Developing a PLAN and having the right
First of all, remember that your brain is hard-wired to seek pleasure, and food often gives us instant gratification. It’s NOT simply lack of will power that gets you in trouble. Sometimes having a mantra or saying that you repeat to yourself frequently throughout the day can help curb emotional eating (and drinking). For example: “I choose to nourish my body with healthy food,” or “I can achieve anything I put my mind to.”
Here are 3 strategies to help keep you on track:
1. Drink a big glass of water 1/2 hour before the meal or party. The sensation of fullness in your stomach sends a message to your brain that it’s satisfied, and you’ll be less likely to overeat.
2. Use “food swapping.” If there’s a buffet, choose foods that are high in fiber (veggies) and healthy fat, instead of sugary foods that instantly raise your blood sugar, and then send it crashing down 1 hour later.
3. After the meal or first trip through the buffet line, make a quick visit to the ladies’ room to rinse your mouth and pop a piece of minty gum in your mouth. Then just drink WATER, and stay engaged in meaningful conversations.
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