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Smart Ways To Refocus Eating Habits


I think most of us have tried a number of diets and all sorts of psychological tricks to beat that number on the scale. And many work some of the time, or for six months, or whatever.

But what we really may need is a way to reprogram our approach to food. Recently I saw a Care2 article that suggests a variety of ways to change our approach to food.

Mindless Eating

They suggest hiding your cereals, maintaining those people who keep the cereal on the counter on average weigh 21 pounds more than those folks who tuck them away in the cabinets!

I think I can see why this is true, when you see teens grab the cereal box and use it as a feeding trough, much like a bag of chips! Also, with the box on the counter no one has to measure an amount into a bowl, and be able to acknowledge just how much they are eating.

The article continues with more ways to avoid mindless eating, and, I would agree, that is where we can easily get lost in calories as we happily munch along.

I find myself doing this with chips and salsa. The fresh homemade salsa is reassuringly healthy. But how many chips are used to enjoy it often go untracked. Only my hips know!

Mindful Eating Helps

The opposite of mindless is mindful and that’s where I think you might want to be, as you become aware of everything you eat. Diet groups use this technique, suggesting you keep a running log of everything you eat, online or in a diary. It makes you responsible for each item and gives you a look at daily summaries as you track your weight.

Isolating eating from all of the other things you do can help make it mindful too. Skip reading, watching TV, cruising websites, etc., and eat somewhere inviting – on the patio, or at the table, and with friends, or family, as much as possible.

Next, as you eat, slow everything down. If you are just dining, you can pause, talk to your companions, or just daydream a little as you enjoy your meal.

Finally, the nutritionists often advise, learn to chew and then chew again, turning each mouthful into a watery grassy consistency, which predigests the food making it easier on your stomach, and reducing the amount you consume.

When you are stressed or rushed things get eaten rapidly and then can sit in your stomach undigested, and unfortunately, even becoming rotten and toxic, in the time it takes to process them.

Whatever choice you try to refocus food, eat less and then ultimately weigh less, don’t give up. These techniques can work and, as you get into new grooves and pounds start to leave, you will probably invent even more.


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