Common bad eating habits, and how to break them

Break It: Set specific times for meals and snacks. Prepare quick and easy options for when you're short on time, such as yogurt with fruit, or a handful of nuts.

Slow down by chewing each bite thoroughly and putting your fork down between bites. This will give your brain the chance to register when you're full.

Find alternative ways to cope with emotions, such as going for a walk, practicing mindfulness, or talking to a friend. Keep a journal to identify triggers and find healthier ways to deal with emotions.

Be mindful of what you eat. Avoid eating in front of the TV or computer. Sit down at a table, and pay attention to your food.

Use smaller plates and bowls to control portion sizes. Serve yourself smaller amounts initially, and wait before going for seconds.

Find other activities to keep yourself occupied, such as reading, crafting, or going for a walk. If you're not hungry, find something enjoyable to do instead of eating.

Establish a cut-off time for eating in the evening, ideally 2-3 hours before bedtime. If you feel hungry, opt for a light, healthy snack like a piece of fruit or a small handful of nuts.

Stock up on fresh, whole foods and plan your meals ahead of time. Cook in batches, so you have healthy meals readily available when you're busy.