Overeating...it is an easy thing to do. We all do it and it leaves us with a bellyache or a sense of guilt (if you're trying to lose a few pounds). Since it takes 20 minutes after you start eating to register feelings of fullness, slowing down while eating is a great way to avoid eating more than you need. Here are a few tips on how to avoid that over full feeling.
- Put your fork down between bites and completely chew your food before shoveling in the next bite.
- Meditate on the food. I have already told you about the chocolate meditation, and you can do it with any food. Pay attention to the taste and the texture of what you are eating.
- Don't eat in front of the TV. Mindless snacking often translates into overeating.
- Eat foods that require some work - artichokes, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pomegranate, crab or lobster. You have to work for your food here and that will help slow you down.
- If you eat with your family or house mates engage in conversation. Since you don't want to be impolite and talk with your mouth full, it will take longer for you to eat. Plus a good conversation and good meal make a great combination.
- Try to avoid eating on the run. Wolfing food down in your car or while walking to the subway is a horrible way to digest food. Plus you generally make choices based on convenience rather than your health.
I sure do hope these tips help you slow it down.