Dr. Benjamin’s Peace Training Tips:
3 Tips to Avoid Overeating
1. Don’t multi-task while eating.
2. Slow down.
3. Use all of your senses.
Don’t multi-task. When feeding, a system in your body is activated to alert you when you no longer need to eat. You might miss this signal if you’re distracted. Eat in a quiet place and don’t do anything else but eat during your meals.
Slow down. The alert that I just talked about sometimes doesn’t reach your brain right away. If you eat slower, you give it more time to catch up. The following three tricks can slow you down: Eat with your weak hand; Eat with chopsticks; Chew the food more.
Use your senses. This will slow you down and you’ll enjoy your meal more. Use your sense of vision to notice and think about the color of the food you’re eating. Use smell to appreciate the aromas of each bite. Use touch to feel the texture of the food in your mouth and to help you chew up your food more. Taste? Try to recognize the ingredients in your food.
Dr. Benjamin Williamson is a board-certified psychiatrist. He earned his medical degree (M.D.) from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan where he also completed his residency training in psychiatry. He currently practices psychiatry in coastal North Carolina. In his free time he enjoys surfing, organizing activities related to ocean conservation and Vipassana meditation.
Disclaimer: Creating peacefulness is not easy and requires a commitment to training. What we are offering is an "on ramp" to the path toward peacefulness. You can experience some benefits right away, but you will benefit more and more the longer you travel on the road.