What I Did Before Lunch
The dietitian on the podcast was talking about overeating and recommended this trick: eat a handful of nuts before your meal, wait 10 minutes, then sit down to eat. Cure overeating with eating? I was skeptical but thought it couldn't hurt to try.
So the next day before lunch, I grabbed a handful of my favorite go-to nut, raw almonds. I was hungry, waiting for my lunch to warm up, and even after it was ready, I waited the full 10 minutes until I took my first bite.
It was nuts (ha, no pun intended!), but my ravenous hunger completely went away. So when I proceeded to dig into my lunch, it made me more mindful about slowing down to savor each bite. Eating took more like 20 to 30 minutes (instead of 10). By the time I was done, I felt satisfied and didn't feel the need to reach for more food.
The healthy fats also helped keep me full longer into the afternoon. I was hooked and continued this little nut trick for the next three weeks.