We are all guilty of snacking, especially late at night! Whether you’ve had a bad day or just have a sweet tooth and can’t resist that tub of ice cream in the fridge, here are some tips to help you ‘quit’ snacking:
- Eat what you enjoy: Ensure you have some of your favourite foods in your daily meals. For example if you like chocolate, consider putting two squares in your yogurt. Once you satisfy those taste buds, you may be less likely to binge on it that night.
- Eat mindfully and take your time eating your meals: Take deep breaths, appreciate and savor the food you are consuming, and take short breaks. The slower and more mindfully you eat, your ‘fullness’ cue will kick in.
- Distract yourself: If you are feeling like binging, consider going instead for a walk. You may not realize it, but many of those cravings come from boredom.
- Hydrate: Drink water, or herbal teas to kill the hunger.
- Identify your triggers: Get to the root of why you are feeling these urges. Are you stressed with work? Did you have a bad day? Once you get to the root it’s easier to manage with healthier options (i.e. if you know work will be stressful tomorrow, pack an extra apple, banana or plan to make a morning smoothie to help start your day!).