Are you over…. eating?

Overeating

This month, I’ve gathered 5 main reasons why we may end up overeating. Read until the end to find three main tips to overcome this habit.

The fasting experience underlines how much you eat (and overeat) by habit. Science shows that your brain is wired towards pleasure and loves routine. If your brain associates the snack after dinner with the TV down time, big chance you go to your snack every night, even after a fulfilling dinner.

You tend to multitask when eating, deafening yourselves from your satiety signals. One of the main learning in fasting is to discover the powerful effect of mindful eating on your body and mind.

You are also designed to eat when you spot food and you are constantly surrounded by tempting food everywhere you look. At the same time, the normal portion size have increased many folds in the last decades. Sitting in front of a 36cm plate full and you will eat it all, despite this portion being designed for 2 meals.

Eating is closely associated with bonding from your infant’s time. When stressed or dealing with (un)conscious emotions, these emotions can make hunger unnaturally strong and make you look for comfort foods. Excess comes from the mere fact that food will not replenish the core emotional need.

You may also eat food that make you hungrier: white flour and white sugar are nutrient depleted but your body still uses up nutrient to digest those foods and need to replete these nutrients quickly. These highly refined white food also make your blood sugar spike suddenly and go down as quickly, leaving you ravenous too soon after eating.

Are you overeating? Below are my three key techniques to help you stem this habit. Pick just one and apply it consistently over the next 3 weeks.

  • Intermittent Fasting

    Opt for a form of intermittent fasting as a good way to prevent constant overeating by limiting your eating time slots. This is also a great way to reassess your habits. There is many options for intermittent fasting. Check with your practitioner the best one for your current state of health and wellness.

  • Mindful Eating

    Eat mindfully. It will prevent you from eating from boredom or from losing track of how much you eat. You will also paying attention to your real hunger, and stop eating because of the time of the day or external cues. Mindfulness is also a sure way to disconnect emotional needs from food.

  • Nutrient Dense Food

    Eat nutrient dense food that are filling and leave your body feeling good. These food are natural appetite suppressant rich in fibre, quality fat and for some, they help curb cravings. Check the evidence-based Paleo-Mediterranean Diet to get you on track.

Nutrient Dense Food – 7 Day All-done-for-you Meal Plan