Western civilization has ingrained habitual, mindless eating rather than listening to the signals from the brain that communicate that we are no longer hungry.
We eat until we are bloated, stuffed and ready to take a nap. We often joke about a “carb coma” but realistically should we be eating to the point of discomfort?
Obesity and diabetes are two major health problems in the United States, path of which lead to other health complications and comorbidities.
However, something as simple as focusing on the quality vs the quantity of our meals can help reduce mindless eating.
This isn’t to say we can’t live a life of abundance and treat ourselves with the foods we enjoy, but the key to this lock is mindfulness. Remaining aware and attentive and knowing when to say enough already.
I will be the first to admit, I’ll pick up a box of, anything really, and eat right from the box the next thing I know I’ve eaten way more than intended, but if we took a few extra steps we would be much better off.
Here are some ways to prevent mindless eating:
1. Separate foods into measured portions. Meal prepping is a great option to control your eating habits.
2. Don’t buy the foods that you know are hard to keep control of and resist temptation.
3. Put away your snacks, when they are visibly and readily available you’re more likely to indulge.
4. Don’t punish yourself for eating too much, this creates negative reinforcement. Rather reward yourself for reaching your goals ( in moderation of course).
5. Seek out someone to hold you accountable. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or coach. You don’t need to do this alone.
Turn your meals into a mindful experience.
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