7 tricks to help stop unhealthy snacking
See that bowl of salt and vinegar chips in the kitchen? It’s got your name written all over it. It’s also got the words “weight gain” scribbled all over it. This utterly-delicious-but-so-so-bad-for-you snack doesn’t seem so appealing now, does it?
We all struggle with mindless and unhealthy eating sometimes, especially when our places of employment keep an abundance of tasty treats on hand all the time. Simply follow these top healthy eating tips and you’ll not only see an increase in your willpower but, as you decrease your need to nibble, you may even shift a few kilos, too.
7 TRICKS TO HELP STOP UNHEALTHY SNACKING
#1. Don’t purchase unhealthy foods.
If you don’t have fatty, high-sugar foods in your desk drawer or handbag, you can’t eat them. So, write a shopping list that’s filled with nutritious foods and create healthy snacks to bring with you during the day.
#2. Don’t ever skip breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Yep, each meal is a must. So are small snacks in between said meals, which is the key to keeping hunger pangs at bay. If you fill your stomach with fibre-rich, high-protein food during the day, fighting the urge to nibble on whatever you can get your hands on will become a thing of the past.
#3. Brush your teeth after each meal.
No one wants to pop a savoury cracker into their mouth when they’ve got fresh minty breath, do they? Enough said. Bonus: you’ll promote a healthy mouth environment, reduce plaque and possibly even whiten your teeth.
#4. Drink water. Lots of water.
It’s rather silly, but many of us mistake hunger pangs for thirst. Yep, we’re shoving high-calorie food into our months on a regular basis when all our body really needs is calorie-free water.
#5. Make each meal extra-tasty.
Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring – add raw coconut oil to your morning smoothie, pomegranate seeds and avocado to your lunchtime salad, and salmon on the side of your dinner vegetables so you look forward to your meals. Spices and seasonal produce add a lot of flavour, and are kind to the ol’ waistline, too.
#6. Work out when you’re most vulnerable.
It may be in the morning when you’re still half asleep, or it may be when the clock strikes 3pm. Either way, ensure you’ve got healthy food on hand when that time hits to prevent you from scoffing down a large bag of Skittles in 54.67 seconds.
#7. Write down everything you eat.
It’s an oldie, but most certainly a goodie. Journaling everything you put in your mouth makes you accountable, and forces you to think twice about nibbling on something not-so-good for you today, tomorrow and the next day.
Do you tend to snack on unhealthy foods? What naughty food can you never resist? What are your tricks for preventing mindless snacking?