Three questions for you: Have you ever sat in a movie and polished off an entire bag of popcorn? Made a meal for four, but finished it between two of you? Bought a bar of chocolate with the intention of savouring each chunk, but instead found yourself wolfing it down before you get to your car?
If you have, you’ve experienced that dreaded affliction…Mindless Eating!
Watch video on how to stop mindless eating
Mindless eating is the type of eating we do when we’re barely aware of what we’re putting in our mouth. Not being present to what goes from your fork (or hand!) into your mouth every meal or snack time can play havoc with your weight loss results, not to mention your health, digestion, confidence and feeling of being in control.
As we said in the first post in this series, Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, says we make over 250 decisions about food every day but about 200 of those decisions are made quite unconsciously.
What else contributes to mindless eating?
Watching TV. Eating on the run. Eating at your desk. Social media…
Social media? Let’s hold it there for moment. I wrote a post called Why Facebook Is Making You Fat last year because I believe that our obsession with being engaged in some sort of post, tweet, video or chat online means we are even less conscious of how, why and what we eat. How often do you sit down for a meal with no distractions, no mobile phone, iPad or computer for example?
Watch the video to hear Tora’s funny “Let’s Go Nuts At A Dinner Party” story about mindless eating, as well as some simple steps you can take to stop mindless eating.
Now we’d love to hear from you.
Are you willing to confess that you’re a mindless eater? What specifically have you discovered about your own mindless eating?
Thank you for reading and watching!
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