Every so often, I like to invite one of my coaching clients to talk with us about what they are doing to get PCOS under control. I think it is vitally important that PCOS women share their stories with one another so that we can learn from each other’s experience.
Revolution Coaching member Sheri had a remarkable breakthrough when she discovered the power of undistracted eating. Like so many of us, Sheri was multitasking throughout most of her day, even during meal time. During her first coaching call, we discovered that Sheri ate nearly every meal while driving, working or watching TV. In the video below Sheri and I talk about how undistracted eating helped her to lose three pounds and two inches off her waist in under two weeks.
Sheri’s Tips for Undistracted Eating
Just try undistracted eating for two weeks.
It can be intimidating to commit to something indefinitely, but if you try undistracted eating for two weeks, you will not want to give it up. It grows on you quickly.
Leave your phone in another room.
It can be hard to resist the temptation of a Facebook alert from your phone. Just leave it in another room so you can focus on eating for a few minutes.
If you are interrupted during your meal, don’t sweat it!
Simply stop eating, attend to the matter at hand, and return to your meal once the distraction is eliminated.
Use your nice dishes. It is more fun to eat off a beautiful place setting. Treat yourself by busting out the fine china.
Erika’s Pro Tips
Eat off a plate or a bowl, not from a bag or box.
No matter what you are eating, make sure you can see it. Eating food you can’t see will make it difficult for your brain to process how much you are really eating.
Seek out distraction-free eating environments.
If you are at home, eat at the kitchen table. If there is a television or another distracting electronic device in the kitchen, remove it or unplug it. If you are at work, leave your desk when it is time to eat. Your work space is bound to be very distracting, so it is critical that you find an alternative place to eat. Head to a break room, a park bench, or bring a picnic blanket to work.
Reserve time in your schedule to eat.
Go ahead and add lunch to your work calendar so that meetings and other responsibilities don’t invade your meal time. If your day is truly busy, just set aside 10 minutes to drink a healthy super shake. Committing to 10 minutes of undistracted eating will definitely prevent an hour of distracted overeating!
Enjoy Food More than Ever While Eating Less
If you want to lose weight and keep it off for good, you will probably have to learn to eat less food.
I know how you feel – such an idea used to strike terror in my heart! My head would start swirling with memories of starvation diets, constant calorie tracking, and rigid meal plans.
Oh no, not this again. Is it even worth it?
I want to offer you an alternative. You can learn to eat less without making yourself miserable. In fact, undistracted eating is just one of the many strategies I teach in my coaching program that will not only help you lose weight but will transform the way you feel about food so you can actually enjoy eating again.
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