Slow down, put your fork down, and step away from the table, part 2
You might remember me talking about eating slower. Well this is another layer for that.
Hopefully you are able to slow down a bit more now when eating your major meals each day. And hopefully you are noticing you are full before you actually finish a larger portion. If you aren’t, don’t be concerned. We will walk you through another step to help.
And this time it is just that, a step. Now you have taken 15 minutes or more to eat if you have some food left then step away from the table. Yes, as simple as that. Take your leftovers and pop them in the fridge.
Now if you wait another 15 minutes or so and drink some water you might find that you are no longer hungry and that you had it right. But if you are still a little peckish, then have a couple of bites of something, like a piece of fruit or a few almonds. Sometimes it is as simple as standing up and stepping away from the table.
If you can start incorporating this habit in with the one of eating slower you will find that by the time Christmas rolls around you will be well and truly able to navigate that period with ease. And with a feeling of accomplishment. I have seen people time and again just change these two small behaviours and have huge success on their health fronts. Some weight loss and clothing sizes down, just by chewing food and stepping away from the table. Yep those two little steps can help to shed a few kilos.
Part of the problem with excessive weight gain has to do with portion sizes. Think to the last time you ate in a restaurant, it seems that everytime you go to one the steaks get bigger, the pasta bowls are huge, garlic bread slices seem to have multiplied and ice cream seems to be served in a small canoe!
So it goes without saying that if we can cut these portion sizes, even just a little bit, we can curb the amount of calories we are putting into our bodies, and hopefully help ourselves feel a bit better as well.
A couple of weeks ago it was eat slower, and if you need to go back and set that alarm, now just add in stepping away from the table, still eating what you have normally eaten for the longest time, no rabbit food, no drinking your meals, everything the same, except, slower and not quite as much as before.