Six Rules Guaranteed To Avoid Mindless Eating and Curb Calories

Six Rules Guaranteed To Avoid Mindless Eating and Curb Calories

Staying out of the kitchen after dinner works with the out of sight out of mind rule.

If you follow the six rules below you can avoid mindless eating and curb caloric intake.

  1. When it’s snack time, measure out a serving size from the package and put the package away.  When at work, in a restaurant or another’s home stay away from bowls of candy and snacks like chips and pretzels.
  2. Brush your teeth after you eat dinner to tell your brain that you’re done eating.  During the day you can chew a sugarless mint or gum to remind yourself that you are finished eating.
  3. At the end of the day, close down the kitchen, turn off the lights, and put all food away.  Keeping a tidy kitchen (food is out of sight, except a bowl of fresh fruit) follows the rule out of sight out of mind.
  4. Fight boredom, which encourages snacking, by taking a walk, doing a puzzle, Sudoku or playing a game with a family member. When watching TV, lift hand weights or stretch during TV commercials, especially the ones about food.  Read a good book, but sip at a bottle of water to prevent eating.
  5. If you have to snack before bed (people with diabetes *often need a night time snack), go for fresh fruits and veggies—foods with high water content. This keeps calories down and deals with thirst, which is often confused with hunger. Fill your belly with water, not calories and hit the hay for a good night’s rest. When asleep you can’t think about food.
  6. Tell your family and friends about your plan to curb mindless eating.  Ask them to help you, kindly remind you.  If a friend or family member wants to lose weight, joining your plan is a great way to start.

Good luck.  Stick to your plan and you’ll lose those calories, stop the mindless eating and feel better!

* Please note that people with blood sugar problems need to eat protein along with fruit and veggies.  So cheese and carrot sticks or an apple with peanut butter are good examples.

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Six Rules Guaranteed To Avoid Mindless Eating and Curb Calories




6 thoughts on “Six Rules Guaranteed To Avoid Mindless Eating and Curb Calories

  1. I am doing some similar things myself. I am replacing a snack with crocheting when watching TV in the evening. It is helping.

    • Thanks so much for your comment. That’s a great idea. There is just something about relaxing with TV that often requires we keep the hands busy. You will please not only yourself but the person who receives your work. So glad you shared this. I can see some aspects of scarp booking or even sorting a junk drawer fitting into this pattern.

  2. This is an interesting BOOMER HIGHWAY, because as we age, we tend to put on weight and exercise less. Or do we? Our generation is encouraged to “work out” that can be anything from marathons to walking around the block. But if you put your mind and spirit around exercise, it seems logical that the tips BOOMER HIGHWAY provides here will be much easier to follow. Seems kind of silly to snack on chocolate chip cookies in front of the TV, when in 10 hours you will be running around a track. If you make that part of your mind set, it becomes easier to control your eating and your weight. But these six rules are definitely good ones to follow….

    • Thanks, Bill. I know I fight the watching TV and snacking thing. Often they just seem to go hand in hand. Maybe the TV I am watching needs to absorb me more–then I wouldn’t be picturing that cookie. LOL
      But one of my readers does needle work while she watches, anything to keep busy enough so that eating doesn’t fill in some gap. Thanks for your comment!!! Beth

  3. HI Beth!

    Awesome article. I use the brush your teeth method a lot. It bothers me when my teeth are dirty, so brushing them not only tells me I’m done eating, but also I want to keep that clean feeling as long as possible.

    I like the tip about taking a serving out of the bag. There must be a sense of done-ness when you have finished what’s in the bowl. I will try that. I usually count chips and crackers because of the sodium anyway, but if you are eating out of the bag and watching tv it’s easy to count “nine…ten….ten…ten….” haha

    And about diabetics it’s not good for them to have just fruit at any time. Always mix the fruit with some protein to help the fruit sugars go into the system slowly. I learned this when I had gestational diabetes. Bedtime and afternoon snacks of apple slices and peanut butter, dates and nuts, crackers and cheese are good. Not only did it help keep my blood sugar level normal but also I didn’t gain any more weight in the last months of pregnancy (relieving for me an my baby).

    • Hi Lisa, so good to hear from you. And thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow–yes, diabetics need protein for their last snack of the day. Your suggestions like apple and peanut butter are excellent ones. I have low blood sugar and need the same kind of late night snacks to keep me from getting headaches or just feeling awful when I wake in the morning.

      I hope things are going well for you. I’m going to check on you on Twitter. Beth

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