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1. Temptation Island
The first bad eating habit is always being around tempting treats. Dont stock your cubicle or pantry with junk food, dont keep candy dishes around or leave anything you have a hard time resisting anywhere in close proximity of where you work or relax. If you are always surrounded by snacks, youre very likely to eat some or all of it! Keep healthy snacks on hand for when hunger strikes and stay away from random office treats!
2. Missing the Meal Train
Another unhealthy eating habit is to skip meals. Skipping breakfast is probably the worst, but anytime you skip a meal, your metabolism slows down and youre much likelier to snack on something and overeat later. Plan and make meals ahead of time so that you dont have an excuse to skip a meal. You dont have to plan elaborate meals; you can do something as easy as making a bunch of salads, making smoothies or packing fruit.
3. Multitasking Mama
Another one of the most common bad eating habits is to eat while youre distracted. If you commonly eat while youre reading, watching TV, working or anything else besides just eating, youre more likely to eat more then and later. Your brain isnt really registering that youre eating and you can end up eating and eating without really feeling full. Take a break from whatever youre doing and just eat without doing anything else, you deserve the break!
4. Potato Chip Bag Lady
If you ever find yourself eating straight of the bag or box, that is a major bad eating habit! There is no way to keep your portions under control and avoid overeating. Eating out of containers makes it so easy to overeat and most times youll just end up regretting it. Be proactive and make it a habit to keep measured portions of snacks handy or only eat small portions on small plates.
5. Meals on Wheels
One of the most unhealthy eating habits you can have is to eat on the run. If youre the type who likes to eat while youre in the car, while working or walking around, stop now! Stop and savor whatever youre eating or drinking and take a moment to sit. Eating while youre running around is just as bad as eating while youre distracted which could result in overeating. Be conscious of what and how youre eating!
6. Midnight Snacker
One of the oldest bad eating habits in the book is late night snacking! Ever go out for a girls night and youre starving from a night of dancing or just stay up late and have an out of control craving? Ive definitely been there and done that even though I knew better. If you find yourself in this situation, try drinking water or tea or brush your teeth to test if youre truly hungry. If you are, try nibbling on some fruit or string cheese.
7. Lost in Emotion
Eating when youre having a bad day or going through a tough time is definitely an unhealthy eating habit to break. Instead of turning to food try calling a friend or going for a walk. Get in the habit of doing something more productive and healthy to try to cope with whats going on. Eating while youre emotional usually leads to eating junk food in bountiful amounts which is totally unhealthy and wont even make you feel better!
8. Competitive Eating
This is I definitely one of the bad eating habits Im guilty of, I eat way too fast! I had to learn to slow down by putting my utensils down and taking sips of water between bites. When you eat too fast, your brain doesnt indicate that its full until about 15 minutes into a meal so if you finish your meal before those 15 minutes, youre probably going to eat too much and end up uncomfortably full!