Posted on 03/02/2016 at 11:02 AM by Lia Bahls, RD
If you’re just joining this blog series, we’re focusing on the lifestyle changes that have affected how we eat today. As a dietitian, many people ask me: has our culture and corresponding lifestyles changed that much over the past 40 years? The answer. Yes, it has.
We’ve discussed two major lifestyle changes so far, which include:
Let’s take a look at a third major change in our lifestyle:
Mindless eating rules: Our culture has moved away from the dinner table and towards the television, smart phones, computers, and (sometimes) books. Eating while consuming media opens the door for what we call mindless and “boredom” eating. When distracted, we are less likely to pay attention to what and how much we are eating. You know that feeling when you’ve reached the bottom of the bag and had no clue you’d been eating chips for the past hour? That’s mindless eating and it is a huge problem in today’s society.
So how can you combat the mindless eating that leads to overeating? Step away from the electronics and distractions!
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