About a year ago I developed a slight addiction. Have you ever tried baked cheddar and sour cream chips? Well, I have- many times. To me, those things are like crack. I literally had to stop buying them because no matter how badly I only wanted to eat a few, I found myself eating at least half the bag every time. 
     You might not have had a strange and ridiculous addiction to a brand of chips before, but we’ve all had those times where we’re sitting on the couch watching a movie- remote in one hand, snack in the other- where we effortlessly eat a whole bag of chips, 14 oreos, or entirely too much cheese dip for anyones body to properly digest. 
    It’s called “mindless eating” for a reason. When we are distracted, we tend to make poor food choices. But, like anything else, it’s easy to make good food choices when that is your main focus. 

Here are some tried and true tips that will put a halt to your mindless eating: 

1. Never eat dinner in front of the TV. 
2. Furthermore, when you are at home, only eat at the dining room table. Having a designated place to eat will help discourage snacking out of boredom. 
3. If you feel hungry, but logically know you shouldn’t be, drink a large glass of water. Oftentimes, we mistake thirst for hunger.
4. Slow down. A lot of us have busy schedules and have gotten into the habit of scarfing down food as quickly as possible. This is not good for digestion and doesn’t allow enough time for your mind  to realize that you are actually full. People who eat quickly tend to overeat. 
5. If you are in the habit of eating too quickly, try choosing foods that take a long time to chew so that your mind has time to catch up to your stomach. 
6. Serve your meals on small plates, or in small bowls. Psychologically, we like to feel like we have a “full” plate of food. If you choose smaller serving dishes, you will feel satisfied after eating less. 
7. Don’t keep foods in the house that tempt you to make poor choices for your body. I vowed to stop buying the chips I mentioned above because whenever I knew they were in the house, I was always "needing" a snack. But I wasn’t even remotely hungry. 
8. Monitor your portions. Instead of eating ice cream straight out of the carton, scoop out the amount you want into a small bowl. This will keep you from having that, “did I really just eat all that?” moment. 
9. Plan your meals. Don’t expect to be successful at eating well if you don’t prepare. Prepare your meals as well as your snacks so that you will reach for those when you are truly hungry, instead of a bag of chips from your office vending machine. 

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