We all overeat from time to time – at a party, a celebration, or when on holiday. This is perfectly ok as long as we reign in on gorging everything in sight once the event is over. It’s when we let our eating get out of control on a day-to-day basis that we really need to be concerned about. So yes it’s time to get back in control of your food. And as ever, there’s always a way to get there. It takes a wee bit of planning and know how to keep those stubborn pounds at bay. Allow me to introduce to some of them……
So what is it that triggers off a binge for you? Is it the office doughnuts, that pint straight after a football session with the lads? Once you’ve identified this, come up with a plan to nip it in the bud. For example, if you know you’re going to have a few (much needed) drinks after work, stick to a gin and tonic rather than the obligatory glass of wine. Or if you go to the cinema and drool over all that popcorn, make sure you have a good healthy snack before you go.
I can’t reiterate enough how important a food diary was to me when I was shifting my fat. Throughout the day it’s amazing what you pop in your mouth without even thinking about it. Looking at your list in black and white will give you a wake up call!
Socialise food free
We all tend to eat more in social situations especially when we see everyone else diving in! For a refreshing change, why not try to get together with friends and family over activities that don’t just include food. Go fo a long walk, bike ride or encourage others to go and do a gym class. That way if you do have food afterwards or before, at least you will have worked some of it off. What a bravo idea 🙂
people often complain that they can’t find something healthy on the menu. Well, at first glance it can always seem like this but when you scrutinise a menu there is always something on it that will be healthy. And don;t forget you can always ask the waiter/waitress to tailor the food to your needs. Have a jacket instead of chips, ask for the dressing on the side. If a places serves big portions, share a started and a main meal.
Concentrate on your meal
Don’t just grab your food and go! I mean where’s the pleasure in that? Instead sit down and enjoy your meal, concentrate on the food you are eating, the texture of it, the smell, the taste. Believe you me you will be less likely to overeat when you do this so give it a go.
Eat small meals often
Eating frequent small meals during the day will not only keep your blood sugar levels stable and your energy high but it will help you to avoid eating that three course meal later on. When you eat small regularly, you’re less likely to binge.
I once read that we should give ourselves at least 10 minutes to ask ourselves if we really need that bar or chocolate or bag of crisps in the vending machine. Sometimes we think we have hunger pangs when really we just have a desire to taste something in our mouths. This is totally different to stomach hunger when the belly rumbles (normally at the most inappropriate times I must add!)
As soon as you tell your brain you can’t have something, boy will you want it. So the key is not to be too rigid about your eating otherwise you will feel deprived. This will lead to overeating.
You always crave a dessert after a meal, right? If that is you, keep it out of the house. You are less likely to get up from your sofa to your local shop to buy something to satisfy your sugar fix.
Well, those were just some of my own tips I’ve learned over the years and find useful to this very day. They are not hard to remember, just little pointers that can help us feel in control when we feel our eating habits are going haywire. And of course if you’ve got your own thoughts, handy tips, ideas of your own, don’t be shy and keep them to yourself – please share. Remember we’re all in this together! 🙂
it. The odd sweet here, a glass of juice there. It all adds up. Keep p it simpleand you’ll soon start to see where you’re over eastting.