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Diet Tip: Eat Blindfolded

Eating your dinner blindfolded may be the key to gaining control over your portion sizes. Now don't worry I'm not talking every night, just one meal.

Last night, my mom told me that she and my dad each took turns eating dinner blindfolded. They felt they were overeating, but were not sure if maybe they were just really hungry. So they tried this blindfold experiment to find out if their sense of fullness was somehow visual. One person would put the blindfold on and eat until he/she felt full; then the blindfold was removed. In both cases they both unknowingly stopped eating without finishing their plates — something they rarely do otherwise. Now they just fill their plates with less food, listen to their stomach a lot more, and don't feel bad for not finishing eating every last bite.

The experiment intrigued me and I am begging my husband to do it with me too. I am wondering if I sometimes ignore my stomach's cues telling me I am full in an effort to please my eyes (and emotions) and finish my plate. Try it out and let me know what you find.


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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Ooooh! I could just eat with my eyes closed? I think my boyfriend would think I am delusional.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
this just shows how out of touch we are today with our brains and bodies. i try to connect to my body and mind and forget about my vices, that's how i control my portions. it doesn't always work, but i try.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I would do this except I would probably spill my food all over myself.
maglover12 maglover12 8 years
I eat my meals off of smaller plates and practice portion control. That way I can eat the whole plate! And if I'm dining out, I always order an entree that I know I can box up half of and take home for another meal the next day.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I can't do this. I'm a super picky eater, and it would really freak me out if I ate something I didn't like. Then I'd be scrambling for a napkin to spit it would just be a big mess.
inksee inksee 8 years
My roommates and I tried this idea =D Originally, it was a knock-off of Opaque (a restaurant in LA where blind waiters serve you and you eat in the dark. we were too poor to afford a meal). we decided to cook our own food, blindfold ourselves AND eat in the dark (it helps you not peek). The experience was delightful =) We took turns serving each other and ate messily with our spoons upside-down and what not, it's pretty amusing. In the end, our bellies were really satisfied and I do think we ate less that we would have if we were not blindfolded. The fact that you can't see your food forces you to eat slower and to really smell and taste the food.
millarci millarci 8 years
I agree with teacherturtle. Unless you're at a restaurant (where you can doggie bag), you should finish your plate. If you don't, it's very wasteful. Just make the proportions smaller.
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 8 years
hey.. we should always feel bad for not finishing our plate! just use a smaller plate! :p
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 8 years
interesting idea...
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