This article is a good place to start overcoming overeating. I think the next step (or the first step) should be eating ONLY when hungry. I tend to eat only healthy foods: skinless chicken, fruit, vegetables dipped in hummus, salads. I limit my sugar and I don't drink juices, sodas, or fancy coffee (although I sometimes have a latte for a snack and call it a protein boost). My problem is that I eat when I'm not hungry, but when I feel like I'm "scheduled" to eat. I typically go 100-400 calories over even though I eat "what food eats" as it were. I have to work very hard to pay close attention to whether I'm hungry or not, and to eat small amounts and stop when I'm full instead of when my plate is empty, or when I've hit a calorie amount for that meal. When I do, though, I hit my mark every time.
The only note here I disagree with is tasting while cooking. With few exceptions (like a meal you've made a thousand times or something fairly ordinary that you know what it tastes like), good cooking requires the occasional taste test. I'm not willing to take the leap of faith required to prep and serve a meal without checking and adjusting seasoning and texture even once. As long as it's a tiny taste once or twice and not whole spoonfuls of food, the effect should be mostly negligible, and of course we can always track those tastings!
10/27/2010 9:52:28 AM
This article was very helpful...I'm eating the right things and now I know how to tell when I am eating too much of the right things.
In a restaurant, when finished my meal, I not only cover the 'left overs' with my napkin, but actually push the plate away from myself. Even though it is moved only an inch or two, the mostly symbolic action of pushing it away seems to help signal my mind and body that I am truly finished eating.
I can be very disciplined with what I eat (most of the time). My problem is portion control and eating, just to eat. I've been reading articles and comments on SP. I am impressed and hoping it'll motivate me to relose the 20 lbs I've regained. It took me a 1+ to lose by going to the gym. Too costly, so had to sacrifice the gym. Now the price I pay is the lack of motivation to take it off again, on my own. I love Zumba (dance exercise) but nothing offered locally. I recommend to anyone that can go to one of these classes.
These are great ideas I already do many of them. As far as not tasting food as you cook it, to some extent you must. Afterall, you do want to make sure that you didn't subsititute cayenne for paprika. When we go out to eat, I almost always have the sauce or extras on the side; my husband says eating with me is like eating with Sally from "When Harry Met Sally". Finally, when I'm watching tv I like t
Use the calculator for mixed foods. That vegetable mixed with other vegetables can be miss leading. Okra, tomatoes, onion, olive oil and seasonings. Is not just okra. I cook in bulk and this is my problem. This is a great article I will try vegetables this way and see what happends.
Great article but I think something's missing: learn to listen to your body and stop when you are satisfied. I've struggled with compulsive overeating / binge eating disorder for almost all my life, and only when I learned to listen to my real hunger signals instead of my emotional ones, did I actually start to improve. A lot of these have worked for me too, but sometimes being a control freak about food just makes me want to rebel!
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