People can fall into an unhealthy trap of overeating and weight gain from being so busy that they are not conscious of their food choices. Instead of practicing thoughtful eating, they tend to grab quick pick-me-ups, like coffee or sugary and starchy snacks. To snap yourself back to aware eating, the first step is to put a dot of ink on your hand. For the next three days, prior to eating anything, look at your hand and ask yourself two following questions;
- Am I really hungry?
- How will this food make me feel 20 minutes from now?
If you are not hungry and the food you are about to eat will make you feel bloated, guilty, tired or mentally foggy, put it down. At its most fundamental level, food is meant to be the source of fuel for your body. Any side effects that occur from a meal are typically from over-consuming (i.e. portion distortion) or by choosing the wrong foods.