One of the biggest challenges people have been facing with being home all day for many weeks in a row is that they tend to go through their snacks quickly. Not only is this going to be hard on your figure, but it might make you feel sluggish, and also cost you more money overall on your food budget. Here are a few tips that can help you control some of the extra snacking you have been doing.
Keep Snacks Out of Sight
This old rule is great for so many reasons. When you see something right in front of you and are constantly reminded it is there, your brain tends to want it whether your stomach is hungry or not. Instead of having extra temptations you don’t need, keep your snacks in the cabinet, fridge, or a snack drawer. When you are hungry, you will remember they are there, but won’t grab a cookie or handful of chips every time you go to the kitchen just because you see them sitting there on the counter. Or better yet don't have unhealthy options in the house at all.
Have Designated Snack Windows During the Day
It can also help to stick to some kind of schedule or routine, not just with your activities, but meal and snack times. Think about what your routine was like before. You likely had 3 meals a day around the same time, with a couple snacks in the morning or afternoon. You can still do this while at home! Choose a schedule that works for you, and try not to eat any snacks outside of the designated snack window. It will make you think twice when you go for an extra granola bar, when you know your snack time is coming up in an hour or so.
Try choosing healthier options like raw veggies and hummus, or fruit and nuts.
Stay Busy and Distracted
A lot of times, snacking while at home isn’t from hunger or even cravings, but from boredom. The best way to combat this is by staying busy. Find a new hobby, learn a language or new skill, play with your dogs or kids or do a puzzle. Try to find more activities that keep you occupied during the day.
Drink More Water
Let's face it we can all drink more water! Water is essential for overall wellness. It helps our digestion, our skin and many other things including over eating! Often times we will grab for a snack when actually our body needs water.
Know When You Tend to Snack
Lastly, be aware of your own triggers or when you tend to go for snacks. Maybe this is when you get bored, or when you are procrastinating from doing chores. You might eat snacks just because you see them there, or because someone else in the house is eating. For other people, it is more likely after getting stressed from the news or to deal with difficult emotions.
This is the perfect time to create better habits while we have the time. Focus and listen to your body before you reach for that snack! Let's come out of this quarantine healthier than ever!