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Healthy Eating: Be a Conscious Eater
Do you mindlessly chomp down on food even when you’re not hungry? Do you even know what you ate at your last meal? If not you could be an unconscious eater.
For many people, food has become an emotional attachment. They eat when they are feeling depressed, lonely, scared and bored. Food somehow seems to fill in the loneliness or depression gaps, and although it may provide a quick emotional fix, overeating and eating unconsciously may be the reason that you’re finding it hard to lose those unwanted kilos.
You may be an unconscious eater if you find yourself eating all the time and although you’re not in any danger right now, it's possible that this mindless eating could lead to a variety of health problems later in life including eating disorders, obesity and heart disease, to name but a few.
Stop the vicious cycle and become a conscious eater today. Here are three simple steps to help get you started on the path to conscious eating:
Monitor yourself in the next week and see if you find yourself eating when you’re not hungry. Try to identify why you are eating and stop the vicious cycle by putting an end to unconscious eating.
Start a food diary
Record everything from what you ate to what time you ate to how it made you feel. Keeping a record of everything that you ate could help you identify any potential problems. Sometimes, it also helps to see things in black and white as they seem more real.
Plan your meals before you start your day. Every morning when you wake up write down what you plan to eat for that day and try to stick to it. Having a plan helps keep you on the right track.
Author: Dimi Ingle
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