Breaking Bad Food Habits

We've all got bad food habits we fall into from time to time. To help us break them and get on track to healthier eating, nutritionist Theresa Albert shares some quick fixes.

Breaking Bad Food Habits

Bad Habit: Sweet Tooth

This can be a response to a blood sugar spike and crash. Your body will send you screaming for sweets if it thinks it's dying, and rightly so. Your job is to prevent it from thinking that way.

The Fix: Green Tea

Bad Habit: Late Night Snacker

This is pure trigger and response. There is no need for snacking in front of the tube. Just turning on the TV is enough to set you up for stimulus and input.

The Fix: Gum

Bad Habit: 3 p.m. Coffee Hit

Time of day trigger! Identify what you need from this habit -- is it the caffeine, the sugar or the break?

The Fix: Timer

Bad Habit: One Too Many Drinks

The less your drink the better. The Canadian Liver Foundation says even a small amount can be damaging. The trick is to be honest with yourself about how much you drink.

The Fix: Sparkling Water

Bad Habit: Large Portions

How many times have you kept eating when you knew you were already full? Ask a North American when they know they are finished a meal and they will say "when the plate is empty" but a European will say "when I can no longer taste it, or am not aware I am eating"

The Fix: Soup

Theresa Albert