Start with Small Changes
March 27, 2017
The aim of the 2017 National Nutrition Month® is to inspire everyone to start with small changes toward a healthful eating style – one forkful at a time. Choosing healthier food options is important; however, to make sure the choices become a healthy habit, it is also important to recognize other factors that cause less healthful eating.
The CDC has identified habits that may be leading some of us to overeat. Below, look at and highlight the common the eating habits that may be leading you to overeat and to weight gain.
- Eating too fast
- Always cleaning your plate
- Eating when not hungry
- Eating while standing up (may lead to eating mindlessly or too quickly)
- Always eating dessert
- Skipping meals (or maybe just breakfast)
The next step is finding the small changes that work for us. The CDC’s Improving Your Eating Habits suggestions include:
- Turning off the TV – It is too easy to get distracted which results in overeating and missing out on enjoying each bite of food.
- Supporting family members – It is easier if family members join in and encourage progress towards healthier habits.
- Eating slowly – When eating too fast, it is hard to tell when hunger stops and feeling full begins.
- Out of the package and on to the plate – Studies show we eat much more when snacking out of a multi-serving bag or a box.
- Set times for snacks – There is nothing wrong with a planned healthy snack. Without set snack times, there is a tendency to eat when bored.