I had to take a picture of the situation I found myself in last night. I was all excited about getting Dr. Fung’s book The Obesity Code and was settling in to begin reading it. I wanted a sweet snack and was about 3 bites in when I realized that I was my own worst enemy!
Ughhhhh! I looked into what was left in the container, freezer burn and all and thought, you cannot eat bad ice cream while reading about why you are struggling with your weight! Especially when it is a flavor that you are not crazy about.
OK, you shouldn’t eat good ice cream either while reading this book but this was such a perfect example of mindless eating. I have worked to eliminate added sugars in my diet and this just creeped in. I told myself not to do it and then talked myself into 5 spoonfuls. It is such a mind game.
I put the ice cream container away and reminded myself about how I eliminated added sugars to begin with. Food is the fuel my body needs and I work to ensure that I am eating healthy and nutritious foods the majority of the time.
Here are 6 tips to combat mindless eating:
Don’t buy it to begin with.
Buy ice cream flavors that I don’t like so that my husband and kids don’t get mad at me.
Throw it out when it gets freezer burn.
- Read nutritional labels to look for hidden sugars.
Be intentional and serve an exact serving or portion of a serving so that I don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting.
Being intentional with our foods and remembering that they are a fuel should help keep us on course.