I was bored last night, which lead to mindless munching but eventually even that came to a stop and I had to find something to do for at least an hour.
I picked up my book, which I had been ignoring for some time, and began reading it again.
The book in itself is not a diet book and its presented in a way that is enjoyable and provides valuable information. I'll be reading it again tonite after the muffins are done, I do not want to burn the muffins !
This book is called Mindless Eating, written by Brian Wansink, PH.D. in 2006/2007. The book is a gem with all the advise and suggestions, if you are a mindless eater like I am and I never thought I was one. The book is full of studies that the author did in the last few years about eating habits and what not. I actually found it interesting because its not just about statistics, it describes how these studies were conducted and some of them had me laughing out loud!
I really thought I eat healthy, that I weigh , measure and eat the correct portions ... wake up call happened last night.
I was reading about portion control and visual affects and found myself really relating to some of the studies that were conducted - but not as a participant, but someone watching from the side. You see, the author talked about the size of dish you use, bowl, or what have you and how the bigger the dish/bowl/what have you, the more we eat, and I found myself thinking that had I been in that study I would have been disappointed to be given a small plate instead of large plate .. and then it hit me, I've always worried about not having a big enough portion on my plate !
I realise as a child I learnt to devour my food before someone else did. I also realised that being poor and lacking in good food has a lot to do with my eating habits today.
The good news is that this can be turned around with a few simple changes - but one has to WANT to change ...
1. smaller plates - now anyone with their great grandma's dish setting would be able to understand this better, but dish size has grown, in your great grandma's day the dishes would not have been so big - so next time your in an antic shop, check out any sets they have and see the size and dimensions - small compared to what we have today. I seldom use my dinner plates, I mostly use the bread plate and cereal/soup bowl...
2. visual aids - the cheerios I had this week is a prime example. When i poured a bowl, I filled it to the brim - without measuring - and I ate it all - but if I had measured out what a normal serving is, I would felt like I was still hungry - and not satisfied because the normal serving would have been dwarfed in my bowl. The suggestion is to take bulk items that you eat a lot and store them in zip lock bags or containers, smaller ones, so that you are not tempted by visual to eat more. The more there is, the more you'll eat, mindlessly .... so turn that to an advantage.
3. See-foods - these are foods you see and think you need to have. There are several ways to address this but the best way is to have the most healthiest of foods be your see foods, so instead of a bowl of M&M's you can use a bowl of fruit ... you get the picture, right?
I highly recommend this book, there is so much more that you should know that I have not touched on. Get it from your local library - everyone should have it, it was after all commented on by O, the Oprah Magazine.
In closing I hope I excited you enough to want to know more, but if you are already know it all then this would have bored you...
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