Monday, May 11, 2015

Avoid Snacking - My Top 5 Tips

When you THINK you are hungry, stop and really take an assessment of HUNGER.
-When was the last time you ate? If it has been less than 2 hours you're probably not hungry.
-Do you feel genuinely hungry? This is different for everyone. You know what it feels like to you.
Here are some suggestions to win the battle over snacking:
1. Write it out. Are you tired or maybe you’re just stressed or upset. Food can often be a calming influence. It's in our brain wiring to get away from stress. But there are other ways to help your situation. Get enough sleep at night! Get some exercise each day. Journal. Listen to some good music. Call a friend just to say “hi”. Paint your nails. 
2. Do something else. We like to snack when we are bored. Focus on something. So sometimes when you think eating is the answer, some other activity might take its place. Make a list of activities you like to do. 
3. Get on your TO DO list. Sometimes you you think hungry because it is a way to procrastinate. Realize that you may indeed be hungry, but that doesn’t mean you need to eat. You won’t starve. If you were truly engaged in your work then you wouldn’t be hungry. Often we eat to avoid doing what we need to do. Tell yourself “I’ll work hard for 20 minutes and then I can have a snack if I still want it.” If you gave it a sincere effort then go have a snack. If you find that now you’re engaged in your work, then you probably won’t even think about it. If it starts to happen everyday that you can’t make it past 10 minutes, it might be time to start looking for a job that you might enjoy more.
4. Avoiding foods is easier than saying no. It’s much easier to avoid temptation than to resist it. Don’t buy junk and tempting food you don’t want to eat. Shop with a list. Avoid the break room at work. Tell those around you what your goals are so they won't buy you treats you don't need.
5. Thirst is confused for hunger. Your brain might be trying to tell you that something is off, and maybe that thing is that you’re just thirsty, not hungry. So drink some water. The water in your stomach may also communicate to your brain a greater feeling of fullness, and reduce your desire to eat.
IF YOU SNACK:
Don’t beat yourself up.
 If you start to crave something, or even if you start to snack, don’t get mad at yourself. It doesn’t help. Being mad at yourself is just an added source of stress that will likely lead you back to the fridge. Move forward and move on.

Eat healthy foods and most likely you won't crave junk!Feed your body what it really wants. Foods rich in nutrients!If you struggle with eating, I am happy to help. You can join my next challenge group. Contact me on facebook or stephanieiowa @gmail.com for more info. Make me your FREE coach HERE

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