Mindless Eating…and the solutions to avoid it!

Today’s tips are brought to you via “Today’s Dietician Magazine”
Today the average person makes nearly 250 food decisions each day. Wow! and most of these decisions happen without thinking!

Research shows that people eat an average of 2.2 more candies each day when they are visible, compared to when they are not. Solution? Don’t leave candy out on your desk, dining room table, or anywhere near them! If you don’t think 2.2 extra pieces of candy is a lot, you should do the math (2.2 x ~50 calories = ~100 extra calories per day, times 365 days = 36,500 extra calories a year, which is 10 pounds…….)

Be careful when you purchase 100-calorie packs. While the idea may be a good one (portion control) they tend to backfire for about 30% of the population, according to research. The idea of portioning out your food is a great way to make a healthier environment, but you’re still going to be better off eating 100 calories of a fruit, vegetable, or low fat dairy product than you will eating a 100-calorie pack of cookies. Also, it’s cheaper just to do the portioning yourself!

Have you ever noticed that the foods with the most marketing tend to be the ones that the worst for us? If you have the ability to do so, fast forward through your commercials, or just leave the room when they are on.

Believe it or not, food is cheaper these days, and according to the article it only takes up about 6% of our income (this is an average). I think a lot of us get caught in the traps at stores where we see a “good deal” and then we must buy it, even if we hadn’t planned on doing so.Can you say “mindless shopping”! Remind yourself that unhealthy food is typically cheap food, so stay away, unless you really must have it….

Happy & healthy eating!

~ Caroline
White House Pilates