Find yourself snacking mindlessly?
Now, there's nothing wrong with snacking; it can help prevent overeating and control blood sugar levels. But, is it always necessary and are you doing it right??
Here are a few tips on how to break the bad habit of snacking mindlessly:
1. Don’t make it easy
Easy access to snack foods invariably leads to munching, so do what you can to minimise temptation. Add some interruption that will make you think twice before snacking. Don’t leave snack food around your desk at work, or in easily accessible places at home. By putting barriers in the way, it’ll test how much you really want them.
2. Forward planning
Think ahead and be prepared for all outcomes. Take a moment to think about how you would like to feel at the end of the day. Preparing healthy meals and snacks may be time-consuming but your body will thank you for it in the long run. We’re all human and inevitably not every day will go according to plan, so it’s important to assess whether or not the foods you are choosing to consume are a good option to fuel and nourish your body.
3. Drink more water
It’s very easy to confuse dehydration with hunger. We all know when our bodies are craving something and a lot of the time we assume that it’s food we need, when it’s often just liquid. You don’t always have to necessarily drink water but make sure the drink you choose is low in caffeine and sodium as both cause further dehydration, giving your mouth a feeling of thirst that can encourage you to snack.
4. Use the hunger/fullness scale and eat to satisfy
Think of your hunger as a scale of 1 to 10 Level 1 = starving
Levels 3-4 = you’re mildly hungry
Levels 7-8 = you’re comfortably full
Level 10 = you’re completely stuffed
If you can work on training yourself to eat as soon as you reach levels 3-4 and stop eating when you reach levels 7-8 (between which points your blood sugar levels will be at their most stable) then over time you’ll become much more aware of your body’s hunger and fullness signals and you’ll be less inclined to indulge in mindless snacking, boredom eating or comfort eating.
5. When You Can't Stop…
Find distractions. 👍🏻