Snacking doesn’t have to be bad. Unfortunately, what we snack on can be our downfall. Follow these simple rules to keep your health journey on track.
1. Clear out the Cupboardsphoto credit: Incase. via photopin cc
The first step to control snacking is to control your environment. So, get rid of all those processed, sugary, salty snacks that are just begging to be eaten late at night. You can’t snack on what you don’t have.
2. Eat Nutsphoto credit: Theen … via photopin cc
If you must snack, try eating shelled nuts. The time and effort it takes to get to the edible part is relaxing and takes longer, so you feel full sooner. Plus, they’re healthy!
3. Focusphoto credit: Luigi Crespo via photopin cc
Refrain from snacking while watching TV, talking, etc. If you focus on what you’re eating, you eat less because you’re more aware of what you’re putting in your body. So, if you have to snack, sit down and treat your snack like you would a meal: eat slowly and pay attention to what you’re doing.
4. Restrict Yourselfphoto credit: epSos.de via photopin cc
Put boundaries up for yourself when you snack. Instead of eating out of the bag, take a smaller amount and eat what’s in front of you, nothing more.
5. Drink Waterphoto credit: Jim Murphy via photopin cc
Another way to scare off the snacking demon is to drink water. Sometimes, when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just dehydrated. Drinking a cup or two of water might not only slake your appetite, it might give you the boost of clarity and alertness you need.
6. Brush Your Teethphoto credit: wwarby via photopin cc
When all else fails, brush your teeth. The action of cleaning out and refreshing the mouth tells the body that mealtime is over. Besides, have you ever tried eating a cookie after you just brushed? It’s kind of disgusting!