You reach for a couple of crackers, and 15 minutes later, you’re left with nothing but crumbs and a guilty conscious. Mindless eating is one reason many women struggle with weight loss. The good news is that you can take control of your eating habits, and you can start today with these seven ways to tackle mindless eating.

A hectic schedule is a primary trigger for falling into the mindless eating trap. We’re busy, and that often translates into missing a meal. When you’re wrapped up in preparing for work or hustling the family out the door, you may not realize that you missed breakfast until your stomach starts protesting at 10 a.m. As a result, you inhale whatever food happens to be on hand.

Stress also drives us to mindless eating. You reach into that cookie box, telling yourself you’ll have just one. But it tastes so good, and you’ve had a rough day, so you eat a couple more…and then a few more. That’s why it’s critical to learn ways to avoid mindless eating.

7 Ways To Avoid Mindless Eating And Excess Calories

1. Stay Properly Hydrated

Many times when we think we are hungry we are actually thirsty. In some cases, you may be dehydrated. Making sure to consume the proper amount of water is key to your overall health and wellness. Drinking water before you eat is a great habit that will help to keep you properly hydrated and because you will be full, keep you from mindless food consumption &/or overeating.

2. Pick up a Hobby That Uses Your Hands

If your hands are occupied, you’re not going to snack mindlessly. Try teaching yourself to knit, juggle, or draw. You’ll keep yourself busy, stave off weight gain, and have a cool new skill to show off to people.

3. Put Everything You Want to Eat on The Plate

That way you see everything you want to eat before you eat it, and it’s harder to keep scooping the ice cream mindlessly out of the container and into your face.

4. Slow Down During Meals

Mindless eating isn’t just a snacking problem. It’s common to sit down at mealtimes and shovel food into the mouth, taking in too many calories in the process. Chew each bite fully before taking in another, and set utensils down between bites. This slows down eating, giving your stomach more time to send “I’m full” signals to the brain.

5. Brush Your Teeth After Eating

Keep a toothbrush and toothpaste at your desk, and brush after lunch. The clean, minty-fresh feeling and taste in your mouth deter you from wanting to consume sweet or savory foods. Who really wants another barbecue chip or chocolate-covered almond when their mouth tastes like toothpaste, right?

6. Make Sure your Snacks Contain Protein

Protein tends to cause us to feel fuller longer because it requires more energy to burn than carbs or fat. Check the grams of protein on your snacks and at the same time look for sugar content. Sometimes items with protein also contain too much sugar, in which case, you should choose something else.

7. Eat at the table, sitting down (no tv)

This comes back to being present when you eat (can you sense a theme building?!) Having the TV on or tapping away on your phone or computer is what so many of us have come to think of as normal. But this is the exact definition of mindless eating! If this is something you find yourself doing every day, try to either cut it out completely or have dedicated ‘no TV/ phone/ computer’ days.

Sources & References:
betterchoices.co
www.bennulife.com
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www1.cbn.com
abimanders.com

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