book...whatever, really.)
2) If you absolutely must eat in front of the screen, make it a snack. Put an appropriate serving on a
small plate and forget about seconds.
3) Forget about seconds when you're at the table, too. Serve yourself appropriately and make it last.
4) Take small bites and chew everything completely. It will take you longer to eat, which means you
might actually hear your body communicate fullness before it's too late.
5) Stay focused on your food. Pay attention to the various tastes and smells in front of you. Actually
enjoy your meal or snack for what it is.
6) If you feel as though you need to eat—ask yourself why. Is it time for a meal? Are you truly
hungry? Better yet—are you bored? Mindless eating is often the result of boredom, so distract
yourself when the urge to eat something hits.
7) Stay out of the kitchen at parties. We so often gather there because that's where all the food is
displayed. If you must, make a small plate of the healthiest options and consume your choices
slowly. That way, you won't eat mindlessly as you gab about this, that and the other thing.
Remember, mindless eating is a diet trap. The tips above will help you avoid it, but since we aren't perfect, I make my 8th and final tip about the moment after you realize that you might have just eaten mindlessly.
8) Move on. It happens, but it isn't the end of the world. The moment you realize that you've
overindulged is the moment you should hit your healthy switch again. Erase what you've done by
returning to your smartest ways of eating. And maybe hit the gym when you can. That never hurts.
Question: Are you prone to mindless eating? When and where?
Posted by TARA