Get rid of your ‘Food Baby’ after Labor Day:  Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

Do you know what I mean when I say ‘Food baby’?  

Here’s my story:  Here I am heading to a fun summer gathering: a party, beach, bonfire, lake, festival.  Super cute outfit, barefoot, lots of friends, laughing and ‘talking story’. I start to think…”well, I’ve been really good all week with my low carb-ness”, I’ll just have a glass of wine and a small bite of the deliciousness that everyone is partaking in.  Fast forward a few hours and I’m fully off the rails and eating and drinking everything in site. What happened? I look down at my bloatedness and see her…My Food Baby. Is that what I was ‘expecting’?

Likely story…You don’t remember how it happened.  You thought you used protection. Ha. I get it. If you are anything like me you’ve overindulged a few times- maybe A LOT.  The excuses are many: It’s vacation, it’s summer ice cream, it’s the extra food and cocktails while laying in the sun- I Understand.  

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Sometimes those summer feasts are just amazing.

And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the parties, and the ambiance.

It is way too easy (and common) to indulge on those days.

But it doesn’t always stop there.

Sometimes we overeat on regular days.  Or at regular meals. Or All. The. Time.

Here are three tips to avoid overeating at meals.

(Psst, turn these into habits and ditch the willpower!)

Tip #1: Start with some water

When your stomach is growling and you smell amazingly delicious food it’s too easy to fill a plate (or grab some samples with your bare hands) and dive into the food.

But did you know that it’s possible to sometimes confuse the feeling of thirst with that of hunger?  Your stomach may actually be craving a big glass of water rather than a feast.

Some studies have shown that drinking a glass or two of water before a meal can help reduce the amount of food eaten.  And this super-simple tip may even help with weight loss (…just sayin’).

Not only will the water start to fill up your stomach before you get to the buffet, leaving less room for the feast but drinking enough water has been shown to slightly increase your metabolism.

Win-win!

Tip #2: Try eating “mindfully”

You’ve heard of mindfulness but have you applied that to your eating habits?

This can totally help you avoid overeating as well as having the added bonus of helping your digestion.

Just as being mindful when you meditate helps to focus your attention on your breathing and the present moment being mindful when you eat helps to focus your attention on your meal.

Do this by taking smaller bites, eating more slowly, chewing more thoroughly, and savouring every mouthful.  Notice and appreciate the smell, taste and texture. Breathe.

This can help prevent overeating because eating slower often means eating less.  

When you eat quickly you can easily overeat because it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to know that your stomach is full.

So take your time, pay attention to your food and enjoy every bite.

Bonus points: Eat at a table (not in front of the screen), off of a small plate, and put your fork down between bites

Tip #3: Start with the salad

You may be yearning for that rich, creamy main dish.

But don’t start there.

(Don’t worry, you can have some…just after you’ve eaten your salad).

Veggies are a great way to start any meal because they’re full of not only vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and health-promoting phytochemicals but they also have some secret satiety weapons: fiber and water.

Fiber and water are known to help fill you up and make you feel fuller.  They’re “satiating”.

And these secret weapons are great to have on your side when you’re about to indulge in a large meal.

Summary:

Have your glass of water, eat mindfully, and start with your salad to help avoid overeating at meals.

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References:

https://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-of-water/

http://summertomato.com/the-science-behind-mindful-eating-what-happens-to-your-body-during-a-mindful-meal

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