Simple tricks to stop overeating

Specifically, the headline on the cover of the thin magazine/leaflet reads: “Stop Overeating. Three simple tricks.”

Inside the Weight Watcher Weekly for June 19-25, I fiound these tricks: At home, serve measured portions on the plate instead of serving family style. At a restaurant, order two appetizers. And, when you visit a friend, wear your skinny pants.

All those hints sound helpful, but I’m not sure they would have helped the character in Elizabeth Berg’s short story “The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted,” which we discussed in our last blog post.

There are no easy tricks to stopping overeating. I know because I have issues with food and overeating.

What has helped me most is to try to figure out why I’m overeating.

When I feel like self-medicating with food, I try to remember that Fayteen suggests asking some questions: What wound am I trying to heal? Why am I trying to use food to make me feel better? What do I really want?

I have learned to eat healthier foods and to avoid overeating, and Weight Watchers has been a big help to me. I also have gone to counselors for help. If you need help, talk to a family member or a friend—or see a counselor.

–Joy

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