Simple Ways to Avoid Mindless Munching

Food is an affair for all of the senses to enjoy. Munching mindlessly while making your way across the internet or catching up on your TV shows robs you of the pleasures of a dining experience. Unfortunately, it doesn’t rob you of the one thing you want it to—the excess calories. If you find yourself EWD (Eating While Distracted), the following tips just may help.


  • Throw out your old bowls and replace all of them with smaller ones. A perfectly reasonable portion of ice cream looks so sad and lonely in a big bowl that it’s easy to heap on a few scoops of his friends for company. A smaller bowl will help combat portion control issues effortlessly.
  • Be aware of your environment. Where you eat is as important as what you eat and researchers have proved it. They served up two batches of popcorn to movie goers, both fresh and stale. At the end of the movie, they found no difference in how much was consumed by movie watchers.
  • Eat with your dumb hand. Using your non-dominant hand can slow down your eating and actually lead to a decrease in food consumption. Researchers found that diners who used their dominant hand to eat consumed an average of 30 percent more.
  • Use a larger fork. Believe it or not, researchers have found that a fork that’s at least 20 percent bigger than a normal restaurant-sized fork actually cause diners to eat less and leave more on their plates than diners who eat with tiny forks.

Of course, these hints are helpful but there’s no substitute for good nutrition, exercise and chiropractic care. If you’re having difficulty losing weight, your doctor of chiropractic can work with you to come up with a diet and workout plan that will enable you to live longer and better. Talk to your chiropractic team today to find out how they can help you attain a level of wellness you never thought possible.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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