Health Tip: Savor Your Food

Think before you eat

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(HealthDay News) -- It's commonplace to down a meal quickly without thinking about the food you're eating. This can lead to overeating and ignoring your body's fullness cues.

The American Diabetes Association recommends:

  • Avoid distractions, (such as TV, computer or multi-tasking) while you eat. Focus on chewing slowly and putting down your fork between bites.
  • Before you sit down for a meal, rate your hunger on a scale of 1-10. Consider whether you are eating for emotional reasons.
  • If certain foods are triggers for overeating, don't buy those foods.
  • Make sure your food choices are nutritious.
  • Use smaller bowls and plates to help you eat less.
  • Make healthier foods readily available.

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