We’ve all sat down in front of the TV with a favorite snack — say a bag of chips or sleeve of cookies — and before the show is over you’ve eaten the whole thing. This is called “mindless eating,” and it’s a bad habit. Whether you’re eating fatty snacks or enjoying a SuperFood, if you don’t pay attention to how many calories you’re shoveling into your mouth, you won’t be able to meet any kind of diet resolution.
Here are some tricks to make your SuperFoodsRx diet work.
Tips for Mindful Eating
- The first step to breaking bad eating habits is to focus on your food. Avoid other activities while eating, including watching TV, reading or working at your desk. Rather, savor every bite and chew your food thoroughly. You’ll not only slow down and enjoy your food, but you’ll feel fuller faster.
- Secondly, pay attention to your hunger. Sometimes we think we’re hungry when we’re not. Before you start munching, follow these few steps to determine if you really need to eat.
- Take your emotional pulse. How do you feel? Are you bored? Stressed? Angry? Tired? Sometimes distracting yourself for five minutes will cure your “hunger.” Try calling a friend, taking a quick walk or checking your e-mail before putting food in your mouth. If you still think you’re hungry, check the time. If it’s not mealtime, drink a glass of water or tea and wait 10 minutes. Sometimes your body’s thirst signal can create interference with your sense of hunger.
- If you’re still feeling hungry, have a low-sodium V8 or Trader Joe’s low-sodium Garden Medley drink. If that’s not enough, try a handful of veggies and wait another 10 minutes. If your SuperNutrient drink and veggie sticks aren’t enough, eat a piece of fruit and wait 10 more minutes. If you’re still hungry, have a SuperFoods snack like nuts, but be mindful not to eat too many.
Being on a SuperFoodsRx diet is easy — you just need to pay attention. You’ll not only start to learn more about yourself, your moods, and what triggers set you off to eat, but you’ll end up feeling a lot healthier, too.