Has everybody started the week off well...new month new goals?
Have you maybe started well and then by the middle of the week been thrown off course and eaten a little more than you should? Maybe eaten when you've not really been hungry?
Snacking is always an area that needs focus...we all snack and we all know it should be healthy and relevant to our goals but what is the best way to attack the snacks?
The key is to learn how to snack responsibly and to plan snacks into your day, not just to eat them on-the-fly.
1. Treat your snack like a meal
When we’re in snack mode, we typically ignore standard eating practices, like sitting at a table — instead we’re standing in the kitchen, or driving to a meeting. By not consciously acknowledging what you’re consuming, it can ultimately lead to OVER eating. If you actually take the time to put your snack on a plate, sit down and enjoy it like a meal, you’re going to savour what you’re eating that much more. You’ll also be more likely to feel satisfied.
2. Focus on your food
Don’t watch TV, listen to music, or talk on the phone while you’re eating. It leads to mindless munching! Be mentally present for your snack. By focusing on what you’re consuming, you’ll end up eating less and enjoying your snack a lot more.
3. Limit yourself
Moderation. Don’t sit down with an entire package of anything — you’re likely to end up eating it ALL or way more than the serving size. Select a reasonable, healthy portion, then put the box back in the cupboard. Then, just enjoy your snack and put your plate in the dishwasher when you’re done. Practicing self control takes concentration, discipline, and hard work, but, if you put your mind to it, you can stop when you tell yourself that you’ve had enough.
4. When you can’t stop
Brush your teeth! Who wants to eat another sweet with the taste of mint on your tongue? Other tricks? Paint your nails, play with an app or go on the computer — anything that distracts you will stop you from going back into the kitchen. After 20 minutes browsing on the internet I’m willing to bet you’ll forget all about those sweets you were thinking of unwrapping.
4. Control your environment
It’s simple. If you find that you’re having an issue with self control, then don’t keep unhealthy snacks in the house. You can’t eat what’s not there! If a certain food is your personal kryptonite, stop buying it. It’s no fun to deprive yourself of your favourite foods, but if you find it that hard to keep yourself in check, it’s not worth keeping them around either.
It’s time to stop doing what you've done to gain the weight and time to start making the changes you need to FINALLY lose the weight for good.
See you soon
“You are what you eat...so don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake”