It’s difficult to break any bad habit, so breaking an unhealthy eating habit isn’t any different! There will be twists and turns along the way but taking small steps will lead you to a change in your relationship with food. Here are some helpful tips to get you started!
Remember growing up and hearing your mom say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” well, she was right! You should NEVER skip breakfast. When you eat a hearty, and healthy breakfast you are energizing your body, starting your metabolism, and making it so you stay FULL longer and don’t think about eating until lunch!
Any fast eaters out there?! You know, the ones who barely breath in-between bites… we’ve all seen it or have done it. Do you know what happens when you eat very fast? Here it is; when you eat too fast you aren’t giving your body the opportunity to signal to your brain that you are full. That’s why a lot of the time when you eat too quick you feel uncomfortably full instead of just satisfied. This often leads to over-eating which will then lead to weight-gain. Slow down! That way you will know when your stomach has had enough, and you won’t feel that “I regret this” stomach-ache post meal.
It doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing when it comes to eating healthy. So many of us set a goal in our mind and then if we break it, even just once, we decide to give up all together. It’s okay to have not-so-healthy foods sometimes (yes, we just said that) because we are all HUMAN and deserve to indulge from time to time. If you have a setback don’t punish yourself! Instead, get back to it! The worst thing you can do is give up on yourself.
Ever start indulging in a bag of chips and then think to yourself “why I am eating this, I’m not even hungry”. That is considered practicing mindfulness. Being mindful of what you are eating and why you are eating it may seem simple enough but sometimes is the most difficult thing to practice. Most of the time we eat when we really aren’t hungry but rather when we are A. Bored, C. Depressed, or D. Stressed. So, it’s important to remember this when you find yourself eating more than your body needs. When you find yourself in this situation it’s best to take a step back and ask yourself “Why?” or “Am I really hungry?”. You will most likely think to yourself “No, I am not”. When you are feeling bored, or depressed, or stressed, try to instead do something else you enjoy that can distract you from the food cabinet (like reading a book, drinking a cup of tea, knitting, etc.).