Dr. Kim: Are You a Food Zombie?

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Dr. Kim Feinstein shares her 5 S’s to help you wake up from the food trance once and for all.

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Have you ever found yourself mindlessly munching on a snack in front of the television and then, eventually, your hand reaches the bottom of the bag only to find that it is all gone? Beware: you have just entered a “food trance.” Follow these tips to help you wake up from a food trance once and for all.

Stop

Avoid screen time (i.e., television, computer, smartphone/tablet) while you eat. This is one of the quickest ways to consume excess calories, as it takes your focus away from the smell and taste of the food.

Sit Down

Make it a rule only to eat at a table instead of standing, walking, or driving. This will help you focus on what is in front of you.

Slow Down

You’ll become aware of your hunger and satiety when you slow down. Try to eat with your non-dominant hand or with chopsticks. You can also put down your fork in between each bite. This will force you to take smaller bites and eat slower.

Savor

Chew each bite of food 15-20 times before you swallow it. This will help you to stay present and notice when you are satisfied.

Serving Size

Never eat from an open box, bag, or jar. Instead, measure a serving size and transfer it to a bowl or plate. Eat only what you have portioned out and don’t take seconds.

 

Food Trance vs Mindful Eating Chart

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Dr. Kim Feinstein, Psy. D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Red Mountain’s Behavioral Weight Loss Specialist. She specializes in weight management, body image concerns, and eating disorders. She prides herself in her ability to educate, guide, and inspire patients to overcome obstacles and ultimately achieve their goals.

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Dr. Kim Feinstein, Psy. D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Red Mountain’s Behavioral Weight Loss Specialist. She specializes in weight management, body image concerns, and eating disorders. She prides herself in her ability to educate, guide, and inspire patients to overcome obstacles and ultimately achieve their goals.

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