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3 Ways to Put an End to Mindless Eating
3 Ways to Put an End to Mindless Eating
Switch It Up
"Spend a week eating with your nondominant hand. It'll feel awkward, but that means your mind is engaged, so you're more aware of what you're putting in your body."
—Susan Albers, PsyD, psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and author of Eating Mindfully
3 Ways to Put an End to Mindless Eating
Take the Tofu Test
"As you grab a snack, ask yourself: Would I be hungry enough to eat this if it were a block of raw tofu? If the answer is no, you're probably just eating out of boredom. Go for a walk instead!"
—Kelly McGonigal, PhD, psychologist at Stanford University
3 ways to put an end to mindless eating
Booby-Trap Temptation
"Seal an ice cream carton with rubber bands, or staple the bag of potato chips shut. You'll be less likely to indulge when it requires work."
—Deborah Beck Busis, diet program coordinator for the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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