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.