How to deal with boredom without eating

You’re at a loose end, stuck inside because of the freezing weather, and you keep having the urge to go to the kitchen and graze on something tasty.  You’re not hungry – you ate lunch only an hour ago – but your brain keeps switching to thoughts of food. There are...

How to deal with being cajoled into eating more than you intended

Do you eat more than you really want to when you eat out with friends? When you find that despite your best intentions, you splurge whenever you eat out with friends, you may be tempted to avoid eating out, at least until you’ve reached your goal weight. But eating...

How can I stop eating my kids’ leftovers?

Eating leftovers is an occupational hazard if you have kids of any age, or if you cook for anyone else…. If this sounds like you or someone you know, here are some tips. …… How do I break the leftover eating habit? Dear Helen, I’ve got into the habit...

How to stop feeling anxious about feeling hungry

When feeling hungry makes you anxious, and makes you eat more than you need If the idea of getting hungry fills you with unease, or even dread, you may find yourself eating extra now to avoid risking hunger pangs later. I call this “Insurance Policy Eating”. Taking...
How can I stop myself bingeing on sweet foods in the evenings?

How can I stop myself bingeing on sweet foods in the evenings?

Dear Helen, I need help to stop bingeing on unhealthy foods.  I’m generally in good health and feel happy with my home and work life but bingeing is getting me down. My diet generally is good and I am aware of what foods are good and bad for me.  But in the evening I...

When “just a bite” means anything but …

Do you plan to have one of something, say a biscuit, and find that you can’t stop at just one or two? Do you intend to have just a taste of something but end up eating it all? Like an appetiser at a meal, a small tasty bite can stimulate the appetite rather than...