No Zombie Eating: All too often we are barely – if at all – conscious of what we are putting in our mouths while we’re eating. If you’ve just taken the time to prepare a nice, home-cooked meal, why would you plow through it in just a few minutes? Slow down and take the time to really experience the tastes and textures of your food. Not only will you realize that you are full before you have overeaten, you will also spend more time enjoying your food instead of feeling deprived. Mindless eating is also a problem in the evenings, while sitting in front of the television or computer. Make yourself a promise that meals and snacks deserve your full attention and avoid the temptation to nosh while doing something else. Only by being fully aware and focused can you really enjoy the experience of eating. This will also remove the risk of polishing off an entire bag of cookies in front of the evening news.