I have a slight hormonal imbalance. This imbalance makes me eat like I’ve been stranded on a desert island with no food for over a month. I noticed it about 18 months ago. I would come home after work or the gym, and eat. And then I would eat more and more until I was so physically ill that I couldn’t move.
It wasn’t until I had a casual chat to a pharmacist friend about it that she said ‘yeah, increase in progesterone does that to you. Your stomach signals your brain that you’re still hungry, so you eat more’. So yeah, that was fun.
Well, there was nothing I could do about the hormones unfortunately, I needed the progesterone for my medical condition, so I learnt to deal with my eating issue instead.
The good news was that I knew when it was happening, so I was able to stop when I’d finished my meal instead of foraging through the fridge for more food.
You don’t need to have an imbalance to follow these mindful eating tips. They’re good too if you have any weight loss goals.
1. Stop when you’re 80% full. It takes your brain about 20 minutes to realise you’re full, so when you’ve finished eating and still feel hungry, just wait a bit. Have a drink of water instead.
2. Slow down. When you eat slowly, it gives your body a chance to catch up to your brain to hear the signals of fullness. A good way to do this is to chew your food thoroughly, and put your fork or spoon down between bites.
3.Throw your napkin on your plate, it will stop you from continuously picking at whatever is left over on your plate.
4. Sit down and eat. When you graze and do a million things while you’re eating, you end up not listening to your body and overeating. Think about when you’re in the cinemas with a box of popcorn. You mindlessly eat without thinking, and end up demolishing the entire box in less than 2 hours.
5. Eat when you’re hungry. Again, listen to your body. Is your stomach actually growling? Or are you just bored?
All these tips have helped me be less of a crazy food monster. If you have an issue with overeating, try these!