Bad eating habits you need to ditch

By Abigail Warren ’16 | Staff Writer

Eating while you are distracted: This is something that almost everyone is guilty of. Do you ever find yourself eating while you’re watching tv? Maybe eating while you’re on the road? Or perhaps eating while you’re on the phone talking away about the new gossip? If you answered yes to any of these questions then unfortunately you are a culprit of being a distracted eater. It may seem harmless but when you eat while you are distracted you are not truly paying attention to what you’re putting in your mouth. Instead of paying attention to what you’re putting in your body, your focus is on something else non-food related. By the end of that tv episode or phone call you may find that you ate a lot more than you were hoping to. To fix this unhealthy habit, you must be more mindful about when, where, and what you’re doing when you’re eating. Ban yourself from eating while watching tv and instead, sit down at table while you eat.IMG_0673 (1)Skipping breakfast: Yes, I know, you’ve probably heard this more times than you can count. But, that should just go to show you how much this should be stressed. Skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Breakfast is meant to get your day started on a good note and to fuel your body to last through that long day at school. Breakfast sets up the tone for the rest of the day. If you want to be sluggish and tired, well be my guest, skip breakfast. If you want to be refreshed and have energy then quit with all the excuses and grab some eggs and an apple.

IMG_0674 (1)Emotional eating: Females more than males have the greatest struggle with breaking your habit. Yes ladies, even if you don’t want to admit it, we tend to be more emotional than men. And, when we are in this state of mind, we tend to take our emotions by eating. Eating a lot. If your ‘comfort food’ is junk food which it normally is, this can lead to a downward spiral. Every time you feel sad or upset you’ll turn to junk food. Indulging in junk food every once in awhile is no crime but you can’t rely on food to cure your sadness. The next time you’re feeling sorrowful, instead of turning to the cupboard, turn to exercise. A simple walk can do the trick.IMG_0677 (1)Binge eating on weekends:  If you find yourself restricting calories and eating all week and then going all out on food on the weekends, you will soon enough find yourself in a very rough spot.  This type of eating is very unbalanced. It can leave your entire body feeling off.  When you deprive yourself all week and then stuff your face on the weekends it can lead to weight gain in the long run. Not only will it lead to weight gain but also a unhealthy mentality. So instead of starving yourself throughout the week and not giving a care on the weekend, get a balanced diet. Be a healthy eater. Don’t eat less. Eat more, but of healthy food.

IMG_0678 (1)Keeping tempting food around: This is probably one of the easiest and simplest habits to break. Why tempt yourself when you don’t have to? It’s resist temptation when it’s lying straight in front of you. When bad food is visibly in your sight, you have much higher chances of giving in and eating it then you would if it was out of sight. So, instead of keeping chocolate, candy bars, and cookies around. Get rid of it all. Restock with healthier options and you will see a difference.

IMG_0682 (2)Eating straight from a bag: If you’re eating directly from a package, bag, container, or whatever it may be, you’re much more likely to double, triple, or even quadruple the number of servings you were originally going to have without even knowing. When trying to lose weight, or be healthy an important step is to legitimately watch what you are eating and putting in your mouth. Get a plate out and portion off your meals. Be knowledgeable about the servings you’re putting on your plate and into your body. And, if you’re done with your meal and you are still hungry don’t reach your hand back into that bag, measure that as well. This will help keep a hold on what your eating and keep from overeating.

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Eating too fast: When eating too fast you result in taking in too many calories before you realize you’ve already eaten and taken in enough. It takes some time for your brain to realize your body is slow and to send those signals of feeling full to the rest of your body. When you begin to eat slower and more moderate pace it gives your body time to since to signals and your body to feel full without eating as much. This habit is yet again another easy one to fix. All you have to do is slow down. Just teach yourself to enjoy every bite and enjoy your food:IMG_0685 (2)

Grocery shopping when you’re hungry: Although this is not directly food to body connected, it is still a bad habit that leads to even worse habits with food. Just as you’ve heard, you should never eat when you’re starving, you should never shop while you’re starving as well. When you are extremely hungry you’re not thinking in the right mindset. Normally when you’re satisfied you know not to put junk food and unhealthy meals into your body. And, when you’re shopping on a satisfied stomach you have a clearer mindset as well. But when you’re hungry, you’re much more likely to fill your cart with chips and cookies than with carrots and celery because you’re not in the right mindset. So, the next time you’re in the grocery store, make sure you’re fueled up before you go.

FullSizeRender (12)Not drinking enough water: ‘Drink 8 glasses of water a day’. I’m sure you’ve heard this from your doctor or parent many of times. But just as the breakfast habit, this habit is incredibly important as well. First off, drinking water obviously keeps you hydrated and when you’re hydrated you have more energy.  Drinking water also helps you limit calories. Water can leave you with that ‘full’ feeling quicker causing your intake of food to be smaller. Another plus is it keeps your skin clear and muscles strong. The easiest way to ensure you’re drinking enough water is to carry a water bottle around with you at all times.

IMG_0688 (2)Turning a “cheat meal” into a “cheat day”: As many know, when trying to lose weight or just being healthy in general, many people follow the guidelines of having a cheat meal one time every week to give themselves a little treat. However, some people get the idea to turn a cheat meal into cheat day. This can lead you into giving up on eating healthy and lead you into a slump. Set a time, 30 minutes, to let yourself cheat with one yummy and memorable meal.

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