Men’s Health recently had an article titled “6 Mistakes That Keep You Fat,” which are:
- Skipping Meals
- Speed Eating
- Pigging Out on Weekends
- Gorging on Salty Snacks
- Eating in Front of the TV, Then Dozing Off
Now, this is pretty common-sense stuff. Most of us probably already know that it’s not good to skip meals (sets us up to binge later), eat too fast (we don’t allow our stomachs to catch up to our mouths), or eat too many salty foods (salt tends to create cravings for more).
What we may not realize is that bad eating habits can follow us into our healthy lifestyles, too. I, for one, have always loved to read while I eat. It’s been my way of escaping from reality (or as I heard it put, “taking a plunge into oblivion.”)
Back in my eating days, I’d sit at the table with a stack of magazines—People and Star were my faves—gather my binge foods around me and eat and read, read and eat, until I was too stuffed to fit in another bite.
Now, fast forward to the present tense and I’m still reading while I eat. Only now while I’m reading, I’m eating weighed-and-measured fresh vegetables and protein and I’ve written down my food in my food journal so I’m not overeating. But I’m still escaping reality, and more specifically, my body.
Different scenario, same bad habit.
I learned long ago that we can replace our bad habits with good ones. So I’m committing this week to putting aside the book or magazine at the dinner table and being fully present to my meals.
What bad eating habits are you willing to work on this week? Write in a comment and let me know. Let’s form healthy habits together!