Eating on the Go
It is a busy season, tis the time to go shopping, visiting family and friends,etc. Often it will interfere with meal times and the quickest thing to do is grab something quick to eat. Unfortunately, many of the quick things to eat are not the healthiest to eat and because you are in a hurry, you will eat whatever you grabbed with haste.
My favorite grab and go items are chips and Resen's chocolate covered caramels. Too often those are eaten on the go and I mindlessly eat one after another. It is like my mind disengages and there is no thought of what or how many I am eating until I reach into the bag and there is nothing there.
So how do we outsmart this trigger? Manage you time better and prepare meals ahead of time. In the past this was a successful means of me not grabbing something unhealthy while I was shopping because I knew I already had something prepared at home that just had to be heated up. Convincing myself that I would not have drastic consequences if I waited an extra half hour to eat also helped me wait til I got home.
Another thing that helps outsmart that trigger of grabbing something quick and easy on the go is to take a snack along with you. Again, this takes some planning and preparation but it can spare you from eating unwanted calories and excess fat found in the snacks.
A third thing to do is to eat mindfully. Don't match the hectic pace you are doing while running your errands. Pay attention to the taste and texture of what you are eating so you can actually enjoy it. By eating more slowly and being aware of what you are eating you will also became more sensitive to how much you really need to be satisfied.
to be continued...