9 Quick Tips to Manage Weight (and why I won’t eat beets and Brussels sprouts)

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Have you ever been so hungry that you ate so fast and too much? All of a sudden your stomach is about to explode? It has been said it takes 20 minutes for the brain to register fullness. If hungry I’m sure you know you can eat a lot in a short period. Gradually brain chemicals and stomach hormones catch up to one another—then it’s the oh my gosh why did I eat so much feeling. Sound familiar? You’re not alone.

If that situation is a rare occurrence, not to worry. If it happens regularly though, perhaps it’s time to change.

Strategies include:

  1. Eat breakfast—break the fast. If you’re not, that may be a cause for overeating. (Stay tuned for an upcoming article I wrote for Environmental Nutrition about breakfast.)
  2. Eat three meals and one or two healthy snacks per day.
  3. Have protein with each meal—low fat dairy (milk, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, cheese), egg, chicken, fish, lean red meat, edamame, soy milk, but avoid almond milk that has virtually no protein. (I’ll be posting a blog soon on 30 gram protein meals.)
  4. Slow the rate you’re eating—take at least 20 minutes. Pace yourself with the slowest person at the table.
  5. C.H.E.W. your food. Is it bite, bite, swallow? Try to chew at least 15 times. Take it slow and savor the flavor!
  6. Use a smaller plate. We have a tendency to fill a plate no matter how large and eat everything on it.
  7. Increase activities/things to do in place of eating—take a walk, call a friend, play with the dog or kids.
  8. If a stress eater, learn alternative ways to deal with emotions and stress.
  9. Cancel your membership to the clean plate club. There are no benefits!


Why I won’t eat beets and Brussels sprouts

As a kid my stepfather would not let me leave the table until my plate was clean. I was told there were starving children somewhere. To this day I have no idea how me cleaning my plate had anything to do with children starving. Normally it wasn’t a big issue—I’ve always loved to eat. But when it came to beets, Brussels sprouts (and liver), different story. To this day those foods won’t cross my lips. They’re nutrient-rich powerhouses and I’m sure they would taste great—had I not endured some bad childhood memories. Fortunately my mom got smart and divorced him (albeit not soon enough).

What strategies do you use to regulate hunger and manage weight? Were you subjected to the clean plate club?


  1. Carolyn Walker

    When I’m tempted to stop and get an apple fritter or black walnut ice cream, I tell myself that it will make me fat and think of the good fruit and yogurt I have at home which is less expensive. Regarding the forced eating, I used to tell my children that there were children hungry in other countries. It was to let them know how blessed they were to have food. Also, I knew they would get hungry later and unable to get something to eat before lunch while in school. Maybe, I could have put less food on their plate. One son put his sweet peas under his plate which I discovered after he was gone.:)

    • Neily

      Thanks for you response Carolyn! So pleased that you’re able to say no to the temptation and get home to make a healthier choice! That’s pretty funny about your son. Brussels sprouts would’ve been hard for me to hide under the plate 🙂

  2. Maria Alvarez

    Hi Nely, I share the the same feeling for beets; when we were children, my mom made beet cream and although the taste was not bad, it was to thick and rich that I got sick immediately after finishing it; we begged to leave the table but our family was strict about leaving until your plate was empty and I mean empty.

    So these days beets are not on my nutrition plan.

    I bet you love betes, because I do love Brussels sprouts, ha, ha,
    Cheers, Maria Alvarez

  3. Sonia

    I love Brussels Sprouts and beets but I do hate liver! I would eat almost anything when I was a kid but thankfully my parents never forced me to eat things. I just had to try it.

    • Neily

      You were lucky! I had to eat the stuff…it was my stepfather that made me…not my mom. As I said though my mom got smart and divorced him – yay mom :)! Thanks for commenting!


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