Have you ever noticed that you eat more when food is in sight? Were you even hungry before you reached for that box of crackers or dry cereal out the packet?
Mindless eating is becoming so easy these days, especially with our fridges and food cupboards being in such close proximity. Or, do you tend to get so caught up in a task that you suddenly realise you haven’t eaten a thing all day? Neither of these scenarios will do you any good in the long run.
Have you ever scheduled your snacks or prepared them in advance like you would do a meal? It can really help to portion out what you plan to eat so you can avoid over-eating, over-indulging, eating when you’re not hungry or choosing foods that are not good for you.
How about putting a note on the fridge door to remind you that the kitchen is closed until the next scheduled meal or snack! It might just take that moment of pausing to read the note to make a different choice and drink a glass of water instead of reaching for more food.
Next time you eat, make a conscious decision to really indulge in the taste, the textures, the smells, the colours and lay the table properly. Consciously decide to chew your food well and be prepared to take your time and enjoy it. See how it compares to how you normally eat and ask yourself what you could change to create better relationships with food and eating.