More than 200 decisions about food get made every day, but most people are not aware of them. Mindless eating is not only not thinking about what you eat, but also how you eat, and just how much you put in your body. You are more likely to overeat in front of the television. Check out these tips for thinking more about what (and how) you eat so you don’t derail your recovery.
When you think about what to eat, check out the food packaging. Opening a can or bag of chips can lead to you overeating a whole container, rather than pacing yourself by putting some on a plate. People eating from a bag of candy are more likely to eat extra if they have smaller portions or set some on a plate.
When you think about reducing portion size, it depends on whether you have smaller plates or taller glasses. If you want to stop eating so much at mealtimes, it helps to have smaller dishes to eat from. Smaller plates, more shallow bowls, short glasses with less depth are easier to fill with less liquid or food than those that are larger in size.
Make it Inconvenient
There is a saying that the harder you work for something, the more you appreciate it. The same is true for addiction recovery and the food you put into your body. You are more likely to eat healthier food and less of it if you cook at home. Don’t eat out because it is easier and give yourself the food you don’t need in that moment. Go for what feels good for you and is healthy by cooking at home when possible.
When you eat more slowly, you tend to eat less and feel full for longer. If you eat less, you will feel better overall. The extra time it takes your brain to realize you have eaten enough will help you think about what you choose to eat with and how you chew your food so you spend more time thinking about the food and flavors rather than rushing through the meal.
The last thing you should consider when thinking about healthy eating is not eating with screens or phones in front of you. The hardest thing to do is eat healthy when you have screens on and television going. You are more likely to mindlessly eat when this happens. The key to eating healthier meals is to eat with your mind more than your mouth. Focus on what you are eating and be patient with yourself. You are learning so don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get it at first and need some time to relearn bad habits. In time, you’ll find ways to boost your recovery with better eating habits in the future.
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