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By Alyssa St-Jean (
It is very important to listen to your body. It is a very intelligent mechanism and is constantly sending you signals so that you can live a happy and healthy life. Take the time to feel and listen to what it is trying to tell you. It could be important! 
One of the main body signals that you are very familiar with is hunger. Your stomach starts rumbling, you feel a little lightheaded and simply the thought of food has your taste buds salivating. What do you do in response? You eat! Great, your stomach is now fuelled, your body has now kicked your metabolism into gear and your mind is satisfied. Mission accomplished! 
Wait! Did you just get up for seconds? Uh oh! Now, your body has to work overtime, you feel gross and your totally rocking a food belly. I bet you feel pretty guilty too… 
Be mindful of what you are eating! The first bite tastes exactly the same as the last one so there is no need to over indulge or run for seconds. I am sure that you have eaten grandma’s famous spaghetti before and that you will probably eat it again so, slow down and acknowledge the food that is entering your body instead of inhaling the mountain of food on your plate!  
When you become aware of the food that you are putting into your mouth, suddenly you are effortlessly cutting back on calories without even depriving yourself. Think about it! You get to eat all your favorite foods without feeling like a porker afterwards. 
So, what’s the trick? It’s all about changing your habits. Here are a few tips on how you can slow down, enjoy your food, and stop overeating:
  1. Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your meals. 
  2. Savor your first bite. It will always be the best one!
  3. Turn your fork upside down. This is not the usual way you hold your fork so it will make you more aware or what you are eating instead of using your fork as a shovel. 
  4. Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your meals.
  5. Turn off your television or computer so that you can be fully aware of the task at hand.
  6. Sit down at the diner table.
  7. Give yourself a well-calculated portion size (not too big yet, not too small either).

Do you overeat? How do you control your eating habits? 

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