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Are you ruining your health? 5 bad eating habits to stop

ShutterstockArticle By Asia Hamlin // EEW Magazine Health

Who doesn’t love to eat? I don’t know of anyone, that’s for sure.

While there’s nothing wrong with occasionally enjoying tempting treats and filling yourself with savory meals, there are some bad eating habits that could be ruining your health. Here are 5 of them you should stop.

1. Eating Until You’re Stuffed

If you eat until you feel like you’re going to explode, that’s too much. If you have to unsnap your pants to continue, you’ve gone too far. If you find yourself sighing and saying, “Whew! I’m stuffed,” and can barely move after getting up from the table, then you’re over-stuffing yourself. You want to eat until you’re satisfied, but don’t overdo it. Try having that one plate or single slice, or recommended serving size, and then drinking a glass of water.

2. Continuing To Eat Just Because “It’s So Good”

If you’re guilty of this, raise your hand. Have you ever had a dessert or meal that was so tasty you just wanted to eat and eat, and eat some more? We all know that feeling, which is why you can’t let feelings rule you. There’s nothing wrong with savoring the taste and appreciating a deliciously cooked dinner, or that yummy slice of pizza. But if you find yourself going back for more, even when your body is full, just because it’s so good, that’s a problem. Be sure to set boundaries and limit your intake.

3. Snacking Out Of Boredom

It’s a lazy afternoon. You don’t have much planned, so you grab some chips, takeout, sweets, or whatever you like to chow down on to pass the time. Don’t ever do that. Food is fuel for your body, not entertainment. Eat at mealtime. If you’re bored, go read, or tackle a project you’ve been procrastinating over. Back away from the snacks, because if you remain undisciplined in your eating, that will lead to bigger problems in the end.

4. Eating Late At Night

If you stay up late, this can be a tough habit to break. It always seems like your body craves food afterhours. So try to go to bed on time. Sometimes, depending on how busy you get, it’s hard not to eat during later evening hours. But if you can avoid it, do. And if you must have some sort of snack, make sure it’s something healthy, like fruit.

5. Using Food To Soothe You

A lot of people are emotional eaters. When they’re feeling stressed or down, they go for comfort foods like ice cream, cookies, or other entrees high in fat, sodium and sugar. But eating to soothe yourself can cause you to pack on the weight, leaving you with health issues long after the negative emotions that drove you to eat in the first place are gone. When you’re going through it emotionally, try prayer, reading your Bible, talking to someone you trust, or sometimes, crying it out. But eating is not the answer.

Your body is a temple. Be sure what you’re putting in it is wholesome. And even then, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. So in all things, practice self-control, which is a fruit of the spirit.

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