So these past few months, you’ve been working super hard and you finally made that switch to a new healthy lifestyle. You have lost the 20 pounds that you’ve been dying to lose by this point and your goal is finally accomplished. After making such an accomplishment, you feel the heavy urge to revert back to your old eating habits. Here’s another step that we all should remember about understanding and creating healthy eating habits—> change our worst eating habits. These undesirable eating habits is something that we all have to deal with. Considering that there are different kinds of habits out there, there are different kinds of solutions. There are about 8 types of eaters I can name off the top of head, (probably because I used to be 7 of the 8). Find out which one of these eaters you are and figure out how to fix it. No worries, I’ll share with you how I fixed it.
The Volume Eater
You’ve finished one full plate of of delicious food and you want more… And more…. And more. You like eating massive amounts of food until you feel super full to the point where you can’t handle it anymore.
Truth is, I’m still a volume eater. Except my volume comes in healthy fibrous veggies that add great nutritional value to my health. If you’re typically a volume eater, you like seeing foods in large amounts because it makes you feel more satisfied. But remember, that’s the effect of your eyes acting louder than your body. So if the problem is your eye, how do we fix it? Trick it. Use smaller plates and fill it up with plenty of greens to make it think that you’re eating a ton. You can read more about successful ways to avoid overeating here.
You find yourself going to your cabinet and nibbling away at your trail mix. When you cook, you nibble on the ingredients and food before it has even been set on the plate. Hint* Those add up… a lot. You’d be surprised.
Chew gum when you’re cooking. This will cause inconvenience for you when you feel like nibbling and chances are that you’re not going to spit out the minty fresh in your mouth to trade for well seasoned, tasteful food. That’s just going to taste weird anyways. If you can’t help but nibble, let’s try to at least make it healthy nibbles. Prepare a bag of baby carrots, cucumber, or celery and snack on those while you are cooking. But gum always does the trick 😉
The Nighttime Owl
When the lights go out, the world eats junk. You’re often up late catching up with your friends online, or watching tv and you make it your way to the kitchen. Uh oh. Then you start grazing the refrigerator and cabinets to find something to nibble on as you watch your movie.
This often contributes to weight gain because if you’re eating late at night, it’s most likely going to be junk food and any kind of junk, processed, foods are empty calories that have zero nutritional value and will get stored as fat. Well let’s come up with a back up plan here. If you find it common that you’re snacking after dinner, make it healthy! When you enter the kitchen, immediately grab a small bowl and fill it with healthy snacks, preferably protein sources like greek yogurt with berries, cottage cheese with berries, or you could do carrots, or celery. Or just think about what you normally find yourself digging at at night and find a healthier alternative.
Haha, “The See Food Scanner” used to be my nickname. At every party, every event, every restaurant, I saw food on the table, I finished it. Sitting in the car for a road trip and there’s a bag of chips next to me, I ate it. Samples at grocery stores, heck yeah, I ate it. Oh let me tell you, I was a see-food-eat-food pro. I should have gotten a trophy for it. Here’s how to fix it. Change your mind. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s worth eating. Recognize your goals, listen to your body and ask yourself if those free samples at the store is even worth picking at ( i’m betting most samples are filled with chemicals and sodium considering they’re mostly frozen items). Once you change your mindset, you won’t feel the need to eat everything in sight. It’s weird to think that used to be me.
“You gonna finish that?” “What? You’re not finishing your plate? I got you!” “That’s a waste, I’ll eat it for you.”
Sound familiar? Out of hatred of wasting food, or love for food, you are always the one to remove the last licks off of everyone’s plate. Lick, Lick, Lick. Yep, that was me.
Whoops, I was pretty famous amongst my friends for this too. As a matter of fact, when my friends couldn’t finish their food, the question they’d normally ask is “Sandy, you gonna finish this for me? *Laughs*” I laugh even harder and gladly clean the plate. They knew they could count on me for it. Yes that was a problem. Think of it as a manner kind of thing. Even if your intent is that you don’t want to waste or you just love food you want to finish everyone’s plate, it looks pretty embarrassing when you’re pigging out on every person’s leftovers. Keyword here is LEFTOVERS. Remind yourself that this is someone else’s foods and you’re too much of a princess to be eating anyone’s leftovers.
The Drive Thru Master
This was never a problem for me because I’ve always cared little for fast food. But if you find this happens to you often, prevent it. Stick to your healthy plan by always bringing a small cooler with you where you have healthy food as a back up for when you’re hungry or stuck somewhere without healthy choices. Often there will be unplanned occasions, like invites to business meetings, lunch with friends,etc. Try your best to pick one thing on the menu that’s healthier and calorie controlled. After all this is a lifestyle, and you want to make better decisions even when the healthiest eating choice isn’t available.
The Bored One
Well there is something to better to do. When you get bored, you block the thought of food as your way of relieving the boredom and having fun … trust me, it’s not fun after you regret eating 1/2 a carton of ice cream and gain 2 lbs the next day. Keep yourself occupied with other activities. Read a book, catch up with a friend or even just leave your house. Find a better outlet to relieve boredom versus stuffing your face with food.
The Emotional Eater
So…your boyfriend dumped you. That carton of ice cream is there waiting to comfort you in your fridge. As a way to make yourself feel better, you run to the freezer and sit there crying as you eat your ice cream. Then you feel like ultimate crap after consuming tons of fat, and you cry even harder. Classic female reaction after a breakup, I get it ladies.
Food should never be an outlet to cure emotions and sadness. That’s the most “dangerous” way to put on weight. Think about it, every time something upsets you, you cave into doughnuts or chocolate because for 3 bites, it makes you feel better. After that you feel even worse. Let’s say you do get dumped by your boyfriend. Girrrrrl, laugh it out! Go dance and have fun! No matter how intense the relationship was, life goes on. It really does. It’s not the end of the world and it’s up to you to choose if you want to be happy and move forward, or feel sad and stay behind. Whether or not you decide to change, time is going to keep going so don’t waste it. Talk to a friend and find comfort in warm conversations … not in a warm chocolate, brownie, fudge drizzled cake.
Changing your healthy eating habits is one thing, but maintaining it is another. The way to do this is to first figure out what your bad habits are and slowly work on how you can improve it. I hope I’ve helped you to understand what kind of eater you may be and how you could fix it.