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You’ve probably heard that eating too fast often leads to overeating. Did you know that your state of mind has a lot to do with how much you eat. Before you put the first forkful of food in your mouth consider these ideas from Rosalie Schiappacasse, MS, MSW, at Nutritional & Behavioral Care:
Take deep breaths before a meal. Look at your food and ask yourself: “Is this food nourishing my body? Will it make me feel confident, happy and energetic or will it make me feel tired, depressed and guilty?” Make sure your plate is filled with balanced protein vegetables ad healthy fats.
Make sure you’re not starving before a meal. If you are, eat some vegetables, fruit, nuts, avocado or protein first. Then, wait and eat one hour later. We tend to eat too fast if we’re starving.
Turn the TV, computer and/or cell phone off. You deserve 30 minutes to yourself. If you’re focused on the meal, you can pay attention to your body cues and know when you are full.
Now, it’s time to actually slow down your eating. Put your fork down between bites and follow these other simple tips.
Pace yourself with the person you’re eating with. Always have the other person finish their meal AFTER you. If you’re halfway done before him, put your fork down and wait until he is halfway done. Then, continue the second half of your plate together.