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Eating in moderation
TIME:2014/3/23 12:47:38

Are you struggling with your food choices? Follow nutritionist Susie Burrell's tips on eating in moderation and change your thinking about so-called 'good' and 'bad' foods.
You may be surprised to hear that there are no 'bad' foods - there are foods that supply the body with more kilojoules than others, and there are foods that supply the body with more nutrients than others, but at the end of the day, there is not one food that makes you fat or one food that should never be eaten.
In saying that however, there are styles of eating that are closely linked to consuming too many kilojoules on a regular basis which is what ultimately results in weight gain.
A common scenario for those who are overweight is that they find themselves eating certain foods because this is what they think they 'should' be eating, as opposed to what they 'feel' like eating. Then, because their actual craving has not been fulfilled, they end up buying an extra sweet treat and eating that in addition to their meal or snack. This results in overeating and weight gain over time.
People who tend to eat what they like, when they like, often achieve a much better balance as they avoid the overeating that occurs when you don't listen to your natural appetite signals.
This approach does not mean that you should binge on a block of chocolate each and every time you crave some, but it does mean that if you feel like some chocolate, you should have it. The key to avoiding overeating is to choose good quality chocolate in portion controlled quantities.
Once you accept that there are no foods you cannot eat, but ask yourself what you really feel like eating when you do get hungry, and properly consider which food choice will satisfy you, you will have finally reached a state of self-control with your eating. Remember, food is meant to nourish the body and be enjoyed, it is as simple as that.
Change your food thinking
1) Stop thinking of food as 'good' and 'bad', instead opting for the terms 'everyday' and 'sometimes' foods.
2) Differentiate regular, daily eating occasions from special occasions where you may indulge.
3) If you do overdo it, make sure you have a day of eating light soups or salads.
4) Include a small treat such as a row of chocolate or glass of wine in your daily eating plan.
5) To normalise foods rather than viewing them as 'treats' that should not be eaten, practice keeping high fat treats in the house and not eating them just because they are there.
6) Stop hiding food, you and the kids both know it is there.
7) If you crave sweet foods, satisfy the food craving but also make it part of a balanced snack so you are kept full for a couple of hours after eating it.
8) Always ask yourself, "What do I really feel like eating?".
9) If you are experiencing constant cravings, check if your baseline diet is well balanced - an unbalanced diet can result in constant hunger and food cravings.
10) Remember the mantra of "quality over quantity" when indulging - if it is not great quality chocolate, cakes, cheese or desserts, don't waste your kilojoules, instead saving them for something you love to eat.

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