Let us ask ourselves. What makes us want to eat? Is there an emotional reason behind our eating? Let's identify all these reasons and try to manage them. Then we will be able to manage our environment so we can be successful in our endeavor to lose weight.
We overeat because food is readily available. Look around and you will see food everywhere. Then the sight and smell of these foods make our mouth water and we will want to eat them whether we are hungry or not. On top of this, we have been programmed to clean up our plate and not waste food.
What kinds of food do we buy and keep around the house? Will they make us healthy and lose weight? Or will the foods we keep handy just tempt us to eat? So the first thing we should do is clean up our pantry shelves and the cupboards where we keep these foods:
- Find out what healthy foods to keep and get rid of the ones that will make us gain weight and unhealthy.
- Find out enough portions to cook for us and our family and stick to it. If we find you have some extra, let's put them in the freezer to save for another meal.
- Wrap portions of snacks enough for each time so we will not overeat. I don't know about you but when I opened (not now, anymore, honest!) a bag of chips, I couldn't stop eating until I finished it all.
This is not easy to do, but we have to control what we buy and serve to make sure we eat only enough. After we have managed this part of our eating habit, the next challenge for us is what to do when we eat out. There will be strategies to keep in mind in this case and I will blog about it next time.
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