Monday, February 23, 2009

Mindless Eating

I have to say that I am one that falls into the "mindless eating" category. In the past 6 months I have really been trying to pay closer attention to this. I'll ask myself... "Am I really hungry for that?" "Is it just to 'comfort' me?" "Is this the healthiest thing to eat if I'm hungry?"

There are also times where I've eaten something and then can't even remember if it taked good to me? And then I get frustrated with myself saying, "Why did I just eat that???"

Are you a mindless eater?

Jillian Michaels' Newletter, that gets sent to me via email, has some great tips on mindless eating. Here is what she had to say about it.

Curb Mindless Eating

Okay, you've all heard the term "grazing" — you know, picking at food throughout the day instead of (or in addition to) eating regular meals. This constant, indiscriminate eating — especially when you're focused on another task, such as talking on the phone or watching TV — is the downfall of many a committed dieter, but it doesn't have to be.

If you're piling on pounds because you eat when you're distracted or bored, rather than when you're actually hungry, try the following tactics to break the habit.


To curb daytime grazing:
  • Don't eat while you're standing up, in the car, or on the go or when you don't have time for a full, proper meal. If you sit down at mealtime and pay attention to every bite, you will be more relaxed, you'll notice when you're satisfied so that you won't overeat — and you'll actually enjoy your food!
  • Don't skip meals. I mean it. You might think you're saving yourself calories, but it will only leave you famished and more likely to consume extra calories later on to feel full.

To curb nighttime grazing:

  • Why do most people graze at night? Because they're bored. If you've been thinking about taking up knitting, crossword puzzles, Ping-Pong, or some other hobby that will keep your brain busy in the evening, now is the time to do it.
  • Brush your teeth. Food never seems quite as appealing when you have that fresh, minty toothpaste taste in your mouth.
  • Try a cup of hot tea; the warm liquid in your stomach can help you feel satiated.
(Michaels, 2009)

1 comment:

JnL4God said...

Sarah
I have this weeks post up. :)

Lynn