After one of my Mindless Eating presentations , someone asked, “What is the best way to be mindful about how we eat?”
Being mindful or aware of how we overeat isn’t the answer for most of us. We’re too busy, too stressed, and have too much on our mind already. On top of this the eating cues around us are simply too powerful to resist and we don’t want it to be a full time job.
The key is to simply rearrange –re-engineer –our environment so we mindlessly eat less and enjoy it more. If you serve more onto big plates, get rid of them. If a nearby candy dish on your desk leads you to eat twice as many candies (it does), move it 6 feet away.
The best place to start with re-egineering is with your biggest diet danger zone: 1) Meal stuffing, 2) snack grazing, 3) restaurant indulging, 4) party binging, and 5) desktop/dashboard dining. Most people only have one or two of these that is the most problematic. Start with making small changes. You can then mindlessly eat better.
First sentence in Mindless Eating says, “The best diet is the diet you don’t know you’re on.” The key is in being positively mindless.
For 30 years my Lab and I have focused on discovering secret answers to help people live better lives. Some of these relate to health and happiness (and often to food). Please share whatever you find useful.
This video of one of my post-docs gives a flavor of one type of research that we've done: