Have you thought of putting a lock on your fridge or snack cupboard in the last few weeks?
Yes, me too! Being at home all the time might be hard for some of us when it comes to mindless snacking.
The habit of overeating is often caused by chronic stress, which might get triggered by events that are out of our control and cause uncertainty, such as COVID-19.
Lack of sleep, changes in hormonal levels (for instance, before menstruation) or boredom can be the reason why you feel like you're hungry all the time.
If you would like to break the habit of overeating, these simple suggestions might help:
- Don't allow yourself to become way too hungry. Figure out the optimal number of meals that work for you, your body type and your lifestyle. Should you prefer to eat more frequently, consider on cutting your portion sizes at each meal. most of us might prefer to eat 3 or 4 times a day, but some people would rather have 5 smaller meals.
- Drink your water!
Thirst can often give you the false sense of hunger. By drinking a big glass of water 20 minutes prior to having a meal can rule out thirst and reduce the likelihood of overeating.
- Protein and Fiber
They're your friends, they will keep you fuller for longer plus you're body will be getting the right nutrients. WIN WIN! Get your bran flakes and oats in with a boiled egg in the morning and you'll be set till lunchtime.
- Mindful eating
I really can't stress how important this is!
Chew your food slowly, put your phone away while you're eating, don't eat in front of your TV. Concentrate on enjoying your nutritious meal and be grateful for the food on your plate.
If you know that you'll most likely be inclined at least once a day to repack to the snack cupboard and get yourself a naughty snack, it's a good idea to swap the junk up with healthy and nutritious snacks. This doesn't mean that you have to eat cabbage leaves now, but try to stock up on nuts, wholegrain crackers, cottage cheese, dark chocolate and almonds, popcorn, hard-boiled eggs. Make sure that you're ready for the fight and even if you get triggered, it's nothing to worry about, because you're still nourishing your body at the end of the day.
Hopefully these tips will help to stop you overeating and mindlessly snacking. Test each one of these suggestions to see which works best for you and then stick with it. Once it becomes a habit, you’re more likely to say no when you’re full and indulge when your body needs the fuel