How to use the carrot test to stop snacking.

By Dr. Ron Hekier October 11, 2014
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We’re all victims to emotional eating.  No one is immune to emotional desires that encourage eating.  Myself, I find that I’m most likely to make a poor food choice and eat snacks and junk food that I normally don’t when I’m under stress or feeling negative emotions.

In my experience, a significant amount of people have weight issues because of an emotional connection to food together with a rational detachment from food.

We’ve written about some of these aspects before in previous posts here: Conscious eating.

and here: Mindful eating

I want to share with you a great tip I just learned of while listening to a podcast about changing one’s state of mind. It can help you avoid snacking and reduce eating by incorporating a habit to change your frame of mind.

I’ll call it the carrot test.

Next time you are hungry and about to eat something outside ask yourself the following question: “Would I eat a carrot right now?”

That simple question “Am I hungry enough that I would eat a carrot now?” makes us mindful eaters.

I just learned this technique but I think it has the potential to work very well. If every time we’re about to eat a snack we ask ourselves if a carrot stick will satisfy us it makes us mindful eaters.

Before you grab any junk food or snack if you take a moment to ask yourself  “I’m hungry.  Would I eat carrot sticks now to satisfy my hunger?”  

If the answer is no, then you aren’t hungry, but instead there is some emotional trigger driving you eat.

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