If you have a fitness app, you may get regular emails from ‘them,’ each one having 3-4 great articles about how to do the whole fitness thing better.
I think that’s great. I need- and appreciate- the input because I gladly share the insights of others. After all, I’m not doing the hard research- ‘they’ are- or ‘they’ find that study that actually validates what I’ve been teaching!
This morning I read an interesting article about factors that affect how much we eat. With Super Bowl parties coming up as this week-end’s test of I’m-almost-on-track-with -my-2016-goals, these thoughts seemed most appropriate.
The article offers three solutions to help stop mindless/amnesia eating. From personal experience, I know that these are simple (but not necessarily easy) suggestions that work.
Change up when and where you eat
Coach Steve talks about ‘mindless eating,’ and writes that the quantity of what we eat is research-verified to be affected by context. I can understand the example given about popcorn-eating in a movie. : “For example, people who were given the stale popcorn in a meeting room and asked to watch different videos noticed the terrible popcorn immediately — and stopped eating it.” Stale popcorn went unnoticed in the theater!
Our Family Experience
The DeZago family had its own research project of ‘amnesia-eating’- my term for this food habit. When we lived in Cincinnati and the boys were teen-agers, we designated Tuesday night as Family Movie and Pizza night. Although we have some interesting tales about the movies that we watched (you’ll have to ask me about my infamous choice!), we always got ‘The Beast’ pizza from Snappy Tomatoes Pizza. Our delivery man, of course, knew us by name. The Beast was 6 pounds of pizza! We ordered extra cheese- and breadsticks- and had soda (this was in my pre-wellness coach days!). We discovered that the four of us could eat it all when we were watching a movie. On a few occasions, we ordered “The Beast’ on a non-Tuesday, and not only did we totally throw off our delivery man (‘But this isn’t Tuesday, is it?’), we didn’t finish the pizza and bread sticks and soda. And then, of course, we had to decide what to do with left-over pizza!
My observation is that Tuesday night was for us the personal illustration of amnesia eating. We were sitting together as a family, in our own living room, having a warm-and-fuzzy-evening, and simply putting whatever was in front of us into our mouth! We had no idea how much each of us ate, but we ate the whole thing!!
Use a Smaller Plate
The dinner plate has increased in size over the years, and because we tend to be uncomfortable with blank space, we fill up our plates. According to the study in the article, “using smaller plates can reduce the amount we eat by 31% without us even noticing.” Ed and I transitioned to luncheon-size plates years ago, and know that we consume much less food simply because the plate size is smaller!
Keep Your Distance from the Party Food Table
If you choose to be out of reach of easy grazing, you can save yourself hundreds, if not thousands, of amnesia calories! Circle the table to view all of the options, choose wisely to fill the smaller plate, and then stay away by meeting new people and finding out something interesting about them.
Here’s a link for the entire article supplied through my app MapMyWalk. Hello Healthy is the healthy-living blog of MyFitnessPal.
Which one will you use this week-end at your Super Bowl party?
If you want to talk through some other suggestions that can help you say no to a diet that has an expiration date, and say yes to a lifestyle that results in lifelong benefits, give me a call/text (480.382.8255), and let’s set up your complimentary consultation.