The Secret to End Overeating!

“Quality, not quantity.”

My stomach is a bottomless pit sometimes. I am a vaccum that will swallow everything and everything if I chose to. Do you know why that buffet across the street costs a fortune? Well I’ll tell you: they fear people like me. They want to make the most out of you as much as you make most of their food.. Or at least, me. That’s why I avoid buffets.

I can out eat you, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, and your family.

Guaranteed.

(Or your money back).

I have this horrible habit of overeating. Eating when I’m not hungry, I am still eating when I’m bloated, still eating when I’m bored, sad, mad, or glad. Munching on things just for their texture. Chewing food just to have something to do– sometimes when I don’t even like the food. And let me tell you, I am not munching on carrot and celery sticks! It’s usually junk food, or at least, non-veggies. Overeating, and mindless eating are just bad habits that tax your body and makes you feel sick. And quite frankly, is a waste of food too!

Well, a few days ago while traveling to school, I gave a thought as to why I sabotaged myself this way, and how to prevent it. Suddenly it hit me. The secret just exploded I my head and I understood why.

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Many times I take “convenience” foods(2 tbsp nut butter, avocado, a few slices of ham and some leftover sauteed vegetables, anything that doesn’t require time and prep)so I can easily eat on the go, especially days I have school. When I am out and don’t have time to sit down and enjoy my meals, I take simple, independent foods and call it a meal so I can multitask efficiently. I rarely bring a nicely cooked dish.

However, I noticed that this habit of rushing through meals contributes to overeating the food on weekends, when I am not busy and have a lot of spare time in my hands. And because I have lots of spare time, I tend to eat more to have something to do.

I was under appreciating my food.

The more effort you put into prepping your meals, the more mindful you feel. Your creation becomes more sacred, and thus you indulge wholeheartedly in the experience. Consume less by taking more time to prepare and garnish your food.

That’s it! It was time to go gourmet. I thought.

Cold low calorie pasta salad on a bed cabbage with smoked salmon, black pepper and garlic seasoning, cucumber, and jalapeno mayonnaise! Might not look super duper but I put much more effort into lunch than I usually do. I felt satisfied when I finished, not feeling like I needed more food.

I have to put more effort into decorating and garnishing the plate. It should be special to me when I eat it. It should be a treasuring and satisfying experience. That way I can make the food last physically in my tummy and emotionally in my heart. Come to think of it, isn’t that how anybody should approach anything in life? With a whole lot of heart?

Yes!

I think I found the answer.

What do you think?


  • As I coach women with disordered eating, so many come to me stressed out about overeating and ‘binging’. Most often, after looking at what and when they’re eating, they eat very miniscule amounts early in the day through dinner. After they make adjustments to eat more earlier in the day, a lot of those struggles subside. I’m glad you found what helps you!

    • That’s definitely another good strategy to prevent mindless eating: writing things down and eating enough during the day to last you. Thanks for sharing!

  • I AM GARBAGE DISPOSAL! ha ha ha ha! However, I don’t eat garbage, I eat HEALTHFULLY… So I am a health disposal?! That being said, I definitely eat A LOT!!! ha ha ah! However, protein helps a TONNNNNN and keeps me full forever! πŸ™‚

    • You are dairy wheat and gluten free…you are my favourite health disposal and the most desired one compared to all the others πŸ™‚

  • Yes! Mindfulness is huge- taking the time to slow and and notice what you’re eating and really enjoy it is so key. As is eating until we’re satisfied and learning to trust our body’s cues!

  • Ommgnesss….back when I used to eat like crazy I was like…scary. That girl the buffet “feared”. During high school I used to eat chili cheese fries everyday at school for morning break, then a big ol’ burrito for lunch, then whatever was offered to me for dinner, or went out to buffets and had 3-4 plates of food. Eeeek! Thinking about it gives me the heebiejeebies, lollll. But I agree that mindfulness def. helps. Also, since I love veggies anyway, I usually have a lot of veggies/salad with my meal (esp. if I’m out and there’s an option) and when I try to balance it with the other foods, I tend to eat the perfect portion for me. Veggies keep me more mindful and satisfied! Also, something about their crunch that really makes it enjoyable. πŸ™‚

    • I always eat at least 4 plates of food st buffets! They’re just so hard to control. Veggies are my go to foods too. Sometimes i eat iceberg lettuce plain, and for so few calories and good vitamins, theyre the perfect snack. Something about their texture is appealing, indeed! The crubchier the more satisfying.

  • jillconyers

    Mindfulness plays a huge part in our eating and like you said if you put a little time and effort into meal prep you’re much more mindful and the meals tend to be so much more satisfying.

  • happyfitmama

    Mindfulness is huge! I’ve been known to just plow through food and then still be hungry. Slowing down and enjoying makes all the difference.

  • [email protected]

    I prep all of our food and I still can eat all the time LOL I don’t know what my problem is. But spending time in the kitchen and creating is very fun:)

  • #WOWLinkup. I have been eating way too mindlessly lately. Thanks for the inspiration to improve this week.

  • Lean Lena

    Hey Linda! Found you through the WOW linkup…
    Your post made me think about the book I am reading now – “Eating Mindfully” by Dr. Susan Albers. Great book and so many practical exercises and tips on how to stop mindless eating. I am really enjoying that book.

    • Hey Lena!

      Thanks for dropping by! I will check out that book, and another called “Intuitive Eating” the next time I stop by chapters. πŸ™‚ Eat mindfully!

  • Laura

    I do not disagree at all, and yet I have come to a radically different conclusion for myself (as we’re each motivated to ‘stay the path’ in different ways!) and it’s this: My food does NOT have to always taste good, or always be amazing, or always be interesting or delicious or beautiful. It simply has to fuel me.

    That was a radical shift for me. I now simply get simple foods, foods that support my goals, into my body with little or no attention to combinations or presentation or even flavor profiles. I will eat some cold turkey, a helping of cottage cheese, a handful of olives, and a whole tomato. Not fancy, not interesting, but nutritious, fills me up, does the job.

    I do still enjoy cooking and making delicious, mindfully-prepared meals; I just can’t be bothered with it on a regular basis.

    So there’s that! Two different ways, same result! Onward! πŸ™‚ :::fist bump:::

    • Hey Laura! I agree with your way of thinking. I think a long time ago on tumblr I posted about having a neutral relationship with your food–neither loving it nor hating it. It is just fuel. It does not have to taste really good. It’s just something like watering flowers–they need it to grow but they don’t have a mental bias towards it. Thank you for bringing this up, I think I will bring back the old post I had. πŸ™‚

      I’m really glad that method of mindful eating works for you!

  • The opening to your blog had me laughing! (I know it probably shouldn’t be funny. But it was fun to read.) I connected right away with the “bottomless pit”. I know that feeling all too well! Thank you for sharing!! #wowlinkup

  • Diatta Harris

    That is probably it plus hormones maybe. I start off my day eating very clean and then it gets shot to h-e- double hockey sticks and then it is OVER. Also it is probably a mental thing but eating clean leaves me hungry. Great post. #wowlinkup

    • Hey Diatta! It may also be horomones, but I think a lot of times it’s also mind games.Eating clean shouldn’t make you hungry! Make sure you are eating enough calories and quality calories πŸ™‚

  • I had a client who ate so fast it was kind of embarrassing to eat out with her. Her nutritionist gave her a tip to time herself when she eats and slow that time down by a minute each week. It really helped her. Visiting from the #wowlinkup

  • Rebecca Bryant

    My son is like that he eats so fast I sometimes wonder if he even taste his food. I have to keep telling him to slow down.