The Psychology of Mindless Eating


Nutrition and Weight Issues

Many of the patients I work with see me because of stress related to health problems, including diabetes, weight issues, high cholesterol and heart problems  But even those who see me for other reasons often want to improve their health as a secondary goal.  One very important aspect of health is nutrition… especially weight management.


Additionally, one of the things I learned while leading a Dialectical Behavior Therapy program, is the importance of mindfulness.  Being aware of how you are feeling, what you are thinking, and what you are doing takes effort.  But going about life mindlessly leads to many problems and requires more effort and struggle in the long run.

The Psychology of Mindless Eating

This article from  Johns Hopkins combines both topics and gives a few easy tips to help you avoid problems related to mindless eating.

The average American makes more than 200 decisions about food every day, many of them subconscious. What’s more, subtle and not-so-subtle cues from our surroundings often “trap” us into eating 100–200 calories more a day than we need or want. The result: Slow but sure weight gain as we age. Here are 7 practical strategies to help you limit those extra calories.

Food psychologist study why we eat the way we do — and why so many of us are overweight. What these experts are learning is that… (click here to continue reading about mindless eating)

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477);  near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort.

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