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Peer pressure eating

Posted Mar 14 2010 7:20pm 2 Comments

Not sure if it is normal, but it seems when I eat with others I seem to eat double or  more. It seems when eating around others (friends, family, co-workers, etc) I binge. Not sure if others experience this but after my family coming to town, it was pretty much an eat-a-thon. Is there any way to prevent this?

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I think a lot of people struggle with this too- I know that for me, I get so caught up in conversations and socialising that I lose track of quite how much I am eating. It's hard to be mindful of food and portions with so much external stuff going on. I usually fill my plate up with vegetables or salad first- takes a while to eat and it's hard to go too overboard with them. A small helping of what else is on offer is always on my plate too, but I make sure I eat a decent amount of vegetables first and if I still need more food, that's what I go for. It's especially hard when somebody else is hosting the meal...you don't have control over what is served and don't want to come across as rude. Best plan of action in that situation is to eat slowly, take sips of water inbetween bites, put your cutlery down every few mouthfuls and take deep breaths/check in with yourself if you are genuinely hungry or what else is going on. Offering to bring a dish is a great idea too- I often bring a large batch of roasted vegetables or homemade fat free ratatouille.
also worth keeping in mind that the first 2 bites of any food are the best- after that, the novelty is gone so chances are that if you eat a reasonable portion and still want more, you won't enjoy it. I remind myself of that...and it's also a good idea to ask for recipes- that way you flatter the host and can appease your conscious with the thought of recreating the dish at home whenever you want!
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