Mira is a Qualified Health and Nutrition Coach and Studying to be a Nutritional Therapist. She is also a mum of 4 and renowned Health Food Blogger for over 4 years. She has a gallery of over 350 nutritious recipes on her website and health tips to get you started.
Her platform Everyday Cooking with Mira is your one-stop shop for practical Everyday recipes for busy people designed to help you live a healthier and happier self. With a pinch of self-care and positivity.
Real food is her passion; it’s how she was raised in the beautiful Island of Mauritius. Most foods foraged and cooked from scratch. Cooking is an Everyday thing! Not when we have time, we make time.
But a few years ago, after moving to Ireland she got a bit side-tracked and her health took a turn for the worst.
This is what led her to study Nutrition and to teach people how to eat real food without spending too much time in the kitchen or breaking the bank.
Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals
Sometimes those holiday feasts are just amazing. And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the decorations, and the ambience.
It is way too easy (and common) to indulge in those days. But it doesn’t always stop there. Sometimes we overeat on regular days. Or at regular meals. Or All. The. Time.
Here are three tips to avoid overeating at meals.
(Psst, turn these into habits and ditch the willpower!)
Tip #1: Start with some water
When your stomach is growling and you smell amazingly delicious food it’s too easy to fill a plate (or grab some samples with your bare hands) and dive into the food.
But did you know that it’s possible to sometimes confuse the feeling of thirst with that of hunger? Your stomach may actually be craving a big glass of water rather than a feast.
Some studies have shown that drinking a glass or two of water before a meal can help reduce the
amount of food eaten. And this super-simple tip may even help with weight loss (…just sayin’).
Not only will the water starts to fill up your stomach before you get to the buffet, leaving less room for the feast but drinking enough water has been shown to slightly increase your metabolism.
Tip #2: Try eating “mindfully”
You’ve heard of mindfulness but have you applied that to your eating habits?
This can totally help you avoid overeating as well as having the added bonus of helping your digestion.
Just as being mindful when you meditate helps to focus your attention on your breathing and the present moment being mindful when you eat helps to focus your attention on your meal.
Do this by taking smaller bites, eating more slowly, chewing more thoroughly, and savouring every mouthful. Notice and appreciate the smell, taste and texture. Breathe.
This can help prevent overeating because eating slower often means eating less.
When you eat quickly you can easily overeat because it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to know that your stomach is full.
So take your time, pay attention to your food and enjoy every bite.
Bonus points: Eat at a table (not in front of the screen), off of a small plate, and put your fork down between bites.
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