I came home a little late from work after picking up my car (I had a flat tire on the way into work) to sick kids and an injured and exhausted wife. I made dinner and sat down to eat by myself. It was a delightful prosciutto and blue cheese whole-wheat baguette sandwich with a salad. I ate it quickly while reading articles on Hacker News.
I was still feeling hungry because I didn’t pay attention while I was eating (being mindful) and ate too fast. I went to the cupboard for something and found these:
12 crackers for 90 calories is a pretty good deal, so I ate 12 while reading more articles and then ate almost the whole bag – at least 500 calories worth, all without really realizing I had. I still had a great eating day overall, but wow this snuck up on me. I felt uncomfortably full and had to work through feelings of guilt and gluttony.
I would love to hear strategies and advice that helps you to eat mindfully, or tricks that you use to stop the train to eating too much once its left the station.