3 Food Triggers & How to Beat Them

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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There are many things that can trigger us to eat larger portion sizes than we really want or need. Here are some common triggers and mindful changes you can make:

Trigger: Stockpiling unhealthy foods makes it more likely that you’ll eat them.

Mindful Changes:

  • Reduce the number or amount of unhealthy foods in your home.

  • Out of sight is out of mind—move less healthy foods to less convenient places like the basement or the back of the cupboard.

  • Increase the number of tasty, healthy foods in your home to sub-out the less healthy.

Trigger: Large plates and containers may make it seem like you should be eating more. 

Mindful Changes:

  • Use smaller bowls and plates.

  • Break up large packages of snack foods into sub-packages for smaller portions.

  • Use smaller utensils when serving or eating.

Trigger: Easily available food makes you think you’re hungry when you’re not.

Mindful Changes:

  • Get rid of the cookie jar or replace it with a fruit bowl.

  • Put tempting foods away in the cupboard or fridge so they’re less visible and more forgettable.

  • Make healthier foods more available by putting them at the front of the fridge. 

Try This! Commit to doing 1 or 2 of these things to do this week. If you’re still worried about eating too much, check 6 Tips for Managing Your Portion Size.


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