When you have a great meal and exercise plan in place, it’s hard to imagine what could get in the way of managing your weight and blood glucose levels. Unfortunately, old habits are often hard to change, and your behavior can become a big obstacle in the way of progress. Managing weight and blood glucose is not just about calories and carbs; it’s also about making behavior changes that will stick. The smallest habits (good or bad) can add up, influencing weight and blood glucose management.
Here are three ways to become more in tune with what and how you eat:
- Keep track of your food intake for 3 days. The best way to stop yourself from mindlessly eating is to become aware of exactly what your food habits are. How often do you eat? Do you always eat when you are hungry, or is it because you are bored or sad? Do you like big meals or snacks, or both? These are important questions to ask yourself when you look over your food journal.
- Think about your eating environment. Surroundings make a big difference! Many of us eat in stressful or distracting areas, like in offices, work cubicles, or while driving. When we eat while multitasking, our brains may not be able to tell us when we are full. This can lead to overeating.
- Enjoy non-food related hobbies. So many food cues and triggers exist in our environment today, and these make it difficult to know when you are really hungry. It’s hard to focus on your body’s signals when you see an ad for fast food, or watch someone on TV eat a candy bar.