Every now and then we all need some help to make good choices. I am totally guilty of going to the fridge at various times when I know I’m not hungry. I find myself ordering something when dining out that and I know I should not have. Then when it arrives and I look down and the plate in horror I’m so angry with myself. Try using these fabulous three tricks from three different clients to help you stay on track and in the zone and out of the evil treats! Do you have any tricks? I’d love to know yours. Please leave a comment below or on facebook.
Joyce’s asked her granddaughter to help with her healthy eating goals. So she made her two super colorful bracelets to remind her to eat lots of colorful veggies. She made them with love and support for her grandma’s goals. I think that this idea is fantastic. Every time she looks at these bracelets she is reminded to not only eat colorful vegetables, but also to eat healthy, not too much, and exercise, and of her granddaughter’s love! Maybe if you don’t have a super talented granddaughter you could just buy yourself a new watch or bracelet or ring… something you will see that can symbolize your goals, whatever they might be!
Sometimes we head to the fridge just out of boredom, or seeking emotional support. My client Sarah is amazing! She told me about this great idea of creating a list of things that would distract her from feeling like food was the only way to soothe or entertain. Create your list and either post it on the fridge or create a jar full of them. Then just take one out when you feel the urge to snack unneccessarily. Here is my list of distractions:
- Call a friend
- Look up motivational athletes or people
- Paint my nails
- Drink tea or sparkling water
A few years ago a book came out called “Mindless Eating.” I read it and have made changes based on the experiments done by the author. The most helpful one is just switching to a smaller plate size! The book quotes a study with popcorn. The movie goers got either a big tub or REALLY BIG tub of buttery delicious popcorn. Both tubs were too much popcorn for anyone to finish. Oh and the popcorn was stale. The ones who got the REALLY BIG tub ate 53% more than the just big tub! That is a going to add up fast. We really do rely on cues like is our plate full, did we finish everything on our plate… and so on. It’s easy. Switch a to a smaller plate. Fill it with mostly vegetables and a some protein, healthy fats, and a some healthy carbs. Eat everything on that smaller plate and maintain your waistline!
So what distractions and tricks do you use? Please leave comments below!