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Ask Yourself If You're Hungry

Minutes to a Healthier You . . .

It's not only the eight hours of sleep you get, or the 60 minutes you spend at the gym that help you become the healthiest you can be, but the little things that only take a few minutes, even seconds.

The best way to break the cycle of mindless eating is to stop before you eat. So before you scarf down that plate full of Oreos, take five seconds to stop and ask yourself whether you are really hungry or not. You may find out that, yes indeed, it's Oreos that you need but chances are that you're just thirsty, or bored, or stressed. Five seconds could be the difference between you eating or not eating 500 mindless calories.

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
SO true...
ccsugar ccsugar 8 years
Dammit now I want a plateful of oreos lol :rotfl:
Jennyusagi Jennyusagi 8 years
This is so true for me too. If I'm not mindful I can really get into the habit of stress eating. I've decided to retrain myself to only have those unhealthy foods that I love to celebrate things, not as comfort foods. It's hard sometimes, but mostly I've been able to REALLY reduce my ice cream and white bread intake (my top two stress foods). I don't recall the last time I had white bread other than what comes with dinner when we (rarely) eat out.
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
This is definately true!!!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
I do this at Disneyland every week! I see EVERYone eating ice cream and candy, so I crave it, BUT I go on a couple rides FIRST before I can buy some. Of course, once I'm done with a couple rides, I don't want it anymore. =) Works every time. It's just that first visual of ice cream and candy that get me going, but I'm aware it's just a weakness of mine so I take some time before I actually decide to buy.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
so true... when i am stressed, I want food. A bad habit I am trying to quit.
jelibeann jelibeann 8 years
as I sit hear mindlessly eating strawberry pop tarts at my desk because I'm mad at my boss :)
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