Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Strategy Review: The Four Golden Rules

Woot! Happy Wednesday, I hope your week is going well. It seems I've not done much other than work and workout since August reared it's hot and humid head here in the ATL. I'm excited that I have the day off today and have just one more shift tomorrow before I head out on Sunday morning. Because I'm going to be away from my routine for two weeks, I thought it would be a good time to have a strategy review.

Paul McKenna's Four Golden Rules are, at their core, an extremely helpful place to start when you're trying to gain control over emotional overeating. I like to brush up on them whenever I'm going to be eating in a different environment than my own kitchen. They really help me to connect with my body signals, to really enjoy the food I'm having and pay attention and stop when I'm getting full.

So to review the Four Golden Rules, here they are...

Eat When You’re Hungry

Eat what you want, not what you think you should have

Eat Consciously – Enjoy Each Mouthful

Stop When You Think You’re Full

I'm going to spend a bit of time packing today. Four more sleeps!


  1. Like the McKenna rules - they are similar to ones I've found from Beyond Chocolate. Refocussing your mind prior to a change of scene sounds very practical - well done!

  2. It is a great idea to have a plan in place for when you are out of your routine. Those rules are perfect!

  3. I love those rules! Especially “Eat what you want, not what you think you should have”!!! Why waste calories on things you are not really enjoying? Life is too short!