NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: A young woman indulges in a bite to eat during the City Harvest Presents The Brooklyn Local at Tobacco Warehouse on September 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for City Harvest)
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Here are some of the worst eating habits we see every day.
1: Eating in front of a screen
How many times do you try to get your work done during lunch hour and eat in front of your computer? You end up mindlessly eating and not even realizing how much you ate. This tends to cause folks to overeat. Even worse, these eating habits are mimicked by our kids. Do your kids like to eat in front of the TV at night or while they are doing homework?
Solve it: Walk away from the screen, clear your mind and enjoy your food.
2: Walking and chomping
I've seen this talented move hundreds of times, especially while walking in New York City. The typical walk-and-eat meal is pizza. C'mon, that's no way to enjoy the best pizza in the world!
Solve it: Find a lovely park or bench to sit down and enjoy your meal and the gorgeous outdoors.
3: Skipping meals
Some folks find themselves too busy to eat. They rush out of the house in the morning, have meetings all afternoon and, before you turn around, it's dinnertime! Studies show that skipping meals tends to lead to overeating at the next meal. You'll also find that your energy levels are not at their peak since you're not properly fueled throughout the day.
Solve it: Have a quick breakfast available at your fingertips and tote easy-to-munch-on snacks for when you're in a pinch.
4: Gulping on meal replacements in place of real food
Healthy folks don't need to down meal replacements regularly. Besides being not-so-tasty, these man-made concoctions don't have everything you truly get from real food. Whole foods contain phytonutrients, which are plant chemicals that can help fight or prevent disease -- most of which don't go into liquid meal replacements.
Solve it: Keep the liquid supplements for a real emergency. Brown-bag a quick and easy lunch in the morning instead.
5: Forgetting to drink
Many folks get so busy at work that they forget to sip on water or other liquids. They end up fatigued, with a headache, and just overall cranky.
Solve it: Keep a closed water bottle near you at all times.
Courtesy Toby Amidor on foodnetwork.com
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