My good friend Gina is a fitness instructor and I went to her Tabata exercise class this week. I love her classes because she not only offers a great workout, but combines it with inspiring ideas and tips on healthy living and healthy habits.
This week she gave us a gem I really liked: three questions to ask yourself about food, for those of us who haven't mastered the art of eating just the right foods in just the right amounts (and isn't that all of us, to some extent?)
Here they are, in case you find them as helpful as I did:
1) Are you hungry? The body reacts to thirst very similarly to hunger, so if you think you're hungry you might actually just be thirsty. Drink a glass of water first and see if you still feel hungry afterward.
2) What is my best choice right now? If you've decided you are actually hungry (see #1), look at the available choices in front of you and decide which on is the best choice. We many not always make this choice, but taking a moment to identify that "best-choice-food" increases the chances we will actually choose it.
3) How much do I need to satisfy my hunger? Rather than eating out of the container, take just the amount you think you'll need to satisfy your hunger and put back the rest. Then, eat it slowly, and re-assess when you're finished. (Have another glass of water before going back to eat more of it!)
As with all things realted to food, it sounds a lot easier than it actually is in practice! But as Gina said, there are LOTS of opportunities every day to do better, so if at first you don't succeed, just try again the next time.
Good luck making great choices today!