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HOW TO AVOID OVER EATING

HOW TO AVOID OVER EATING

We're well over the Christmas food frenzy and roughly at the stage where the New Year's diet and healthy living regime starts to go a bit awry. There has to be a better approach.

Fortunately there is. Most of us know that diets usually fail, so we need a strategy for eating the right amount. This starts with attitude, not appetite. That attitude includes being able to enjoy your food while having the confidence to say ‘enough’.

Here are some ideas on mindful eating. The main concept is to make food a happy part of life, not the ruler of your life.

EAT, DON’T INHALE!

Busy lifestyles and too many distractions have turned too many of us into guzzlers. We don’t notice what we are eating and so we tend to eat too much. So slow down, put the screen away and take time to savour the taste of your food.

TAKE THE EDGE OFF YOUR APPETITE

Self-control is difficult when you are really hungry, which is why you should never go food shopping with an empty stomach. If food will take a while, make yourself a quickly prepared starter. By the time the main course is ready, you’ll find it much easier not to load your plate.

MAKE FOOD A SOCIAL OCCASION

Humans have equated food with socialising ever since the caves. A shared meal is a chance to stop rushing about and to enjoy each other’s company. Chatting also slows down eating, which gives your stomach a chance to tell your brain ‘that’s enough’. Save your waistline, lunch with a friend!

DON’T HAVE FOOD GUILT

There’s nothing wrong with a real feast every now and then. Appreciate it as a treat, and enjoy it. No-one likes a food bore, so don’t be the one saying or thinking ‘I shouldn’t have eaten that’. Guilt never helps anyone, so don’t let it take you over. 

If you slip up occasionally, don't write the rest of the day off - a few chocolate biscuits doesn't give you carte blanche to spend the rest of the day eating ice cream and cheese. 

Enjoy your eating, balance it with some sociable exercise and take pleasure in your healthy lifestyle. Now that’s a new year resolution to make with pride.

 

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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