Would you like a box for that? It seems like such an easy question, but some people have a hard time stopping while there is still food on their plate. When you are full, the best thing to do is drop your fork, push your chair away from the table, and don’t take another bite.

If you eat until you are stuffed, you overate. The most beautifully balanced eating plan you can follow is to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are comfortably full. We are all born with this ability, but years of advertising and food representing rewards have made us forget to eat to live.

Re-learn to stop eating when you are full by:

  • Eating slower. It takes time for the brain to realize we are full.
  • Savoring the flavor. Nothing tastes as good as the first bite. Pay mindful attention while chewing each bite.
  • Choosing satisfying foods that have high fiber, protein, or water content help fill you up without loading up calories.

Overeating happens. But it should be the exception, not a typical meal.

“In EVERYTHING, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.” – Cicero