Buffets are the enemy of weight control. But what is that about?
Mindful Weight Loss
I was on a cruise ship recently. Breakfast and lunch were buffet meals and every day was like a battlefield as passengers elbowed each other out of the way to get to the plentiful food. Plates were piled high with a strange mixture of fish, meat, salad, hot vegetables.
You would never order those combinations from a menu so why do we do it at buffets?
Your Caveman Brain
Our human brains formed when we were cave people. When you were a cave person, (it’s a long time ago, you won’t remember it), all food was seasonal. You ate whatever was available because you didn’t know when you would be able to have it again. If it was summer and there was a lot of variety, you ate some of everything. You brain was hard-wired to make the most of all the variety of nutrition.
We may have evolved over the intervening thousands of years and food may now be available all year but our brains are still structured in the same way. And that’s why buffets are so dangerous if you are trying to get rid of unwanted weight.
Develop a Buffet Strategy
If you want to shift those pounds, avoid eating out at buffets. If you can’t avoid it have a strategy to deal with the temptation and keep your willpower strong:
- Only visit the buffet once
- Pick a smaller plate
- Avoid the carbohydrates such as the potatoes, rice, pasta and bread
- Choose the lean proteins such as fish and chicken
- Enjoy the vegetables and salads
- Put any sauce or dressing on the side of the plate and limit how much you eat
- Eat it all slowly and mindfully aware of the textures and flavours
- Be prepared to leave food on your plate if you realise to have eaten enough
- If you want a dessert, choose one and enjoy it.
If you need any help with losing weight contact me and we can discuss how I could help you.
When clients come to see me for weight loss, I ask them ‘How fast do you eat?’. Most of them tell me that they eat quickly, often with the TV on. I explain the importance of eating slowly and without distractions so that you can hear the messages that your body sends you when it has had sufficient to eat.
Last week I had an extraordinary experience. I persuaded a friend to experience mindful eating with me. I cut up some salad vegetables and feta cheese in bite sized portions and put them into two containers. My friend agreed to put on a blindfold and then I gave him his food. I did the same. We agreed not to talk while we were eating.
It was hard not to talk but it became very meditative. When we had finished we were both very calm and peaceful. We had both really tasted and enjoyed the food. The texture and sound of the food also became more apparent. I stopped eating before the container was empty because I knew I had eaten enough.
I recommend eating with your eyes closed or blindfolded as an experience. If you want to eat slowly and mindfully:
- Eat at a table
- No distractions – turn off the TV, put away the mobile phone or Tablet.
- Put down your knife and fork between every mouthful
- Keep the food in your mouth and chew slowly
- Notice the ‘satisfied’ feeling and stop eating
This is a good start to losing unwanted weight.
Do you remember when you were a young teenager? Puberty was like a badge of honour and you talked endlessly with your friends about period pains and what was going on with your body. And then later when you were pregnant you talked with your women friends about all the intimate details of your pregnancy.
So what happened when you started to approach menopause? Was it still ok to talk to your friends about this new stage? Or was it suddenly a bit embarrassing?
It was certainly my experience that it was much more difficult to talk to friends about anything to do with menopause. Maybe that’s because it is seen as a sign of ageing and is viewed in a negative way despite all the positive aspects.
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