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Breaking the Cycle: Overcoming Mindless Eating


Mindless Eating is when we allow social situations, emotions or labels to distract us. For example, eating an entire bag of pretzels while watching your favorite TV show, even though they may be stale. Pounding a bag of cheesy chips when you get home from work because you are tired and hungry.

Does this ever happen to you? Think if you could control your mindless eating, you might also be able to control your weight?

Ask yourself these questions to help you identify Mindless Eating:

Why are you eating? Is it because you are trying to eat to control your blood sugar, because you are celebrating an event, or because you are sad?

When do you eat? Do you eat when it is meal time only, or do you also eat chips when the game is on? Think to yourself “am I physically or emotionally hungry.”  Check out our blog, "Emotional Hunger vs. Physical Hunger" for more information.

How do you eat? Do you eat fast, or slow? While at your desk or with the family? 

How much do you eat? Do you eat until you are stuffed, or 50% full, 70% full? Try using the hunger and fullness scale created by the authors of Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD, Fiaedp, FADA below to rate your hunger and fullness before and after a meal.

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Interested in learning more about mindful eating? If you are a Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. patient, tune into our  National Webinar on Thursday October 24th at 8pm EST for “Break the Cycle: Overcoming Mindless Eating” Weight problems may be all in your head – or at least in your brain, according to research. Come and learn strategies to combat overeating.

Brittany Chin, RD, LDTo sign up:

  1. Log into the HDL, Inc., patient portal at:
  2. On the right hand side of the page click on “Live Webinars”
  3. Choose October 24 “Break the Cycle: Overcoming Mindless Eating” 
  4. Click “sign up” and register with your name and email address.
  5. You will receive your invitation in your inbox.  See you there!

-Brittany Chin, RD,LD,HDL, Inc. Clinical Helalth Consultant



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