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From Sharp Health News, a publication of Sharp HealthCare

Many of us have developed eating habits — both good and bad. When it comes to unhealthy eating habits, it’s not just about making poor food choices.

Some bad habits include certain behaviors:

  • Skipping meals
  • Eating too fast
  • Eating when feeling sad, stressed or tired
  • Mindless snacking while watching TV
  • Eating when you aren’t hungry

If you examine your patterns and make behavior changes, you can help create a positive change in your eating habits.

Try these tips to build better eating habits:

  1. Start a food journal.
    Food journaling sheds light on your eating patterns. It draws your attention to food-related pitfalls that may have previously thrown you off track and gives you the information you need to move forward.
  2. Practice mindful eating.
    Mindless eating can lead to overeating, undereating or making poor food choices. Try mindful eating instead: Eat slowly, listen to body sensations and hunger cues, and pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. You will be more likely to make healthy choices.
  3. Control your environment.
    Consider reshaping the environment around you to make it easier to stick to new habits:
    • Be prepared — keep more fruit and healthy snacks at home and at work.
    • Keep a reusable water bottle with you to make it easier to stay hydrated.
    • Use smaller plates for your meals to encourage smaller portions.
    • Display healthy food in a prominent place to make it easy to grab.
    • Cook most of your meals at home to be more in control of what you eat.

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